Can we expect Apple to sue HP now?

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So Hewlett Packard just released a new line of desktop computers. The Spectre One is a 23.6-inch all-in-one with a capacitive, multitouch panel. It will, of course, be running Windows 8 and it’s packing the latest Ivy Bridge chipsets, NVIDIA graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0, HDMI, and an HDD or SSD. It even has NFC functionality so you can use programmable NFC tags with it. Sounds great right?

Does the new Spectre One remind you of anything? Take a look at the brushed aluminum, the keyboard, the trackpad, the form factor. It does look a wee bit like an iMac doesn’t it? Did HP see the news about the Samsung vs Apple trial? You have to wonder.

The Next Web was quick to pick up on the striking similarity which few other tech sites seem to be commenting on. Of course software-wise the Spectre One will bear no relation and you could argue this form factor is just a natural choice for any company trying to pick up customers in an ailing industry, but that distant rumbling you can hear is Apple’s lawyers reviewing the similarities in “trade dress” and getting ready to sue HP.

It wouldn’t be the first time that Apple sued HP. They sued over the New Wave interface copying the Mac way back in 1988. That one didn’t turn out so well for Apple.

The spectre of an Apple lawsuit was also raised when HP released a new Ultrabook earlier this year and people pointed out that it looked like the MacBook Air. Check out this interview at Engadget.

So will Apple sue? You would think not, but then again it wouldn’t be a major shock if they did.

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