Originally Posted by madsweeney
Steve Jobs was a huge hypocrit for statements such as that. Apple, much like Microsoft, relied on developing technologies from other companies (Xerox and each other) for enhancing their own products. Proably the only truly unique product they produced was the original iPod, however, it was hardly the first of its kind, just took the best ideas of the market and put it in one box.
The difference is that Apple asked to see Xerox technology and they obliged, when Xerox own engineers showed their bosses the mouse they were laughed at; only Steve Jobs could see the potential. Back then the mouse that was produced was too complicated and expensive to sell to consumers so Apple simplified it and made it cheaper.
Microsoft just stole from Apple.