Xiaomi MiPad? Seriously? Apple must be absolutely furious

“Way to go with the slavish imitation of concepts captured in Cupertino, all you Android-loving automata out there — years of defending the indefensible ‘copy, litigate and settle’ approach of the great pretender, Samsung, and now there’s a new imitator in town, the Xiaomi iPad-u-like,” Jonny Evans writes for Apple Must.

“Apple must be absolutely furious,” Evans writes. “‘From our point of view it’s important that Apple not be the developer for the world. We can’t take all of our energy and all of our care and finish the painting, then have someone else put their name on it. We can’t have that. The worst thing in the world that can happen to you if you’re an engineer that has given his life to something is for someone to rip it off and put their name to it,’ Tim Cook said in 2012. Except that’s exactly what’s still going on and the flawed patent system doesn’t seem able to stop it.”

Xiaomi MiPad
Xiaomi MiPad

Evans writes, “Apple must be pissed. I would be. Any reasonable person who cares about human achievement should be. It means there’s no protection for your ideas any more. In the long run there’s no point having them. Welcome to the new reality in which imitation becomes ‘innovation’ and the inventors stay at home. This gives me little hope for humanity.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

Related article:
Chinese budget device maker Xiaomi aims at Apple with first tablet: 7.9-inch ‘MiPad’ – May 15, 2014


  1. Blatant copying with No Recourse! Thanks lame Justice System for taking away all the fear in stealing IP. Well the Chinese government wholeheartedly supports this. Screw tacky junk from China.

  2. Apple should sue the U.S. government. Oh wait …. You can’t.
    What a cesspool the U.S. Government has become and will continue to be without a new revolt from “WE THE PEOPLE”. Asian scum and ALL illegal squatters have NO CLUE about American history & innovation. Nor do they care with all the handouts and backing from such a corrupt government. FCK’n SAD.

  3. Innovation drives prices up (R&D has a cost).
    Competition drives prices down.
    The notion of intellectual property was that by protecting, for a period of time, the exclusivity on an implementation the R&D could be recouped and the enterprise duly rewarded for having taken the risk.
    I guess in our era of “corporations are **baaaad**” protecting the “rights” of the consumer are paramount.
    But without the balance between innovation and competition the consumer will ultimately be harmed because innovation will suffer. Consumers will have cheaper and cheaper products but those products will be stagnant. This is what happened to the PC base. Ironically, it’s what opened the door to iPhone and iPad. It helps explain why disrupting staid industries is taking longer: the base has to be well and truly cheapened before a disruptive company can afford to release a ground-breaking product: Such product needs to be wildly successfully very quickly because, as Judge Koh has shown us, competition will be allowed to copy the innovation all too soon.
    We here are concerned about computers and tablets, which, in the grand scheme of things, aren’t all that important for living out one’s life. Contrast that, however, with the specter of Samsung copying pharmaceuticals. If they cause innovation to stagnate there we are all well and truly – uh – harmed.

  4. It disgusts me reading twitter and finding former heroes David Pogue Andy Inhatko reviewing and/or complimenting (even switching) Android, Microsoft phones, even Windows 8! Pogue has become a tech whore, having sold his soul pre- NY Times and Yahoo, while Andy is just a glutton for new toys, even if they suck overall. Salivating over a Windows phone because of its camera? Happy there are so many valid and good choices? really? Maybe if you’re in the market for junk food.

  5. I can not wait for the “my Android piece of shit doesn’t work, but I hate Apple so much that I will happily take some Malwaredroid in the ass every day” apologizers and paid Samsung shills to post things like rectangles can’t be patented.

  6. Usually to prevent a particular behavior you need to:

    1. Reward the behavior you want.
    2. Punish the behavior you don’t want. Punishment must be greater than the reward of the infringement.

    If you don’t do these things, the behavior will not change.

  7. The patent system is flawed on so many levels when it comes to technology that it is virtually worthless. Patents get issued all the time because one small aspect of an existing, patented process is “changed”; the USPTO does a horrible job at forcing patents to be something difficult to obtain and only for true innovations, and then there’s the litigation side, which takes years, tons of money, and in the end a decision comes after most of the patented technology is bypassed by new tech anyway.

    Then throw in Korean and Chinese businesses which have no morals about stealing your tech, your look, your work, and you really have a mess. I don’t envy Apple’s position, but I also see where Apple is going — Apple is putting its resources into creating technology that cannot be copied quickly or easily (e.g., 64 bit processors, sapphire glass, etc.). These things will distance Apple from the copyKoreancats, but it will take time and resources. But in the end we will have far better products, and people hopefully will see the crap coming out of Asia for what it really is.

  8. Yes, I’m waiting for the Android people to pipe up on that article. Even though I’ll delete them
    I can only assume my website hasn’t got the SEO ranking it needs before they get paid for doing it. I do assume they get paid? They always seem to have the exact same sentence constructions, so I always imagine them to be in some office somewhere, tapping out their dross.

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