That's probably true, but there's a difference between following a market trend and copying a competitor. With large phones, Apple was late to the game. There's no question about that. Large phones were a significant trend and Samsung probably played a bigger role than anyone else in the development of the 'phablet'. I give Samsung full credit for that. The thing is that Apple didn't release a phablet until 3 years later. It wasn't until 3 full generations after the Galaxy Note that Apple unveiled its phablet. If it had wanted to copy Samsung, don't you think it would have done it a lot earlier? Apple didn't do it after Samsung did it; Apple did it after everybody was doing it. And even then, Apple took a different path (it didn't go with the whole stylus-based UI. It simply made a bigger iPhone). In other words, it wasn't a case of Apple looking over Samsung's shoulder and saying "Hey, that's a pretty good idea. Let's copy it." It was a case of Apple execs waking up one day and saying "Hey, customers around the world seem to really be loving this larger form factor, and unlike most other manufacturers, we don't offer it. We need to get in on that." That's very different from the mentality, where every time Apple releases a new feature, function, or design, that feature / function / design 'coincidentally' appears in the very next Samsung device.
Because one of those statements is true while the other is false. You're trying to impose a false equivalency. Just because something is true of one party doesn't make it true of the other. Samsung chronically copies Apple. Apple does not do any such thing with Samsung. You're trying to create 'balance', but if the two parties are not equal, then you can't impose an artificial balance on them. There's nothing balanced about that.
The price increase is interesting. The fact that Apple raised their price has allowed Roku to do the same. Given the additional functionality and horsepower, it seems reasonable. I wonder how this will stack up against the new Apple TV. Roku has the advantage of offering 4K while Apple has the better UI.
As long as the country continues to be treated like shit by this administration, it needs to be brought up. Arguing that this story isn't about Israel - doesn't cut it because this is a perfect example of this hypocritical treatment. If it's not brought up now, then when should it be? When the US isn't bombing a hospital? It reminds me of the Obama administration's argument regarding the Iran deal. Before the deal was set, Obama told opponents of the deal to hold their criticisms until the they can actually see what's in it. And once those details were revealed, Obama told the same critics to shut up, on the grounds that opposing a deal that has already been signed will only weaken the US's position and strengthen Iranian hardliners. So you can't criticize it beforehand and you can't criticize it afterwards. It's a Catch-22 meant to silence critics. Same thing here.
The administration's hypocrisy here is astounding. When the US makes a mistake, it's a "tragedy". When Israel makes a mistake, it's "appall(ing)" and "disgraceful". Matt Lee of AP takes the State Department to task over this double standard:
So the Surface Book's screen detaches to become a tablet. I don't get it. Now there's a tablet that turns into a laptop and a laptop that turns into a tablet. Why both? What happened to the Surface Pro being the one device to replace both form factors? Regardless, the hardware is pretty impressive. Microsoft did a good job there. I just don't understand why the Surface Book exists. It serves the same purpose as the Surface Pro 4 and it will just piss off Dell, Lenovo, and Asus.
The United States has done some bad things and ISIS does some bad things, so they deserve each other. Do you see the problem with the statement? It removes the notion of degree or severity from the matter. You're absolutely correct that no society is innocent of doing bad things. But that doesn't make all countries or societies morally equal. Not by a long shot.