Yeah, it’s that simple. Apple acts as the R&D division for many of the company’s competitors; Samsung, Microsoft, Google, HTC, and Asus which just launched a new line of products. A Watch-like smartwatch and an iMac-like Windows PC.
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Remember way back when, all the way back to early 2008. Apple launched a very thin and light Mac called the MacBook Air. It was beautiful, underpowered, overpriced and sold like crazy.
Look around the Windows notebook world and what do you see? Cheap plastic notebooks, and a long line of thin, light, aluminum-cased MacBook Air knockoffs that run Windows.
What’s going on? Business as usual. Apple sets the design theme and starts the trend with a new product line, and within weeks or months, competitors have something that looks similar but at half the price.
Apple Watch was introduced last year which should have given Samsung plenty of time to retool their entire smartwatch lineup, but Taiwanese maker Asus beat ’em to the gate. Does this look familiar?
It’s called the ZenWatch, a rectangular smartwatch with a digital crown highly reminiscent of you know who and what; an Android Wear watch which is bigger than Apple Watch, comes in three color models, with 18 different watch strap designs available. ZenWatch has an AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3. The watch is controlled by the digital crown. How much? Less than Apple Watch, of course.
Asus may have copied Apple Watch but it’s innovating, too– check out the world’s largest smartwatch bezel. The company isn’t exactly standing still as a copycat competitor, though. Does this look familiar?
No, that’s not an iMac with Retina display. That’s a Taiwanese knockoff known as the Asus AiO Series, an all-in-one Windows PC which starts with a screen size of 21.5-inches, features a USB-C reversible connector, and an Intel RealSense camera that can sense motion and track facial recognition.
Zen is the new Galaxy. Asus loves Zen. Hence, the ZenPad, an iPad Air knockoff with gobs of RAM, a Retina-like display, and pressure sensitive stylus. ZenWatch, ZenPad, and now ZenPhone Selfie, a smartphone running Android which features dual 13-megapixel cameras with flash– on both front and back– perfect for selfies.
The world’s major computing brands– Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Asus, Lenovo, HTC, Huawei, Xiomi and others– all owe a debt of gratitude (if not annual design licensing fees) to Apple. What would PC notebooks and desktops, smartphones, tablets, and watches look like today if Apple hadn’t brought out the MacBook Air, iMac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch?