Apple is doing so much better than its competition, this article is delusional. Apple has always maintained the look and feel of their products as something unique to them. They created it, why should other companies be allowed to copy them? They can come up with their own unique designs. This lawsuit fits perfectly with this idea. No need to project some sort of desperation scenario.
Also, the article is factually incorrect when it states Android is surging past iOS in market share (iOS maintains a significant lead over Android, and always has, although on Slashdot ignorance is bliss, so I fully expect some replies from people ignorantly claiming this isn't true), and Apple's market share is increasing, and their revenues are increasing, and their profits are increasing. They are the most financially successful cell phone maker on the planet. They do not fear Google's business model. Why would they when their own is working so well? Not just working well, but working significantly better than that of anyone else?
This article is just the same old uninformed nonsense you expect from people who don't understand that the reason people make money is to buy things. Just because something is free (or "less than free") does not mean people will want it, nor does it mean that people won't pay more for something else. Store shelves wouldn't contain name brands if people always chose the cheapest option.
iOS far outsells Android, yet clearly Apple's business model is doomed? Brilliant!
Forgive my ignorance, but when I did a quick Google search for "ios vs android market share", the most recent result showed Android ahead of iPhone in smart phones. Am I missing something? http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/who-is-winning-the-u-s-smartphone-battle/
I am aware, as I think most people, that even if Apple has less market share, their revenue and profit far outweighs anyone else on the market.
Even if Apple still has greater market share, you are wrong to say they don't fear Android. iOs had over a year head start - and the numbers are already scary. Your logic - that because they are doing well, they must not fear Google's business model, is flawed. You can both be 'winning' and fear the competition.
Also, the article was stating the lawsuit is doomed. Not the company's business model.
The point of the article, that Apple's strategy here is to give Android a price via lawsuits, still seems pretty valid to me.