Swiss Railway Accuses Apple of Stealing Clock Design for iOS 6
September 21, 2012 11:57 AM
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SBB is reportedly looking to make a deal with Apple, where the railway company will likely seek a licensing fee
They say "what goes around, comes around" -- and it looks like Apple is finally getting a dose of its own medicine in the patent infringement department.
A railway company in Switzerland, called Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), has accused Apple of copying its clock design for iOS 6. SBB said its company created that clock design back in 1944, and that Apple's new iOS 6 clock app is identical. See for yourself:
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"We are proud that this icon of clock design is being used by a globally successful company," said Reto Kormann, SBB spokesperson. "We've approached Apple and told them that the rights for this clock belong to us."
SBB is reportedly looking to make a deal with Apple, where the railway company will likely seek a licensing fee.
released iOS 6 two days ago
, and also launched its
in eight countries today.
SBB's move against Apple comes at an interesting time. After a 1+ year-long battle with Samsung over smartphone/tablet patent infringement lawsuits around the globe, a U.S. jury
found Samsung guilty of copying the iPhone/iPad
for its Galaxy line. Not only was Samsung ordered to pay $1.05 billion USD in damages, but a court date on December 6 may lead to more product bans for the South Korean electronics maker. Apple is also looking to
boost that $1.05 billion fine to $3 billion
Cult of Mac
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9/22/2012 3:06:00 PM
Strictly speaking, the way the phone was pulled out of the pocket in the first test isn't that important as the additional lateral motion and rotation is insignificant compared with the velocity when it first impacts the ground, which is similar in both instances.
The second test is the bad one, as it is clear he drops the iPhone from quite a bit lower than the S3-- you can tell that easily from where his hand is over his t-shirt logo. He drops the iPhone from what he says is 4', which is the height in the middle of the 'Android Authority' logo on his t-shirt that he previously indicated he would do. That happens at about 2m10s in the video.
At 2m55 he drops the S3 but if you look carefully, it isn't released until it is level with the neck-line at the front of his t-shirt which is about 6 inches higher than the height the iPhone was released from. That difference is anything but insignificant, unlike his first drop test.
The reason for doing the drop test to a hard surface from three heights in the 3' to 5'6" range is because that is about the limit of what the devices can take without shattering the screen, and dropping one from 4' and the other from 4'6" pretty much invalidates everything.
9/22/2012 4:42:30 PM
I get your point, you think the dude doing the test wasn't holding the phones right when he dropped them.
The iPhone is still obviously tougher and more durable (as well as considerably faster) than the Samsung Galaxy S3 whatever way you hold it.
9/26/2012 10:44:05 AM
No the point he is making is that the guy testing the phones is not testing them equally. You can't get any valid results when the tests are not done in equal (or near equal) conditions.
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