Apple Ditches Design Company SurfaceInk for Copying Them With the Tablet Thing

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It appears SurfaceInk got too close for comfort when it showed off a prototype tablet in June, because now Apple has parted ways with the design company after working with them for 10 years

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Despite SurfaceInk having designed products for Palm and HP, it seemingly wasn't until they showed off their own tablet that Apple got worried. CEO and founder of the company Eric Bauswell commented that "I think they view our capabilities as an opportunity for competitors," even with the prototype measuring 12.1-inches and running Linux. Hardly a competitor to the iPad, is it? [NY Times]

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DISCUSSION

Steve Jobs: Buy Adobe. Fix it.

That would be expensive, yes, but you could Apple-ize Photoshop, acquire tons of software tech, boost moral, serve the creative world better and even make Flash a Good Thing.

SurfaceInk was something you could have had for chimp* change. You could have even bought it, and had it produce an iPad-like tablet for the "rest of them", thus ensuring constant market share.

* Overdue neologism.