Among major technology companies in the world, which company gets copied the most? More than a few of us would say, “Apple gets copied the most.” There are plenty of examples available, but Apple does it’s own copying, too.
The point and click user interface in the Mac? Microsoft didn’t invent that for Windows. They copied what Apple created (after being inspired by Xerox). There’s a reason so many smartphones look like the iPhone. Even Microsoft’s retail stores, usually found in a mall near Apple’s stores, looks like an Apple Store.
Here’s where Apple seems intent and ready to copy Microsoft and here’s why it’s a good thing.
State Of The Art
Thomas Bailey captured the essence of a presentation made to Germantown, TN city officials. Apple plans to update a retail store, and the presentation used images which are clearly an Apple Store design, but with an almost-but-not-quite obscure change to the traditional Apple Stores which populate so many malls around the country.
Can you spot it?
That looks like an Apple Store without the Apple logo, right? Same large glass in the front, same long, narrow tables, same wide and spacious flooring, same images on the wall. Nope. Those images appear to be multiple wide-screen displays, ala JumboTron, on the walls; left, right, and back of store– instead of Apple’s large and static plastic and glass product displays.
The large displays are configured in such a way that they combine to create a single image. I’m thinking lots of 4k displays. Now, here’s a Wikipedia photo of a Microsoft Store in a mall. See all the displays on the wall?
Microsoft copied Apple’s Store design and layout (though most Microsoft Stores are much smaller, and have a higher employee to customer ratio than Apple). And it looks as if large display screens are coming to Apple Stores.
Of course, Microsoft wasn’t the first retailer to put up a rack of screens as wall displays, but it managed the trick before Apple, an event which doesn’t happen often.