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Old Apr 3rd, 2008, 01:35 PM   #11
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I find it a bit funny that you actually believed Apple would compensate you for your idea.

Apple pays someone for their new machine designs... whether in-house or pot-smoking creative contractors. (No, that's not me... oh never mind.)
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While your parents may have said "You can do anything you want in life", selling your "creative" ideas to Apple (or any large company) isn't one of them.

You have to be rather naive to think Apple would consider your idea seriously. Apple has a massive team of people working for them already. They probably conceive, chew up, and spit out more ideas in one morning than most people come up with in their lifetime.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2008, 02:32 PM   #13
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That's the kind of job I'd love to have, but without the formal education it's near impossible.

I've had dozens of mac design ideas, but can't do a thing with 'em except share 'em here and let a lazy rep pop in here and steal credit for it.
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While your parents may have said "You can do anything you want in life", selling your "creative" ideas to Apple (or any large company) isn't one of them.

You have to be rather naive to think Apple would consider your idea seriously. Apple has a massive team of people working for them already. They probably conceive, chew up, and spit out more ideas in one morning than most people come up with in their lifetime.
Lots of great ideas are formed and evolve outside the corporate think tanks.

You must be rather ignorant to think that ever commercially viable idea has come from major corporations.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2008, 02:55 PM   #15
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I wonder what would happen if you patented your idea; then sent it to them. Legally you never signed anything with Apple so it would be hard for them to keep it would it not? I am not sure it's enough for them to post "If you send us something it's ours". anyone could do that tucked away somewhere obscure on their website... then again, they have the money to go to court, you may not.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2008, 03:09 PM   #16
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Im sure lots of people come up with great ideas that may be even better than corporate ones from the likes of Apple.
But dont send it to them, unless you do lots of prep to make sure they wont just absorb it.
If I sent an idea to a TV production company for a new episode of a show, then they can just use it without compensating me and say it wa a coincidense or great minds think alike etc or they never saw your idea or they already were working on a similer one etc etc.
Maybe a better way would be to make your concept completely polished and shop it around to many companies after it has been trademarked, copyrighted, patented etc etc.
I cant see why Apple would pay for an outside design when they have inhouse design gurus like the famous industrial design guy who's name is escaping me at the moment. One of you will post his name.

If you just want tocontribute to the company then by all means send them your ideas, but expect nothing, not even credit or acknowledgement of any type.
Sorry, its sad but true.
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they have inhouse design gurus like the famous industrial design guy who's name is escaping me at the moment. One of you will post his name.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2008, 04:25 PM   #19
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Apple pays someone for their new machine designs... whether in-house or pot-smoking creative contractors. (No, that's not me... oh never mind.)
Yes, his name is Jonathan Ive, and has won numerous industrial design awards. I'm afraid chances are slim for someone walking in off the street with an idea.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2008, 04:28 PM   #20
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Well I dont think it is such a good idea, unless you become an Apple employee first.

Why?

If you would like to get threatening legal letter go ahead! This stupid thing happen a while ago (I think from last year or earlier), they was that girl that had an ideas for her iPod that she enjoy and sent a letter to Apple describing her ideas. The next thing that happen was receiving some nasty lawyer letter from Apple legal department, threatening her.
Unfortunately, this is because everyone and their dog is suing Apple these days. Had they not sent the letter, you can bet mom would be suing Apple for stealing her little girl's idea. Maybe not this mom in particular, but Apple has no way of knowing that. It's unfortunately, but the US is so litigious, they have to protect themselves.
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