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Samsung Opens New Apple Store In Australia

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Samsung opened its first retail 'Experience' store in Sydney, Australia today and its design and ethos, even in the most generous light, bear an uncanny resemblance to those of the Apple Store. Now, to be fair, Samsung’s corporate color is blue and there are only so many ways you can design a retail experience. That said, it seems difficult to look at Samsung’s store and not immediately be reminded of Apple’s understated chain of brick-and-mortar retail stores which, at the time it debuted, was considered pioneering. And it’s awfully hard to imagine that the similarities between the two won’t further bolster Apple’s allegations that Samsung is a 'copyist.'" This comes on the heels of both companies claiming the other is "anticompetitive" during Tuesday’s summations in the Apple-Samsung trial.

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And the real article with more information is.. (4, Informative)

Bongoots (795869) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106249)

To be found at the Sydney Morning Herald website: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/store-wars-samsung-apple-gadgets-at-10-paces-20120823-24njn.html [smh.com.au]

The link in TFS is lacking any detail. Go to the above.

Re:And the real article with more information is.. (4, Insightful)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106773)

Microsofts store in Scottsdale Az looks like this as well.
So... who cares?

It is a very common design (5, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106821)

Some far older stores look like this. Hell, a make-up department in Bijenkorf Amsterdam (big rounded white curves, lots of light, big displays) (dutch department store) looked like this long before Apple became cool again.

There really are only so many designs and layouts you can think off. Even only a few colors. You could for instance color your store yellow but everyone would go insane. Yellow is NOT a good color for interiors. And entire range of the spectrum OUT of the question.

Re:It is a very common design (1)

Nocturnal Deviant (974688) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107075)

While i do agree with you in general, last i looked Yellow-Beige was actually very nice from a design standpoint(of course, usually it is done wrong and can look like someone urinated all over your house...)

Re:It is a very common design (-1, Offtopic)

DJRumpy (1345787) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107461)

Apparently the 'minimalist' design of Apple stores was based on Steve Job's buddhist teachings. He was a practicing Buddhist and brought that aesthetic into his iDevice designs whenever possible, and also into the layout of the stores.

Some interesting info on his Buddhist past up to the current: http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes/2011/10/28/what-kind-of-buddhist-was-steve-jobs-really/ [plos.org]

Re:It is a very common design (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107619)

I can't imagine many other "practicing Buddhists" who'd make a point of always parking in disabled spaces because "Fuck you, that's why."

It was just another ostentatious hipster douche accessory, like the black turtlenecks.

Re:It is a very common design (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107699)

[Citation Needed]

Re:It is a very common design (4, Informative)

jmauro (32523) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107773)

Here. [cultofmac.com]

Re:It is a very common design (2)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107733)

he said he was a buddhist, not a good buddhist or a consistent buddhist.

Re:It is a very common design (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41108205)

He said he was a practicing budhist. There is only so much to practice there. It's like claiming that someone who goes to church twice a year is a churchgoing christian.

Re:And the real article with more information is.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41108123)

The only difference between this and every Verizon store I've ever been in is the blue in place of Verizon's red and black, and the Samsung logo in place of Verizon's.

So, I agree. Who cares? It's not like you're going to walk into it thinking it's the Apple store, what with the giant Samsung logos plastered all over the place.

Apple store? Really? (5, Interesting)

exomondo (1725132) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106265)

These are starting to get a bit far fetched, it [allthingsd.com] doesn't exactly look dissimilar to the telstra shops [stratel.com.au] for example...or many other retailers for that matter.

Re:Apple store? Really? (1)

z0idberg (888892) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106287)

Telstra store was my first thought also.

Re:Apple store? Really? (5, Interesting)

harlequinn (909271) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106363)

Yes, this has the look of a typical Australian mobile phone retailer - and they've all looked this way for over a decade.

Re:Apple store? Really? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106557)

Apologist.

Re:Apple store? Really? (4, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106709)

Applologist.

Re:Apple store? Really? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106857)

Applologist.

Mod parent flamebait. He's trying to stir up a fight between those Apple fans who insist they should be called Applologist and those who will only accept iPologist.

Re:Apple store? Really? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106747)

Yes, Australian Mobile Phone retailers all started to look like this, about a year or two after the Apple stores started up. The Telstra shop on Swanston St was the first.

Re:Apple store? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107153)

Yes, Australian Mobile Phone retailers all started to look like this, about a year or two after the Apple stores started up. The Telstra shop on Swanston St was the first.

The first Apple store opened 8 years ago (2004). The GP says Telstra stores have looked this way for a decade.

Re:Apple store? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107279)

oddly enough the sony central stores in australia also looked like the apple stores
apple should sure sony. even though their store looked like it did before the apple store did
apple obviously already had a design patent / trademark for the layout

Re:Apple store? Really? (4, Interesting)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106803)

High end audio shops (B&O, Bose) have been doing that sort of thing for decades. Personally I always thought that Apple shops looked like art galleries. Very minimal with all the focus on the art. You could say it's prior art.

Re:Apple store? Really? (3, Informative)

Pikoro (844299) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106445)

Looks like a standard Japanese cell phone shop to me. Nothing innovative there.

Re:Apple store? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106509)

You must be kidding. A standard Japanese cell phone shop doesn't get to waste real estate like that. (I've been living in Tokyo for over a decade, incidentally.)

Having said that, the layout is nothing special, but "smart tutors" is just brilliantly funny. Whoever at Samsung that came up with that one must have no shame whatsoever.

Re:Apple store? Really? (1)

Pikoro (844299) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106587)

I've been here for almost 2 decades :) With the exception of the stores that they cram into old tatami stores, you're right. All the ones where I live are pretty big.

Re:Apple store? Really? (1)

Kagetsuki (1620613) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107043)

He's referring to the bigger SoftBank and au shops (though particularly the SoftBank shops, where the color theme is basically white and silver).

Re:Apple store? Really? (5, Insightful)

popo (107611) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106489)

Yes, hadn't you heard? Apple has a design patent on Scandinavian minimalist furniture. Sweden and Denmark are currently scrambling as Apple's lawyers gear up to take on Scandinavia for design infringement.

Also, Apple has just filed a patent for the use of "tables". No store shall be allowed to use "tables" to display product without paying the Apple tax.

Re:Apple store? Really? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106741)

Also, Apple has just filed a patent for the use of "tables". No store shall be allowed to use "tables" to display product without paying the Apple tax.

That's a lie. The patent only covers tables (and small tables, aka tablets) with rounded corners.

Re:Apple store? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41108269)

There is more to it, it only protects tables where the number of legs matches the number of corners!

Re:Apple store? Really? (4, Interesting)

Xest (935314) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106701)

Samsung has had stands like these in various UK shopping centres pop up for years, well before Apple even opened it's stores.

The Sydney store just looks like a shop full of the sorts of stands Samsung has always had, so calling it an Apple store is a bit of a joke. If anything it would suggest Apple copied Samsung's style of popup stands, but it wasn't even just Samsung.

In shopping centres in the UK these sorts of stands have been commonplace for other vendors too, it's not something unique to Apple. Even Sony's stores dating back quite some years in major shopping centres here in the UK tended to look like this. It's a style that many mobile phone shops have used for well over a decade also.

The only unique thing about Apple stores is, that they have Apple logos plastered around in them, the airy layout, style of furniture etc. was never either new or unique to Apple.

What next? Walmart copied Apple because Walmart stores have doors and Apple stores do too?

Re:Apple store? Really? (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106977)

Hell, forget Samsung's stalls, the first thing that popped into my head was that it looked like every other mobile phone outlet in the UK. The O2 store, Vodaphone, Virgin Mobile, Phones4U, Carphone Warehouse, Orange.

They've been doing that design for ages.

Re:Apple store? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107251)

Not only that, Sony have had their own stores long before the Apple cult got going.

Really? (0, Redundant)

acehole (174372) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106267)

While their experience store is a dig at apple I don't think they've gone as far as branding it an apple store.

Re:Really? (3, Funny)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106431)

Oh, they say that about everything...

Missed opportunity (1)

theRunicBard (2662581) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106271)

They really should have called the Smart Tutors the "Samsung Smart Guy". Psst: it's from Conan! On a serious not, I understand that two wrongs don't make a right, but after the whole rounded corners thing, I don't see how this is wrong.

Copied? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106273)

Not a big fan of Samsung or Apple but apple store reminds you of expensive "boutiques" that sell jewelley or other fashionable stuff.

My earliest rememberence is early 1990's !

who copied what again? and don't say it's an electronic store with genius people!

Re:Copied? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106343)

"who copied what again? and don't say it's an electronic store with genius people!"

Flat surfaces with rounded corners. Those tables are infringing.

Re:Copied? (2)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106357)

Not a big fan of Samsung or Apple but apple store reminds you of expensive "boutiques" that sell jewelley or other fashionable stuff.

Exactly. And this is part of the reason why I'll never buy from boutique brands such as Apple, because the tend to charge boutique prices too.

Not an uncommon layout anymore (4, Insightful)

powerspike (729889) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106275)

Already Checked the store out.

If you run up and down george st (where it is located), you'll be amazing at how many of the tech stores look very similar in layout (esp all the mobile phone stores).

hell even some of the food stores (mainly cupcake!) are using similar layouts now as well.

Re:Not an uncommon layout anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106407)

First thing I thought when I saw these pictures was that it looks a lot like a Nokia store.

Samsung = The better Apple (-1, Flamebait)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106285)

Fuck Apple.

Re:Samsung = The better Apple (2)

dbIII (701233) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106421)

Yes, but Apple have those devices with the amazing high resolution screens, those screens made by some company in Korea - name starts with S I think :)

Re:Samsung = The better Apple (1)

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107069)

Yes, but Apple have those devices with the amazing high resolution screens, those screens made by some company in Korea - name starts with S I think :)

LG Philips starts with an S now [9to5mac.com]

Troll bait :-) (5, Insightful)

giorgist (1208992) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106293)

Troll bait title if I have ever seen one :-) Its a company retail outlet, it looks no different to the Sony store down the road. G

Out of spite (3, Insightful)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106323)

Out of spite I'd be happy to move into an Apple store to order a Samsung and to claim Apple's store is copying Samsung's. Just to get the equivalent of a bar fight started but then in a techno-ip setting.

Re:Out of spite (3, Funny)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106423)

You mean a Genius Bar fight?

In other news (5, Funny)

zrbyte (1666979) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106369)

Tesco stores look remarkably similar to Wall-Mart.

Re:In other news (1)

Grayhand (2610049) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106745)

Tesco stores look remarkably similar to Wall-Mart.

I feel a great sympathy for the British people. I knew there was a reason my ancestors left. I guess we just didn't go far enough.

Re:In other news (1)

PPalmgren (1009823) | more than 2 years ago | (#41108495)

lol, mod parent up. Good laugh to start the morning.

The store has tables (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106379)

Has the author ever been at an Apple store? Virtually no resemblance at all - unless one takes the position that Apple has invented the use of tables and artificial lighting in retail stores. As somebody else has said, these things are getting ever more far-fetched, difficult as such a feat may be.

Copycat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106389)

The Samsung stores look enough like the Apple store that except for the samsung logos on the products, you probably could fool someone into thinking they were in the Apple store. That said, it's not that far from the typical company-owned mobile phone store (eg T-mobile or AT&T) and even in Canada they're not that different from the Telus and Bell stores.

But as people have rightly pointed out, they only started looking like this AFTER apple started opening stores. Samsung just takes it to a whole other level with the "ipad"-like devices beside the functional products. Compare to the Sony store which was doing this last year.

The Samsung store at the mall here actually has more prime space (it's at the grand atrium, which is basically the lower-level main concourse) than the Apple store (which is closer to the food court on the second floor.) When the Samsung store opened however it wasn't met with much crowding, and after a month or two of being open, it's as empty as best buy mobile.

I can't wait to see their new CEO (4, Funny)

LSDelirious (1569065) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106397)

an scruffy balding asian dude with glasses in a black turtleneck and jeans

Re:I can't wait to see their new CEO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107167)

Jobs was Asian?

Is it possible (1)

AkshaySMEIndia (2714415) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106403)

How can Samsung open Apple Store!

Re:Is it possible (2)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106447)

How can Samsung open Apple Store!

Wait 'till business hours, follow instruction on door handle.

Hmmmm...more photos here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106425)

There's some more photos here: http://www.bit.com.au/Gallery/313051,photos-see-inside-an-experience-center.aspx/1 [BIT.com.au]
To my eyes it does look pretty similar to the Apple store, but then, as one of the other commenters said, so do a lot of other tech stores now.

PS> Love the Galaxy S III cake in one of the photos. Can't ever remember seeing that in an Apple store.

Re:Hmmmm...more photos here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107241)

Also did a LOT of tech stores looked like that years and years before Apple had ever opened a store.

Sorry - Apple is not original. If something, they are just a copycat here.
They copied a (very standard) tech store and plastered some Apple logo's around - that's it.

Yawn (2)

bytesex (112972) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106433)

And every convention stand has prior art.

Apple ripped off telephone stores (2, Insightful)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106451)

It just dawned on my how much Apple's store looks like every single mobile phone store in Australia, with the exception of the "3" stores and their former neon coloured changing lighting which made your eyes bleed, but even they are now Vodafone stores so there goes that resemblance.

The only thing that makes this look at all like an Apple store is that an article about it brings out trolls and fanbois who post on slashdot.

Poor reasoning (1)

Intropy (2009018) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106457)

It's the lesser known post malum ergo propter malum fallacy.

Re:Poor reasoning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106897)

It's the lesser known post malum ergo propter malum fallacy.

After evil therefore because of evil?

Did I translate that incorrectly or do I just not get it?

--
I don't usually reply to gweihir (88907) either. So there.

Re:Poor reasoning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106999)

It's the lesser known post malum ergo propter malum fallacy.

After evil therefore because of evil?

Google translate gives:

evil for evil's sake, then, after [google.com]

If samsung ... (1)

MxMatrix (1303567) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106461)

If samsung just had admitted to imitating a succesfull buisiness model and design at the start of all the fuss instead. No shame in that to my opinion.

Not that close.. (2)

jcr (53032) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106463)

I'd have to say that the Microsoft stores are far more similar to Apple stores than this one is. It looks to me like a fairly generic "gee whiz future" kind of styling.

-jcr

Re:Not that close.. (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#41108515)

It looks to me like a fairly generic "gee whiz future" kind of styling.

I think I saw an Apple Store in Logan's Run, next to The New You.

copy (1, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106497)

Of course it's a copy, that much is obvious. And there are other ways of designing a retail outlet.

That said, most of them are copies. Everyone looks at everyone else and checks on what works and what doesn't. Most supermarkets look so much the same that if I blindfolded you and dropped you inside of one, you'd have trouble telling which one it is. Same for most clothing stores, hardware shops, etc. etc.

Because while there are many ways to do it, there is always a rather small number (often just one) that the majority converge to. Mostly because it simply works (or everyone believes it does) and store layout is not the point at which they're willing to take a risk. Everyone once in a while, someone does and everyone else watches closely, and if it works, you'll find it copied elsewhere quickly.

So, tl;dr: Yes, it's a copy. No big deal, happens all the time in retail stores.

Re:copy (4, Interesting)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106743)

Because while there are many ways to do it

I'm obviously not as smart as you, because I can't think of any. I suppose they could hang the products from the ceiling and make the floor a massive trampoline.

Care to enlighten us by naming, say, ten alternatives to having stuff on tables & shelves?

Re:copy (1)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107205)

Erm no, it's contemporary interior design language, common shop fittings, and there are only so many ways to lay out shop floor for maximum wallet-lightening effect. It's just conventional looking. The interior has to be minimal to draw eyes to the small gadgets on display and emphasis any other product messages in store. Etc. You converge on stores of certain kinds looking similar and having similar floor layouts. It's not just the way it's done, it's what you need to do to have your store appeal to customers - has to look like other stores of the same kind. The Sony Style store in my local area looks like this too, along with some of the mobile phone retailers.

Apple's designs and layout is so minimal, bare and generic it's difficult not to copy it to some extent. It also means they have no claim over something too simple.

If you try to justify the space you rented with the few products you sell in your one-brand store you also converge on similar looks different only in what, some colour choices, floor tile pattern.

So... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106499)

How's the prices? Still gouging Down Under like always?

Totally different! (3, Funny)

DMiax (915735) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106513)

Samsung's tables have rounded corners.

Okay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106519)

further bolster Apple’s allegations that Samsung is a 'copyist.'" And it seems Asshole um hmm Apple, has been copying or stealing there ideas as well. So Apple should back off there BS claims that everyone is stealing or copying form them. And I know I will get hammered by slashdotters for saying something this simple minded, without saying something about Samsung.

All top or elite companies do this anyway, but Apple is the one mouthing off. I am sure Samsung has also, but maybe it's just that the reports posted on slashdot that seem to mention one companies comments over the other.

how to mention Apple in a Samsung story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106533)

really?

I went in to Lidl and thought I was in Aldi to give a more Euro example.

_C

Sony (1)

mug funky (910186) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106637)

i seem to remember Sony stores opening long before apple stores...

Apple innovation strikes again (5, Funny)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106657)

The broad, rectangular wall displays.

Little known fact - not only did Apple invent rounded rectangles, they invented the regular kind too

The airy, spartan layout and open floor plan

And open plan architecture

dedicated customer support desk

And customer service

A group demonstration area.

...demonstrations

Clean lines.

...cleanliness

Blue T-shirts for all store employees.

...and the colour blue.

Yeah, right! (1)

byrtolet (1353359) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106725)

If what you want is an apple, all trees look like apple-trees.

FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106783)

Sweetshops looked like Shoeshops looked like Barbers in Victorian times in terms of signage/counters/etc.

And it's called a shop not a retail experience.

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107045)

Sweetshops looked like Shoeshops looked like Barbers in Victorian times in terms of signage/counters/etc.

Nope. Barbers shops had those stripey poles outside.

did Apple patent retail stores too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41106791)

Samsung has run their own retail stores for decades in Korea. This is hardly anything new.

Is Apple the only company allowed to do this for some reason?

Please stop it NOW! (5, Insightful)

aglider (2435074) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106865)

This thing is going far beyond any reasonableness.
Samsung is not adding an apple logo on their product. This is a fact.
"SAMSUNG" is clearly different from "APPLE". This is a fact.
There are not many choices to "design" a touch tablet/smartphone:
- they have to have a rectangular shape (triangular? Pentagonal? Irregular?);
- sharp corners are not viable, so they have to be more or less rounded;
- thickness cannot be increased just to look different;
- icons are a de facto standard in GUIs.
Also these are facts.
99.9% of users can read and can tell an Apple product apart of a Samsung one. This is a fact.

So, finally, what's Apple protecting? The shape? The corners? The proportions? The icon shape and colors? The concept design of a store?
Or are they concerned about their customers not being intelligent enough to distinguish two different brands?

Ah! All this is frivolous and needs a good quantity of crack to go on!

If I was Apple, I would rather sue the pletora of Chinese companies manufacturing and selling touch smartphones which are clearly designed and packaged to mimic Apple products.

Re:Please stop it NOW! (1)

aglider (2435074) | more than 2 years ago | (#41106885)

For the curious ones, just try google for "fake iphone" [google.it] !

at least the article title isn't slanted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107011)

seriously, it's like being witness to a effing college sports team debate. this is so embarrassing.

Looks like any other retail store (2)

prefec2 (875483) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107017)

Honestly, I've seen many retail stores lately having fun with getting not a new phone. They all look like that. Beside, t-mobile is pink (magenta as they call it) and ohters are green or orange. Now when Samsung is blue then that fits that logic. Apple stores also look like any other store. They have this "We are sooo fancy" design. If they start fighting over shop design then they have become totally crazy. Oh wait ...

The Samsung Store lacks only one thing: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107023)

A Genius Bar. And they shoud call it SmartAss Bar.

I also enjoyed how Telstra told its customers to get a life (bottom right corner)
http://www.stratel.com.au/images/telstra-shop-6.jpg

Re:The Samsung Store lacks only one thing: (3, Informative)

Kagetsuki (1620613) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107079)

Actually they have that, but they are not called Geniuses they are called Smart Tutors. And no, I'm not joking.

Retail Online Shop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107031)

Great story, but you can have the accessories on this website http://www.carkart.com.

I thought the O'Brien skit was a PARODY (0, Offtopic)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107179)

I'm sure you've seen this (but if you haven't it's pretty funny). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YciM_54HzZk [youtube.com]

At about 1:04 they talk about the Samsung "Smart Tutors". I thought this was part of the parody! Now I'm wondering how much of the rest of the video is true.

By the way, how much of the following do you agree/disagree with? If there is a high correlation between all of these perhaps, for everyones sake, we could just shorten disagreements by separating people into two groups. No judgement here, it just would save everyone a lot of time.

Thinks Evolution is just a theory
Thinks Global Warming is not real/is a conspiracy
Thinks Obama is a socialist
Thinks Obama is a muslim
Thinks Obama was not born in the United States
*New* Thinks Obama will hand over sovereignty of U.S. to U.N. (Lubbock county judge)
*New* Thinks vaccines cause autism (Donald Trump)
*New* Thinks "legitimately raped" woman are biologically capable of preventing pregnancy (inherent in Republican Party Anti-Abortion Platform)
Thinks cutting government spending during a severe recession/depression is the appropriate thing to do
Thinks the U.S. health care system is the best in the world which justifies it costing twice as much as the next major country (Germany) while neglecting millions
Thinks Apple products are markedly inferior to the alternatives
Thinks Samsung didn't copy Apple

So, if people sort themselves into two groups say one called "Republicans" and the other say "Democrats" and would identify themselves as such, we could save everyone a lot of grief.

Sony Style stores were decades before Apple. (4, Insightful)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107253)

Sony stores opened long before Apple Stores. First Sony Style store opened in the early 1980s even. There were many Sony retail stores worldwide before the first Apple store in 2001.

Apple directly took the idea of opening it's own one-brand direct retail store from Sony.

Now get off lawn etc etc

Lots of stores like this (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107317)

The Bose stores and lots of others are like this. I hope the Samsung stores have an actual dedicated cashier area so that I can get in and get out efficiently. Sure, I might want to play with the stuff sometimes, but not every time and not all damned day.

I guess it's interesting to watch the two large companies go at it and all, but let's not make it into something it's not.

Is Samsung copying Apple? Yes and no... I think it's partly natural evolution of its marketing as its brand grows in popularity and party, perhaps at some level, a bit of a jab at Apple.

Would they have done this without a bunch of law suits from Apple? Yeah... pretty sure they would have anyway. But it's more fun when you are making the veins in Apple executives' necks bulge out.

One can argue that Apple didn't "create" any of the things it claims to own in whole. But it is without question, I think, that Apple has really made it all its own and distinctively Apple. Too bad law doesn't really protect "making something yours" as well as creating something original... for Apple, not for us.

Hate to ruin the fanbois (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107385)

But this looks like most mobile phone stores in Australia. It looks closer to the Vodaphone stores than Apple. The only thing remarkable is the size, most phone stores are smaller.

Wake me up if... (2)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107401)

Wake me up if Apple actually try to claim that this new store infringes their IP rights.

Even then, it's not a case of "did they copy" but rather "did they infringe any valid, enforceable, copyrights, patents or trademarks" because it is completely bloody obvious that anybody designing a new consumer IT retail store would take a few leads from what the most successful international chain of consumer IT retail stores was doing.

T-Mobile (1)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107443)

It also looks like a T-Mobile store. Maybe T-Mobile should sue both Apple and Samsung since T-Mobile stores looked like that before Apple opened any stores..

Barn Dance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107463)

Less than a hundred comments so far and so many straw men that you could hold a barn dance
YeeHaw!

Fuck you and your title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107499)

Don't opinionize the title so much troll

Not even close (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107575)

It looks nothing like an Apple store. What's the story here.

A Museum design (1)

martiniturbide (1203660) | more than 2 years ago | (#41107671)

Apple store is designed as a modern museum.

Time to stomp these thieving maggots. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41107925)

If Apple can't get these fake ass competitors shut down by legal means, then they should petition the US military to take action on their behalf. Intellectual Property are rights worth fighting for. If some scumbag competitor like Samsung wants to take cash out of an American company's pocket (who invented the smartphone to begin with), they should pay with more than sanctions and bans.

Where's the patent ? (1)

SpiritC (163392) | more than 2 years ago | (#41108125)

I'm pretty sure Apple invented stores.
The patent i think describes a place, indoors, where you sell stuff.

New Lawsuit (1)

organgtool (966989) | more than 2 years ago | (#41108143)

Samsung can expect a new lawsuit from Apple after copying the "look and feel" of Apple stores. I say that as a joke, but I'm sure at this very moment Apple's lawyers are looking into the possibility of securing IP that covers elements of their store layout.

Apple has taken technology from something that only geeks used to something that is fashionable, but the fashion industry is driven by trends. Right now Apple is setting many of these trends, but it can't stay that way forever - trends are fickle by nature and someone else is bound to come up with something people want more. It will be very interesting to see how Apple and its fans react when Apple is no longer the trendsetter.

Is anyone surprised Samsung did this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41108747)

Next, Samsung will change their name to SApple and change their logo to a crabapple with a bite taken out of it.

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