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Apple is Watching Palm Pre for IP Infringement

All of our gushing about the Palm Pre aside (or the Palm Pretty as some of us in the office have taken to calling it), it looks like Apple might not be so hot on Palm’s latest addition to the touch screen smartphone race.

The Pre was launched at CES in the first week of January and it impressed pretty much everyone at the conference. Sure, not all of us liked it, but most conceded that Palm deserved kudos for coming up with something so different to what it had before. Palm said it was going after the “fat middle market” that is the people who want to use a smartphone for both work and play (as opposed to the iPhone’s mostly play reputation and RIM’s mostly work history) but people immediately started comparing it to the iPhone.

It seems Apple is none too pleased about this. Gizmodo points to remarks from Tim Cook, the man Steve Jobs has left in charge, and says that Apple is hinting that the Pre is ripping off the iPhone IP. Uh oh.

Tim Cook said the company welcomed competition as long as the other team doesn’t play dirty and if they do, Apple won’t be taking crap from anyone.

"We like competition as long as they don't rip off our IP. And we're going to go after anybody that does."

That said, when an analyst asked if he was talking about the Pre, because you know, everyone assumed he was talking about the Pre, Cook replied that he was just making a general statement about how much Apple hates to be ripped off.

"I'm making a general statement...We will not stand for having our IP ripped off," and Apple will use any "weapons at our disposal."

Hmm, is someone a little bitter that iPod God, Jon Rubinstein, is now leading Palm’s research, development, and engineering? Wait and see, I suppose.

Read our coverage of the Palm Pre here.

Jane McEntegart works in content marketing at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than 7 years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor.

  • PrangeWay
    God forbid Palm produces products in the market IT invented. People talk about Microsoft as a corporate bully, but Apple really sets the standard in both competetion bullying, and locking customers into proprietary formats. Bleh.
  • neiroatopelcc
    "I'm making a general statement...We will not stand for having our IP ripped off," and Apple will use any "weapons at our disposal."
    Kind of a hypocretical comment from a company with a huge track record of playing dirty and ripping off competitors.
    Guess they're so afraid of competition that they don't have a choice. Poor rotten apple.
    Well actually not poor - appearently quite wealthy in fact.
  • deredita
    I am getting very disgusted by Apple. I am getting annoyed, as I want a new desktop to go with my aging Macbook, which at the moment is my primary computer. The only desktops Apple offer are exceptionally overpriced units with outdated and obsolete hardware, and the Mac Pro, which would cost me over $3000.

    Now this - instead of them seeing some competition as a way for them to spark some further innovation, they seek to get rid of competition at all costs by legal means. I used to hate Microsoft, but to be honest, I think Apple is a far far dirtier player. If they ever become the majority in the computer industry - I think that computer hardware innovation would slowly grind to a halt based on how infrequently they update their desktops.

    I am disgusted enough by Apple's shady tactics, and lack of any sort of modern desktop hardware, that I am considering switching back to Windows soon. I can't deal with the lack of quad-core desktops, lack of 8GB ram, lack of innovation, etc... I want a powerful computer, not an overpriced decoration that happens to be able to do some light computing.

    I've also had a miserable time with Leopard. Kernel panics, instability, slower performance, etc... How was that any better than Microsoft switching from XP to Vista? Apple went from a rock solid platform 10.4, and went to 10.5, which took forever for them to get working stably. I upgraded from 10.4.11 to 10.5, then after 10.5.4, downgraded back to 10.4.11. I have upgraded a few Windows machines I have at work to Vista, and have yet to downgrade them back to XP.
  • JMcEntegart
    Too true. Making a lot of money these days...
  • Small typo...good article. "It seems Apple is none too please(d) about this."
  • JMcEntegart
    Oops, sorry. Should be all fixed. Thanks for the heads up.
  • captaincharisma
    LOL thats funny. Apple offers a quadcore desktop for 3K+ and yey you can go get a quad core PC now for under 1K LOL. just go get a quadcore PC and get a copy of Mac OSX that will work for PC's. I know it can be a pain getting Mac OSX to run on a PC but i rather the pain then wasting an extra 2k on the MAC quadcore
  • frozenlead
    Another grand statement from our old friend, Big Brother.

    I wonder if the iFans ever hear about this kinda stuff.
  • BallistaMan
    I usually tell the variety of iFans I meet. Most could care less. :(
  • TheCapulet
    If I remember right when the company that has the mac pro 8 core zeon machine bought it, it was somewhere in the range of 9k. And they're relitively underpowered zeons. Though it does have 32GB ram and 4TB of HD space. But either way, I could build the same machine for as little as 2-3k at the very most.

    Total Waste. I could have talked them out of it, if they didnt need it for some proprietary apple format. Who would have guessed. :P