There’s also always the possibility that Microsoft, with its plans for Windows 8 tablets, will be a challenge to Apple in the enterprise market — an area where Apple has been making a big push. According to a report from The Post’s J.D. Harrison, there’s not much in the new iPad that will tempt businesses, but the introduction of Microsoft Office on a tablet has the potential to be very interesting to businesses.
Overall, however, Apple’s managed to stay just enough ahead of the rest of the market to stay the strongest competitors in a field that’s growing more crowded every day.
Despite all the buzz Apple receives for being first in the tablet computing arena, at least one innovator may have beaten the firm to envisioning the future. Michael S. Rosenwald reports:
For [Roger] Fidler and colleagues who knew him back when he dreamed the future, the video’s resurfacing generated exhilarating but sore memories — and lots of thorny questions: What if their lab hadn’t been shut down by shortsighted corporate bean-counting? Is Fidler getting enough credit, or even any credit? Did Apple (ahem) steal the idea?
Or had Fidler’s crew simply planted the concept of this most fantastic innovation into the public mind all those many years ago? This last one, it turns out, is the linchpin question in an epic patent battle between Apple and Samsung, an emergent rival in the tablet market. And of all the wonder and what-ifs, it’s the question that has catapulted Fidler from his peaceful academic life to the center of a global legal war.
Apple is suing Samsung, alleging that the Korean company copied its iPad design. And Samsung is defending itself, in large part, by using Fidler’s video-gone-viral, saying it proves the design was already in the public domain and is thus not patentable. Fidler is bewildered. He cherishes his sleek white iPad, but most unexpectedly he’s quietly siding with the enemy of a dead man he reveres.
“I never would have anticipated this would become such a big issue all these years later,” Fidler said. “All of this has certainly surprised me.”
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