Upon its victory over Samsung in California earlier this year, Apple stated: “At Apple, we value originality… We applaud the court… for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.” However, any neutral observer knows Apple did not invent everything it lays claim to, and Apple’s strength lies more in redesigning existing technologies to attract the masses rather than innovating, per se. Indeed, Apple’s co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs once said “[Apple has] always been shameless about stealing great ideas”.
Ever wonder what ideas Apple “stole” from other companies or people? The following infographic tries to break it down for you, listing all the products or ideas Apple stole, borrowed, or bought from other people or companies. Take note that I haven’t fact-checked the whole infographic, so I don’t know if it is entirely accurate or not; however, based on what I can remember off the top of my head, at least some claims the infographic makes are true. Also note that the infographic may not be all inclusive, especially in the “bought” category; if you know of a technology Apple stole, borrowed, or bought from others, feel free to share in the comments below.
That said, check out the infographic yourself below; you can enlarge it by clicking on it:
Oh, and in case you are wondering why “BestMastersPrograms.org” would create such an infographic since they don’t appear to be a tech related website or an authoritative source, it is because they are essentially using this as an advertising tool for their website. The more people that read this infographic, the more people read their website link, and the more people visit it. This being an advertising tool, however, doesn’t necessarily mean it is bias or inaccurate, especially since the infographic lists its sources at the bottom.