Technology media coverage has been somewhat dominated in recent months by industry giants slugging it out over who copied who with their touchscreen electronic rectangles.
These battles, vastly oversimplified here in summary, have been fought in different countries on numerous lines concerning a vast number of patents and fascinating technologies. Although these companies undeniably needed their products and ideas protected, Apple rightfully drew some criticism for trying to lay claim to rectangles with rounded corners.
Even though the company would say their patent specified certain parameters, the way they argued in courts across the world that other devices were too similar was a de facto claim to round-cornered rectangles.
The episode was a shame for Apple, previously perceived as a quasi-cool company, and a company rightfully hailed and lavished with praise for producing some of the most impressive and innovative devices in the last decade.
The rest of the technology world has taken note of, and to a large extent caught up with, Apple's focus on ergonomic, usable devices, while the necessity for fast-booting PCs has become the norm following Apple's lead.
But while some of the biggest boys in the playground have been arguing over the relative shapes of their black slabs - and probably spending far more money on their legal teams than their research and development departments - a host of companies evolved the tablet to incorporate keyboards in their tablet-laptop hybrids, developing a new convertible Ultrabook line perfect for modern business and IT environments.
However, probably the biggest leaps forward in more immediately recent times have been concerned with what is going on inside these devices, and as processors continue to become more and more powerful this should in turn lead to further innovation where a host of new products are released in the enterprise and consumer spheres which could easily be as game-changing as the first batch of smartphones were only a few years ago.
As intriguing as some of the future known unknowns are - like how small and powerful tablets and Ultrabooks will become - it is the broader question how new innovation will shape the industry that is actually far more exciting. We can only hope the biggest players do what they do best, developing ground-breaking products, in the hope that we get there quicker.
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