Now Samsung slavishly copies Apple’s Mac mini

It’s getting difficult to keep up with the pace of Samsung’s slavish copying.

John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac, “Samsung’s predilection for shamelessly ripping off Apple’s design is well documented at this point.”

“If Samsung’s ever going to quit ripping off Apple’s design team and make their own damn products, they show no sign of abating, as the latest product design to be ripped off by Samsung is their new Chromebox, which looks almost identical to the Mac mini: a tiny aluminum box with a black circular opening at the bottom,” Brownlee reports. “Unbelievable.”

Samsung's Mac mini ripoff

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Maybe Samsung doesn’t understand what copying means? Something’s getting lost in the translation, that’s for sure.

You want to know what’s really unbelievable? That, after half a decade, at least, of Samsung’s slavish copying, Apple continues to do billions of dollars of business with Samsung. Apple, which has enough money to build or bankroll anything they want, like a chip fab, or a touch screen display factory, or anything they could ever need.

“Oh, you copied our iPhone, our iPod touch, our iOS home screen, our icons, and our Mac mini? Here’s another three endless German lawsuits and, oh yeah, by the way, a $10 billion contract for touch screens.”

Something just does not compute here. If you get mugged, do you buy the leather for a new wallet from your mugger while pressing charges? If you’re Tim Cook, you do.

Apple could have – and should have – dropped Samsung like a bad habit years ago. Not one red cent should be going from Apple to Samsung today. It’s a travesty. It’s poor planning. And it’s bad business. The only conclusion we can draw is that Tim Cook, operations genius, boxed Apple in and is now stuck; beholden to a den of thieves. That sort of “decision making” doesn’t bode well for Apple’s future. It really doesn’t.

Here’s the question Walt Mossberg should have asked Cook onstage at D10: “Excuse me, Tim, but WTF are you still doing any business at all with Samsung?”

Wouldn’t you love to hear the answer to that one? Walt could use Keynote to flash all of Samsung’s knockoffs of Apple’s designs on the big screen behind Tim while he sputtered and stammered.

Next shareholders’ meeting or conference call, somebody might want to ask Mr. Cook that one.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. No reason why they should not copy. What or who is to stop them. Since both Apple and Samsung both effectively has endless resources to fund legal battles, patent Law will never be a decisive barrier. The law is much to timid and malleable. Besides, Apple’s own failure to continue pushing it’s computer business forward has opened the door to Samsung. I for one will look seriously at their mini if the price is write and if I can run UBantu on it.

  2. Don’t worry Apple – Chromebox is no threat to you. It’s not even a real computer. The specs are laughable and it appears to be aimed at running Chrome OS. I wish it were real, but it’s not…sigh

  3. MDN: Perfect take. Perfect comment.

    Samsung = SameDung = SOS (Same Old Shite).

    In this case of auto-mimicry, at least there is the solace that no one with half-a-brain will be buying Chrome OS anything. It’s nothing more than a glorified WebTV.

    Oops. Wrong century. 😛

  4. Long term Apple has to start looking at whatever it takes to make products in America and Europe, copying everything like Samsung and most of the Asian countries involved in electronics are doing, is getting to be laughable. Everything is going out the back door (from Apple subcontractors ) and across the street in Korea or China to other companies, making money short term in Asia can only last so long before it really bites you in the ass.

  5. I think it is time to coin a new expression in the hope that it passes into common usage.
    A new verb: To samsung.
    Which means to slavishly copy others due to the lack of any native wit or class, or creative intelligence.

  6. MDN, et al: Samsung is NOT AT ALL copying the Mac mini! Can’t you read the specs?

    Mac mini: 7.7″ x 7.7″ x 1.4″ @ 2.7lbs
    Chrome: 7.5″ x 7.5″ X 1.28″ @ 2.64 lbs

    The Chromebox has 6 USB ports. Which is good because with only 16GB SSD you’ll be plugging in lots of USB thumb drives!

  7. Sorry MDN,
    But it’s never about the money. Apple does not want Samsung to copy Apple’s products because copying is not right. Apple buys Samsung’s products because that’s the right decision. That’s about it. It’s never about the money.

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