Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off
Trademarked and copyrighted clock design reproduced in iOS 6 app
As hipsters and tragics queue for new iPhones, Switzerland's railway operator, SBB, has complained that Cupertino copied its design for the clock display used in iOS6.
Your rounded corners might not save you: SBB's railway clock (left)
and Apple's iOS6 clock icon (right)
While expressing "joy" that iOS6 uses what it clearly believes is a straight copy of its design, SBB says Apple did not ask its permission, in this story (Google translation chosen to make it even funnier).
SBB spokesman Christian Ginsing told the publication Tages Anzeiger that the design is copyrighted and is an SBB trademark. Tages sought comment from Apple - but you can probably predict the outcome of that request.
The "classic" design, SBB says, was created in 1944 by Hans Hilfiker.
Meanwhile, Australian and New Zealand buyers are feeling the same mapping pain as El Reg earlier reported from the UK, with an abundance of errors rendering the new iPhone mapping nearly useless.
New Zealand IT journalist Juha Saarinen said that in Auckland, the maps are so incorrect as to be useless, while iiNet's John Lindsay suggested "Move yr business to where Apple says it is. That's the Apple way." ®
Looks like a lot of clocks I've seen was my initial thought.
But if SBB have the Trademark, I do hope they take Apple to court. Sause for the goose and all that. The Apple/Samsung lookylikey battle was stupid and this would highlight Apples ridiculous stance. (The Samsung looked like most other tablets I'd seen, and I'm writing this on my iPad so I'm not totally antiApple)
Re: "they are horrendously expensive for what you get."
Aha, another feature copied by Apple then.......
I've got a pocket watch based on the design which I bought at an SBB ticket office. They do guard the design very carefully, and I expect them to win this one. And so they should.