No, not just Samsung, though that’s the thief that comes to mind first. Everyday common criminals love Apple products, which explains why in New York City the iPhone is a visual sign that says, ‘Mug Me Now.’ Wait. There’s more!
A Thief By Any Other Name
Yes, Samsung does steal Apple product ideas and call them their own (Samsung store-within-a-store at Best Buy, Samsung smartphones and tablets that look suspiciously like iPhones and iPads).
Why should Samsung spend billions on market research and research and development when all they need to do is copy what Apple does?
Samsung is merely a public thief which brazenly rips off the Apple brand. Other thieves prefer the dark of alleys to mug iPhone users.
More recently, criminals who can drive have figured out there’s more money in stealing by the trunk load than there is in onesies and twosies.
That explains the rash of holiday thefts where thieves smash stolen cars into Apple’s glass lined stores and make off with tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise rather than someone’s old iPhone 4S.
Apple as the preferred target of thieves isn’t limited to high crime areas in the U.S. Germany and England have had similar daring thefts this holiday season.
What we don’t hear much is anyone stealing products from Microsoft’s new Apple-inspired stores, usually located within a stone’s throw of an Apple Store. Not only is Microsoft having a tough time selling their own products in their own stores, even thieves know that nobody wants to buy a hot Surface or Windows Phone.