Well well, what do you know… Apple, in response to being sued by Nokia for stealing technology and refusing to pay any license fees, have in turn sued Nokia for copying the iPhone.
In 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone a ground-breaking device that allowed users access to the functionality of the already popular iPod on a revolutionary mobile phone and Internet device… The iPhone platform has caused a revolutionary change in the mobile phone category. In contrast, Nokia made a different business decision and remained focused on traditional mobile wireless handsets with conventional user interfaces. As a result, Nokia has rapidly lost share in the market for high-end mobile phones… In response, Nokia chose to copy the iPhone, especially its enormously popular and patented design and user interface.
I think this is outrageous. How dare Nokia steal the idea of a touchscreen user interface from poor defenceless Apple! And how dare they go back in time to 2004 to release their own touchscreen device before Apple in a blatant attempt to thwart justice!
There’s no way in hell Apple can win this one. The existance of a Nokia touchscreen device predates the iPhone by three years so they can’t win there. Capacitive touchscreens haven’t been used in any currently released Nokia handsets, and the suit is aimed primarily at the Nokia 5800 which doesn’t have a capacitive screen in any of it’s versions. Even the user interface on top of the operating system is classic Symbian, just slightly adjusted so it can be used on a touchscreen instead of via a keypad. Hell, even the form factors are different, with the iPhone being wider and designed to be used with two hands while the 5800 is designed to be used single handed. Like I said, there’s no way in hell Apple can win this one, so what are they doing?
The answer is simple, they’re trying to bully Nokia. They’re saying “If you want the money that we owe you, then be prepared to fight for it and probably spend more money than you’d win.” Classic playground bully tactics, tactics that Apple has used before to their advantage many times. This looks like it’s going to be interesting. Anyone care to place a bet on who comes out on top in this one?