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02-14-2012, 01:07 AM #1
Apple Forces Pegatron to Cease Production of Asus Zenbook
Apple is apparently asking one of its manufacturers, Pegatron, to cease the production of Ultrabook laptops for Asus after being displeased with the similarity in appearance of Asus’ Zenbook line. The Cupertino California company even threatened Pegatron by saying that if they don’t cease the production of the laptops that they will have to face the consequences of losing orders from Apple.
Many of you already know that Ultrabooks are what PC manufacturers are seeking to create as a result of the success of the MacBook Air. Many PC manufacturers revealed their products at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show as an attempt to show off and woo consumers with products to come. Manufacturers such as Pegatron stand to suffer quite a bit of money if they lose contracts with a company as high profile as Apple since the manufacturer not only assembles iPhones but is also rumored to be producing the next-generation iPad.
According to the Commercial Times:
Apple reportedly was unhappy about Pegatron's production of Asustek's Zenbook models, which are similar to its MacBook Air, especially in its outer design, and therefore, demand Pegatron make a choice, claimed the paper, which added that Pegatron began to assemble iPhones for Apple in 2011 and is eager to solicit orders for next-generation iPads from the vendor.
Source: Commercial Times [via Google Translate]
02-14-2012, 04:45 AM #2
When you're scared of competition you whine like a ***** and cry to manufacturers. Apple reminds me of the bratty girl in Willy Wonka.
02-14-2012, 05:00 AM #3
Wow, Apple really are pricks and this is more proof.
02-14-2012, 06:01 AM #4
The bottom half of that device looks identical to a 2011 MBA. It's not about competition, it's about copyright and patents; these laws are emplaced to protect people's hard work. I'm sure if you had a business you wouldn't want people ripping off your design, it's a key selling point, especially for Apple.
02-14-2012, 06:57 AM #5
Can't wait to see what will happen once Apple releases TV. They'll start suing every TV manufacturer, especially Samsung, for making rectangular flat and thin TVs...
I use MacBook Air, but I can't stand seeing all these absurd court cases. In fact, I looked at Zenbook before I decided to buy MBA. Let the competition/buyers decide, not courts, what manufacturers should and shouldn't produce.
02-14-2012, 08:21 AM #6
But I want an Asus laptop now daddy.
My respect for Apple seems to decline day by day. didnt start with much to begin with
02-14-2012, 08:50 AM #7
Bottom line... It is possible to have a thin Ultrabook without copying the Air's design, but the Zenbook is a blatant reproduction.
02-14-2012, 08:57 AM #8
These type of stories are why this will be the last Apple device that I own.
When they pull crap like this and cry foul for licensing in Europe when a ban is placed against them is disgusting.
02-14-2012, 09:22 AM #9
The thing is, if this were even substantially a copyright claim they could use their usual channels ala Samsung to get them to stop selling the products. To go behind all copyright channels and use bully tactics with a manufacturer to stop production of a product under no legal grounds of copyright infringement is not right, under any circumstance. Apple is slowly but certainly losing my respect as a company.
02-14-2012, 09:28 AM #10
02-14-2012, 09:52 AM #11
Okay just because competition is making an ultra book doesn't neccessarily mean they are copying Apple. Every new ultra book I see is thin similar to the MBA. There's no other way around an ultra book other than being thin and I see so many net books. I don't see them suing against each other or causing fiasco over a similar design BUT DIFFERENT BRAND. Also if it was infringing on Apple's patent, then why did they still release it?
02-14-2012, 11:02 AM #12
Haha I wasn't really for the Samsung/Apple lawsuits over the Galaxy because they were pretty different but these ultra books look just like my MacBook Air. Lol.
02-14-2012, 11:30 AM #13
Im not a big fan of that sue-trolling, but ASUS made me laugh... Apple/no Apple, designer (or even maybe several), team of engineers they all worked hard to create MBA, especially with Steve biting their arses. And now, all of a sudden, these guys come out and copycat this design...
Being the designer who created it, i'd be PIZZZZED O_o
So here Apple has my full support.
02-14-2012, 11:43 AM #14
And this is what happens when a company becomes a monopoly...
02-14-2012, 11:47 AM #15
It's pretty hilarious that everyone here talking about copyrites and patents has no idea what the hell they're talking about.
02-14-2012, 11:58 AM #16
02-14-2012, 12:21 PM #17
I don't see much of any similarity in design but I can see apples point to an extent. They are a business... Not a charity...or a church...
Just chill out and realize that this is what company's do. They do what's best for income...
02-14-2012, 12:29 PM #18
1. @Mcuningham You can't even spell copyrights correctly.
2. Apple is in the right. Apple has the ability to do what it is doing because of the huge innovations they make in the industry and the amount of money they control. That said, Apple can't fight off the onslaught of copiers. This is true for any industry. They claimed market share because they were first in the market which gave them the competitive edge. They still won't lose that much market share to these new ShitBook Airs because Apple's products are differentiated by being sleek, unibodied, fast, and being able to run OS X. That said, if it is within Apple's ability to flex their strength against competition who copy them, then they should do it.
02-14-2012, 12:50 PM #19
Reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is what Apple has been lobbying for in Europe, all while attempting to still block imports of devices into certain markets. The problem with this is that Apple is seeking the most profitable solution for their company regardless of consistency across markets.
This will have a negative impact on customers in the long run. I suppose it should also be pointed out that there have been a number of absurd patents that were awarded to Apple, or at least they are claiming certain design aspects are "theirs."
Apple claims rectangles, round corners and flat black screens are theirs » Phone Reviews
02-14-2012, 01:07 PM #20
Remember first LEDs on Audi cars? Soon others began copying them: Mercedes, Porsche; even Kia has them now. Big deal.
... unless they steal from you...