What’s really going to disrupt the iPhone is going to be something completely different, not something that tries so hard to clone the iPhone that it hits Apple’s patents.
Bingo, and I’m amazed Ihnatko didn’t catch this because he even used a BlackBerry analogy. The iPhone didn’t bury RIM because it was a Samsung-style ripoff of BlackBerry OS. The iPhone brought something incredible, new, vastly different, and ultimately better. If something ever takes the iPhone down, be it from Apple or a competitor, it won’t be an unimaginative ripoff like Samsung just got busted for. It’ll be something revolutionary, wholly different, and better.