Samsung claims Apple's iPhone was based on a Sony design concept floated in 2006

Samsung claims Apple's iPhone was based on a Sony design concept floated in 2006
Straight from Samsung's pretrial briefs come more and more nuggets of information that shed the light around the iPhone and iPad design conception, and we are comfortably on the couch, popcorn in hand.

In Samsung's clarifications that it had rectangular touchscreen phones with colorful icons way back in 2006, there was the additional argument that Apple actually was steered to the idea for the final first iPhone design by a Sony concept. Now we have more details on this concept and the design sketch based on it, including the picture. The whole ordeal allegedly started in 2006, when Bloomberg made an interview with designers from Sony, where Yujin Morisawa goes like this:

Samsung claims that this interview was floated by Apple's VP Tony Fadell at the time, and sent right to Steve Jobs and Jony Ive, becoming the basis for design sketches Samsung says resulted in the ultimate original iPhone design:

Looking at the original "Sony-style" design drawing from 2006, what do you think, will Samsung's argument sound plausible in court when trial begins?

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208 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Dont forget the nokia concept too that apple stolen :)

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Steve jobs say smart people don't copy they steal

16. MeoCao unregistered

Wow, this is exactly like iPhone's "iconic" design LOL. How shameless Apple is.

23. A-P-P-L-E

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Apple made it famous. others couldnt.

108. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

now samsung made it more famous..... so why apple cant shut its mouth......

151. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I was not going to say anything because I am trying to turn over a new leaf. BUT..... Apple really has no shame. If they still insist that they developed that "iconic" look then what else is there to say? I am with Apple on this, BOTH Sony & Nokia went back into the past with their Back to the Future apps, used an iPhone 4 but slapped a Sony logo on it & used Apple patents that Nokia now has because they already knew the iPhone 4 was "iconic". That's plausible right? I mean that’s GOT to be what happened. I believe you Apple this is a conspiracy against you. Apple FTW! lol

157. SleepingOz unregistered

Oh man, please get a life!

158. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ok, so it's ok to steal ideas as long as they're not popular. Is that it? Actually, I think you feel it's ok to steal ideas if you're Apple, and only Apple.

175. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...Apple is mad at Samsung for copying what Apple already copied....lol. Apple wants to be the only ones who copy others.... :(

173. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Marketing and execution, thats all. That doesnt mean one should dimiss what the iPhone was inspired by, what Apple copied, however you wanna look at it... :)

95. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I was gonna say the same,f*ck me the iphone looks extremely similar. Funny thing is it took apple several years to actually reach this level of design with the iphone 4.

174. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol....this is nothing new tho: http://gizmodo.com/343641/1960s-braun-products-hold-the-secrets-to-apples-future Its really funny tho.....that amazing, innovative iPhone 4 design was ...copied....just like what they did with Braun products.

27. A-P-P-L-E

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Well others tried. But failed. Apple took it and cause the world a damage. Like no others has.

35. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

lol i bet you are hungry...you are trolling all over...take some rest..enough for the day :P

40. A-P-P-L-E

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

What a joke. more like you all jelious... get over it loooosers! Face the facts and logic. Apple is Apple like no others. More like you all Trolling.

44. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

More like you dumb like rock.

72. A-P-P-L-E

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

pls get a life and stop being jelious of Apple. Get over it.

155. Ksolaoke

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

jealous of apple, that's the best you could come up with, try again.......it would be better if you could spell jealous correctly.

165. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

learn how to spell dumbass

73. A-P-P-L-E

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

i think you need help. get wize councelling.

129. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

"Apple is Apple like no others." exactly our point mate .. stealers.like.no.other

144. osmaankhaan unregistered

like.no.other is sony's line see apple company and also its users (iFools) copy sony

62. alien_x

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Yeh apple did damage --> to your brain.

105. A-P-P-L-E

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

ur more damaged. cause u hate Apple. so u need to get over it.

147. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Money...you are clearly blind, mentally disabled and you have "poor Engrish". A real nice triffecta.

162. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You need to pull your head out in the sand. Unless you have hundreds of thousand of apple shares. Apple lawsuit would not bring you a single benefit. Less competition mean more pricey apple product. Apple recent price reduction in ML, iPad are the result of competition or because apple is feeling charitable. iFan will believe all the marketing info feed to them by Tim Cook.

14. A-P-P-L-E

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Apple were first to design this. Every-one is Xeroxing Apples design. To many copycats! Apple had lead will lead have lead allways will others will follow us!!!

19. wendygarett unregistered

Copycat? Still better than patent troll :D

24. A-P-P-L-E

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Others dont have the equity to patent. Apple will has paid double triple the cash amount.

86. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I can imagine a post-apocalyptic future where the world is in a queue with an apple sticker on their heads

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