At midnight last night Hewlett Packard released their new line of all-in-one PCs, including the flagship, called Spectre One — apparently because the designers were haunted by the ghost of Steve Jobs. Upon viewing the photos now making the rounds on the internet, you’d be forgiven for thinking the desktop was a black-market iMac (or maybe something from the Vizio line announced earlier this year), as the resemblance is striking, right down to the Apple-aping keyboard and mouse.

Coverage today ranges from breathless and posthumously edited to pained and sardonic (“HP introduces new Apple iMac”). Late-night posts that reported the Windows 8-equipped Spectre One would come with a touchscreen were greatly exaggerated.

If you are interested in an HP iMac Spectre One, they release in November and include, among other things, 8 GB of RAM, USB 3.0 connectivity, HDMI-in (your choice of HDD or SSD), “a two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security, full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements, full Adobe Premiere Elements, and dedicated technical support lines.” The HP iMac Spectre One is also “one of the first PCs to include NFC (near-field communication) technology so you can use your NFC-equipped smartphone to login.”

At $1300, it will clearly be one of the most affordable iMacs on the market.

In following with tried-and-true, good-news-then-bad-news press-release scheduling, on the heels of last night’s release comes the news that HP will lay off 29,000 workers through a combination of involuntary cuts and early retirement offers, according to a regulatory filing.

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  • cliveb

    how long before Apple’s patent lawyers issue cease and desist..

    • guest

      A long time, unless they want to embarass themselves.

  • Guest

    Pretty sad commentary on the “new” HP.

    • x2fr

      Indeed a sad commentary on HP. They have a good team of designers and all the resources to manufacture good products and they decided to go this copy cat route. This is a case of good resources mis-directed to solve the wrong problem. Whoever had the ultimate say on pursuing this marketing and design strategy at HP should be fired in a big way.

      • guest

        Sort of the way Apple copied the Sony Vaio X505 when they came out five years later with the MBA?

  • guest

    Looks closer to the Vizio, if you ask me. But hey, if you’re predisposed to the “Apple invented everything” meme, then this becomes an iMac clone. Just ignore the fact that the screen, with its “black bezel and silver metal housing”, isn’t much different from my old HP w2207, which iPad bears more than a passing resemblance to (I guess Apple copied it). The stand is unique and frankly on the ugly side. The keyboard is a fairly obvious iteration of previous HP offerings, including the one found on the HP 311 netbook, and HP pioneered the use chicklet keyboard anyway (on their calculators way back when). And a touch pad by definition is fairly generic in design, with Apple’s not being significantly different from decades of scroll pads and digitizers that have come before it. But yeah, other than that, it’s definitely a complete Apple ripoff .

    • Patrick Thomas

      Funny. The only people who seem to spout the quote “Apple invented everything” are the same ones who claim to be quoting others. In essence, misquote someone, the use that misquote against them.

      • guest

        What’s funny is how Apple fanboys can’t refute facts so instead try to redirect.

        • JoeM

          Anyone think that it’s entirely possible HP licensed certain design patents from Apple for trade dress, same as Microsoft has? If Apple’s lawyers haven’t sued yet then it’s just as likely they already have an agreement with HP as any other supposition we might throw out.

          • guest

            Or it’s likely that Apple knows what most here apparently don’t, they didn’t invent any of the basic elements that HP is being accused of “copying”.

  • Patrick Thomas

    Just to clarify, as many blogs and posters get this wrong….a case such as this is NOT an issue of violating a patent. Instead, this is more likely a violation of a trademark. There is no doubt, even for those who hate Apple for what ever reason, a MacBook and an iMac are easily recognizable and distinguished amogst all other computers and laptops. There are many flame wars going on right now about the “audacity of Apple suing companies” over “silly” curves and bezels. But ask yourself this question: Aren’t the curves and fenders of Chevy Corvette unique? Shouldn’t Chevy be protected from other automobile manufacturers from STEALING the look of the Corvette. Shouldn’t Apple, and all other companies, be protected as well?

    • guest

      Who says it’s even that? Just because you popularize a certain look, doesn’t give you the right to claim you invented it. Virtually all of the elements that “distinguish” a MacBook or iMac have prior art in the PC world and elsewhere. You may not know that but Apple does. Which is why they haven’t and won’t likely file suit here.

      The flame wars are going on because Apple’s legal design claims are getting increasingly stupid. Apple should stick to things that are ligitimately Apple-invented and stop claiming ownership for all the other areas where they’re standing on the shoulders of others.

  • PascalStolz

    Confusing post – what OS does it run? Apple or MSFT (or maybe even Android)?

    – Late-night posts that reported the Windows 8-equipped Spectre One –> implying MSFT
    – interested in an HP iMac Spectre One, –> implying NOT an iMac

    – At $1300, it will clearly be one of the most affordable iMacs on the market. –> implying IT IS an iMac

    If it was then the biggest question is “why” is AAPL now licensing their OS to third party and “why why” would it license to HP…

    • Todd Bishop

      Pascal, the references to the iMac are tongue-in-cheek. This is a Windows 8 machine.

  • Michael Hazell

    Hope they don’t get sued…

    • guest

      For what, exactly? Be specific.

      • Michael Hazell

        I hope that HP does not not get sued by Apple. This is after the recent run around with suites vs Samsung.

  • sly

    The fact that this is an HP is already a no-brainer, game-stopper for me and MANY other consumers. Why? HP has a VERY POOR customer service rating in the computer world. They currently have over 6000 – 6000!!!!! – complaints registered against them with the BBB. And that doesn’t include the numerous other consumer-reporting websites all over the net. Once HP has your money, they routinely ignore customers and worse yet, ship your call overseas to speak to Lolita Gupta in India for help – which, of course, you never get because you can’t understand her strong accent. This iMac-style machine won’t sell well for them, as they continue to lose market share for their poor product designs and even poorer customer service and support.

  • PriorArt2000

    The question should be why does this HP have a design similar to the IBM NetVista X40 that Apple copied the “Trade Dress” from?

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