Apple launched the MacBook Air in January 2008. The design has remained similar since: a super sleek aluminum unibody, black keys, and classic Apple simplicity throughout.
The popular notebook, which spawned a wave of competing "ultrabooks" and "Chromebooks," was—not unlike the iPad—a product category creator. It was different enough from every other laptop on the market to pave a new path.
When a new product category becomes popular with the consumer masses, it's inevitable that competing companies will release similar devices as quickly as they can. That is, of course, perfectly legal—unless the competing device is a blatant copy that appears to step all over patents. Cases in point: a bunch of Android tablets and smartphones made by Samsung.
Samsung should have learned its lesson after losing a $1 billion court battle in August that saw judges conclude the Korean manufacturer did indeed carbon copy Apple products. It didn't.
Samsung's bew 11-inch Chromebook is shamelessly similar to the 11-inch MacBook air. Kevin Smith over at Business Insider took this photograph to prove it.