You remember HP, right? Invent. Slogans are not worth much these days. Apparently, neither is innovation. What’s more important for a high tech company to assure higher sales is to copy what Apple designs. Our favorite Mac maker has become the research and development arm for everyone else.
Invent? Nah. Copycat Is Much Easier
Look at the tech landscape today. Is it an Ultrabook or a MacBook Air? Is it an iPad or Galaxy Tab? Is it an HP or an iMac?
The company that once personified invention has been relegated to a second rate PC manufacturer which appears to depend upon copying Apple designs to stay relevant.
The latest is the Spectre One, an HP all-in-one desktop PC running Windows 8 and starting at $1,299.
What sets HP’s new Spectre apart is the more than a passing similarity to Apple’s iMac. Check out the all-in-one screen design and compare it to Apple’s venerable iMac.
Then notice the stand, and the keyboard, and the trackpad– all similar to the iMac, Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard, and Magic Trackpad.
Is it fair to say that HP’s engineers didn’t really copy Apple’s iMac?
After all, the iMac’s stand is rounded while HP’s is angular. The iMac’s communication ports are behind the screen, while the HP models appear in the stand itself.
What about the HP keyboard and trackpad? Sure, those are not copied from Apple designs. Those are merely natural evolutions of design.
We Apple fan folks have to admit that design evolves. It’s only natural that Ultrabooks go thin and light and tapered and made of aluminum– just like Apple’s MacBook Air.
It’s only natural that smart phones have icons exactly like the iPhone. Or, competing tablets look similar to the iPad. That’s the natural evolution of design, right?
How long before HP’s famed invent crew and designers in research and development come up with a new company logo?