Apple would be forced to compete. Its iPhones might suck less and cost less than $1,000. Apple is absurd. Fortunately, it does still have one competitor – the widespread Android.
Tricking people about what you’re selling, however, is fraudulent. It’s criminal, and it ought to be treated as criminal. Trying to masquerade as Apple is not cool.
But as I respond to another comment you made below, it may not be quite as scary as we might initially think.
Let’s not forget how much we consumers lose to the constant patent battles among the cell phone manufacturers. Samsung sues Apple sues Nokia sues…etc. Yest, they do it to each other. We end up paying the lawyers to protect their hard-won patents.
But there is an industry where outright ripoffs occur every single day – and the fakes even copy exactly the originals down to the logos – Vaping. It’s all Chinese-produced, and well, we know what the Chinese think of intellectual property. Counterfeit stuff is apparently the norm. Somehow, these companies are not going broke. They sell their authentic products all the time. The piracy is worse than that.
One company does something, new technology or a new application, and everyone else copies it. I am ever so grateful. The tanks, the new mesh coils, the various mods and software, they all keep advancing at a pace that’s hard to keep up with. Something new comes out every day, and if it’s awesome, it sells.
Mesh coils are new this year. I own a mesh tank from the first company to make them and a mesh tank from the second company. They weren’t the big players in the business. But the big players are offering mesh coils, some for existing tanks. The sheer amount of choice is awesome, and it is literally a testament to the idea of a capitalist free-for-all.
As for the counterfeits, we all know they exist. We sometimes choose them depending on the product. Certain products are highly overpriced. The actual companies have developed ways to authenticate your devices. Curious about whether I had accidentally purchased counterfeits, I have checked and confirmed they are authentic.
If this is what a world without IP law looks like, it’s good for consumers and suppliers. Everyone wins! At the very least, we should return to the original U.S. law governing patents and copyright. Disney by all rights should have lost its rights to Mickey Mouse long ago.
It’s a bit like counterfeit vaping stuff – although it’s not the same scale of fraud as with a Rolex, and in some products, counterfeit is as good as the original.