Is The Palm Pre TOO iPhone-ish? Apple Draws A Line In The Sand

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Palm's Pre is the latest "iPhone Killer" to come down the pike, complete with the promise of an app-building SDK and a store to sell said apps.  But the head honchos at the House of Jobs-On-Sick-Leave are wondering just how iPhone-esque the Pre really is.

In the middle of an otherwise congratulatory Q&A (revenues are over US$10 billion and iPhone sales hit record highs), someone asked COO (and acting CEO) Tim Cook about competition from other smart phones with touch screens.

Cook's reply?  "We like competition as long as they don't rip off our IP. And we're going
to go after anybody that does." Asked if he was targeting Palm, Cook insisted "I'm making a
general statement…We will not stand for having our IP ripped off [and
will use any] weapons at our disposal."

The big bone of contention here is the Pre's use of multitouch functionality, which is currently an iPhone hallmark.  And don't forget, when the iPhone was first unveiled, Jobs himself bragged "Boy have we patented it!"

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