Ah the delusions of the fanboy. It's easy to make statements that are just not true and laugh huh? The truth hurts.
Apple never claimed to have invented the cell phone. Apple demonstrated that they spent the better part of a decade creating iOS and the iPhone. They CREATED a mobile phone that was distinctive in so many ways that they acquired patents to protect the effort they put into it. When the iPhone was released, an entire industry put on the breaks and changed course to follow it.
Samsung didn't just follow it. They shamelessly and slavishly copied it. Even more stupid, they DOCUMENTED THEIR DUPLICATION EFFORTS, continuously saying make this work like the iPhone.
They could have simply gone to Apple as did Microsoft, licensed technology and come to an agreement, but no. They stuck to their old ways, only this time Apple said no. Not gonna happen. Apple had warned them. EVEN FREAKING GOOGLE WARNED THEM NOT TO MAKE THEIR PRODUCT BORROW TO MUCH FROM THE iPHONE, but they didn't listen. They ran the iPhone through a copier, and now they've been slapped, and the fanboys are whining. Waaaaaaa. Apple is evil, Apple is bad. They should just let people copy their shit so we can talk about how much better the copies are.
Well I guess it just doesn't work anymore. If you want to compete, you have to innovate. Mark my words, this will turn around and bite Apple in the ass to as they wind up licensing where someone puts a button in the future, but ultimately I think it's going to spur more innovation, employ more designers, and engineers, and Samsung is going to have to re-think their entire R&D process.
Samsung is just pathetic. They don't just stop at the products, they copied Apple distinctive look and feel for product videos. GALAXY SⅢ Design Story Highlight
They've hired away the guy who was doing Apple's commercials at TBWA: http://adage.com/article/agency-news/apple-creative-exits-tbwa-heads-72andsunny/236819/
They've even copied Apple's stores down to the blue polo shirts on the employees. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/store-wars-samsung-apple-gadgets-at-10-paces-20120823-24njn.html
It's sad that Samsuck was such a blatant copier. Oh well, maybe they will open a dictionary and copy down the word "original" and their new products won't just be snazzy knock offs, but incredible examples of innovation.