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Apple counterstrikes with a 2005 "Purple" phone prototype, moves to dismiss the Sony-Jony design as evidence

0. phoneArena posted on 30 Jul 2012, 02:14

Cupertino is counteracting with motion in support of dismissing the Sony-Jony prototype as evidence, chiefly based on the fact that Apple already had a design prototype, called "Purple", way back in August 2005, whereas Nishibory's work from March 2006 was portrayed as simply an "enjoyable side project"...

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posted on 30 Jul 2012, 02:42 1

7. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)

welp whoever is right it will show, because whatever goes on in the dark must come to the light....lol just be careful you dont have to eat any of your words...

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 02:45 1

11. Jabarkas (unregistered)

I though, that this is an article about design. But if you are talking about the whole "iphone revolution", than you might look at this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada_(KE850)

P.S. Sorry for the double-post.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 02:50 2

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Thanks for posting a link to an irrelevant phone that no one remembers. Prada doesn't even belong in the same conversation as iPhone.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 02:58 5

22. tedkord (Posts: 13851; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Except that it clearly uses the same design cues Apple now claims others from from them. Meaning they existed before Apple, and Apple has no legitimate claim to them.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 03:12

23. Jabarkas (unregistered)

It's not just about the design. It was also the first smartphone with capacitive (mulit-)touchscreen. The señor up there wrote, that apple came with that feature.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 04:28 4

24. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Guys, the troll has finally been let out of it's cage and is hungry, please don't feed it...

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:09

33. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Being feed like this?!


posted on 30 Jul 2012, 04:33

25. JC557 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

I guess those idiots missed the evolutionary part of what I've said.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 18:20

45. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

It proves a point that the rectangular design and touchscreen is really not a revolution from Apple. Of course, taco is in denial again... It's expected.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:08 2

29. Crossblade (Posts: 215; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)

Prada was announced AFTER the OG iPhone.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:15 3

30. Jabarkas (unregistered)

In the wikipedia article they are writing, that the phone won a prize for design in september 2006 and that they were even thinking about suing Apple. If you have other source which would back up you opinion, please provide it, so everyone could read it.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:20 3

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

No it wasn't... The Prada was announced December 12, 2006. The iPhone was announced January 9, 2007.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:30

37. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

If i remember correctly, the Prada was announced first by a good margin, but dropped in for sale after the iphone.
Wow, havent seen you commenting in quite a while. :)

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 11:33

40. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Prada was announced after the iPhone

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 13:36

43. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

actually it wasnt
Dec 12, 2006 comes before Jan 9, 2007.. unless time is running backwards.
And if you go by when they submitted to iF for their design award, your talking well BEFORE sept 2006.

"It was the first mobile phone with a capacitive touchscreen"
Rounded corners, centered screen, capacitive interface, minimalist... sound like another phone you love so much?

"Woo-Young Kwak, head of LG Mobile Handset R&D Center, said at a press conference, “We consider that Apple copied the Prada phone after the design was unveiled when it was presented in the iF Design Award and won the prize in September 2006"


International Forum Design—Product Design Award for 2007 [1]
Red dot design award—LG Prada Wins "Best of the Best" red dot Design Award, 2007 [2][3]
Fashion phone of the year—Mobile Choice (2007) [4]
Best fashion phone—What Mobile Awards (2007) [5]
Gold for best looking phone—CNET Asia Readers' Choice Award (2007/08) [6]



posted on 30 Jul 2012, 18:28

46. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Welcome to taco world... where the world is filled with carne asada, time goes backwards, Apple grows from Foxconn, the US president was Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 12:14 2

42. tedkord (Posts: 13851; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Prada design was released a full year before the iPhone. It won an award for its innovative design a full year before the original iPhone. It was clearly an inspiration for the iPhone.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 05:57 4

28. Jabarkas (unregistered)

Oh, I got a "bad comment" for being right. I feel like Giordano Bruno. Fortunately for me I will not be tied to an iStake and iBurned to death. :)

I really don't understand, why should a customer supports Apple in these trials. If Apple would win and (let's say) ban Galaxy S3, it will seriously damage the competition on the market and thus the customer.

I'm not denying btw, that iPhone changed market for the better or even that some Samsung models took heavy inspiration from Apple. I just don't thing, that Samsung truly coppied anything. What they did seems really "normal" to me.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 11:01

38. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Why is it Apple keeps coming up with old photos of prototypes all of a sudden? Seems like these guys might be good at doctoring photos and pulling things out of their asses. Just looking at that Sony phone and the iPhone you can see the resemblances and not even that dodgy looking "purple" photo will be enough to get Apple out of this bs lawsuit. These guys steal from everyone and then want to complain when others do the same to them. Incredible, talk about foot in mouth disease.

Lol, Apple should lose this case...Judge shouldn't throw it out. But make an example out of this, Apple are blatant liars. "Other firms should come up with their own designs and tech and not steal ours..." what crap coming from the crown prince of thievery. I truly hope that samsung wins this case bar none. These pompous jerks need to be brought down a peg for their proud attitude, claiming to be righteous and virtuous but really a stinking bag of lying filth.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 14:06

44. joseg81 (Posts: 199; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

my only question is from the quote and the "purple" design dated 2005 they're describing the iphone 4 which they didn't implement until 2010. with that said why did they take a step back and release the original iphone which tbh doesn't sound like the description or look like the "purple" picture. "a band running around the midpoint of its body" is the clincher for me. sounds like the antennae that had all those issues when the iphone 4 release. or am i the only one that sees this?

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 20:03

52. chester1 (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I am still just amazed how people think this lawsuit is good for us as consumers. We all suffer from this.

Expenses are higher due to lawyer fees, innovation costs are higher due to patent engineers required to inspect everything so as to avoide bing sued, innovation is slower and competition is stifled.

We are all worse off here, so why argue over it. The only people who win are the shareholders of the winning company and the lawyers.

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