Techcrunch's post regarding Xiaomi's blatant copying of Apple and casually throwing in Apple's copy of Xerox's GUI and mouse is very much erroneous and trying to equate Apple's past with Xiaomi is just wrong.
First, I would like to acknowledge that Apple did in fact copy Xerox. It's a very well known historic fact. However, it was Apple that used that concept and brought it to the consumer market at a time when the GUI was still sitting in a PARC lab. There was no Xerox version of the Mac in 1984 or at any other time before that.
If anything, Microsoft's copying of Mac OS is closer to what Xiaomi is currently doing in copying what Apple does, what its products feel like, and the UI experience.
And the "one more thing" slide that Xiaomi even used on its product launch event (which Steve Jobs is famously known for), Apple has never gone as far as to place competitor logos on its website and claiming as its own. Just as TC's post mentioned in Xiaomi's own product page.
Bottom-line here is that it was a different era back in the early 1980s. And Apple did not copy something on the market and blatantly ripped it off. That's the big difference here between what Apple did and what Xiaomi is doing now.
Xiaomi is just shamelessly photocopying all things Apple.