Is Apple turning evil?

By on August 10, 2011
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Blocking HTC devices from selling in the US and the Galaxy Tab in EU certainly suggests that.

Yesterday, Apple was granted a preliminary injunction by the German court to block sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the EU. Just a few weeks back Apple won a partial victory over HTC in a Patent Suit that could potentially end in several HTC devices being blocked for sale in the United States. Also, for a very brief period yesterday, Apple overtook Exxon as the most valuable public company in the world. Has all this money and power gone to their head and making them turn evil?

Some might think so but maybe there is a reason why Apple is so bitter. It all started back in September 2007 when Google announced the Open Handset Alliance and the Android Operating System. At that time, Google’s (then) CEO Eric Schmidt was also one of Apple’s board of directors. He started recusing himself from board meetings that had anything to do with the iPhone, but the damage was done.

When Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple’s board, Steve Jobs issued a statement saying “as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest.”

Not so subtle or diplomatic, was Steve Jobs alleged response during an Apple employees meeting: “We did not enter the search business. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them.” Stating his thoughts on Google’s famous ‘Don’t be evil’ line, Steve said that “It’s bullshit.”

Image Credit: Daniel Adel, New York Times

I probably wouldn’t be too far of if I think that Steve Jobs blames Eric Schmidt on taking notes on iPhone development during Apple’s board meetings and then secretly going back to Google and implementing them for Android. It is probably this deeply-rooted hatred against Google that is causing Apple to fight against HTC and possibly other Android handset manufacturers. And Samsung certainly likes to push it when it comes to product designs- some of them are blatant rip-offs of products by Apple.

So is Apple justified in going as far as blocking sale of devices by other manufacturers that are using Google’s Android OS? Personally, I don’t think so. But as the Corelones showed us, there is no stopping someone with vengeance on their mind and money in their pocket. Get ready for a massive showdown that will be more entertaining than any flick of this year.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Paul Castle

    Well, Steve Jobs himself has *always* been evil. Nothing new there. ;-)
    Perhaps the legal moves can be considered defensive, but even more than ‘evil’ they just seem silly considering that Apple is consistently creaming all it’s competition in the one competition that really counts: profits.
    But then, when you have all those billions sitting around, your high priced lawyers start getting plenty of ideas for ways they can earn a chunk of it… for the good of the company of course.

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