iPhone knockoff gives in to Apple, halts production

12:50, October 12, 2010      

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Apple's iPhone (L) and Meizu's M8 (R)

Chinese electronics producer Meizu CEO Jack Wong recently revealed in a post in the company's official Web forum that Meizu would cease production of its M8 cell phone, which closely resembles Apple's iPhone, in October due to considerable pressure from the Guangdong Provincial Intellectual Property Office and Apple, Inc.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs' response to a Chinese M8 user's email questioning Apple's behavior was published in the forum almost at the same time. Jobs said, "Because they stole our ideas and intellectual property."

Wong said that because the M8 looks somewhat like the iPhone, and Meizu failed to reach an agreement with Apple in previous negotiations, Guangdong Provincial Intellectual Property Office required Meizu to stop producing the M8.

Meizu was founded in 2003, and was first known as a MP3 player manufacturer. The company released its first mobile phone, the M8, in February 2009. The M8, based on the Windows CE operating system, resembles the iPhone in many aspects and has some of the iPhone's functions.

Wong said that Apple initially asked Meizu to stop M8 production this October, and Meizu had already agreed, but later Apple retracted its request and wanted Meizu to also halt M8 sales. Since there were still large stocks of the M8 on the market, it was impossible for Meizu to agree to this request at present.

Wong also said angrily in his post, "If Apple dares to push its luck in cooperation with the provincial intellectual property office, I will risk anything on the line." But he later added, "When there are insuperable obstacles in my way, I will get around them."

Meizu disclosed the design pictures of the M8 soon after Apple's 2007 iPhone release and officially unveiled the M8 on Feb. 18, 2009. The M8 is extremely similar to the iPhone in design style, but its price is less than half that of the iPhone.

Some netizens said although Wong claimed to be innocent to gain sympathy, the M8's appearance and UI are undoubtedly similar to the iPhone.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:祁澍文)

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