HP’s Steve Wolff dismisses claims of imitation – says Apple doesn’t own silver
HP executive Steve Wolff responded to a question about the Envy Spectre XT laptop's uncanny similarity to the MacBook Air, saying that Apple does not own silver.
HP executive Steve Wolff responded to a question about the Envy Spectre XT laptop's similarity to the MacBook Air, saying that Apple does not own silver.
The Envy Spectre XT Ultrabook by Hewlett-Packard has been compared to Apple's MacBook Air in its look and design. Steve Wolff, HP's vice president of Industrial Design explained that these similarities are not due to imitation, but are simply necessitated by the path of technology.
"If you want to look at a macro level, there are a lot of similarities to everything in the market that's an Ultrabook today," Wolff told Engadget. "It is not because those guys (Apple) did it first. It's just that's where the form factor is leading it."
“Apple may like to think they own silver, but they don't," Wolff said. "In no way did HP try to mimic Apple. In life there are a lot of similarities."
This statement, explaining the apparent similarities between the two products, could also be seen as a humorous slander of the so called "patent wars", which is often viewed as a trifling back and forth in lawsuits between Apple and other tech corporations, disputing design similarities.
Besides dismissing allegations of imitation, Wolff also went on to highlight differences between the Spectre XT and the MacBook Air, pointing out the XT's rubber coated bottom, magnesium chassis, it's brush pattern, and use of Beats Audio.
There are only so many usable laptop designs, and even fewer that really standout. In the future, laptops may become more and more visually generic, just like cars and television sets.