Haters Accuse Apple Of Ripping Off Samsung. UPDATE: Certified Bullshit!

Haters Accuse Apple Of Ripping Off Samsung. UPDATE: Certified Bullshit!

Apple critics are accusing the company of ripping off Samsung, not the other way around. They say the Samsung F700, first shown at Cebit in 2006 and released in February 2007, is the inspiration for the iPhone, first shown at Macworld 2007 and released in June that year. LOL @ Apple: Suing someone you stole the design from to begin with.

UPDATE: It looks like the F700 was actually first announced in February 2007 — a month after Steve Jobs debuted the iPhone — and was released in December 2007, months after the iPhone’s debut. Worse, it was greeted with accusations of being a complete iPhone ripoff!

What do you think? Did Apple copy the iPhone from Samsung?

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  • Iam9376

    The picture is incorrect as the F700 was announced February 2007 and released later that December.

    http://www.gsmarena.com/samsun

  • Nik

    This story is totally stupid, Samsung along with all other unoriginal loser companies have been desparately trying to ride on Apple’s coatails to no avail. I have used several copycat phones and tablets and nobody can even come close to Apple. It’s amazing to me, these companies have their hands on amazing Apple products for years and they try and try to copy them but end up creating crap as usual. Samsung and everyone else, aren’t you ashamed of yourselves? Be original, come up with your own ideas instead of stealing other people’s.

  • Conrad MacIntyre

    LOL @ AppleHaters. Well done, sir.

  • Barton Lynch

    yeah. apple saw it and quickly got it ready and working in less than a year.
    I think both suits are wrong, what else can a phone look like if it’s not a flip or keyboard phone or something?

  • Conrad

    Also, from the official Samsung website. A February 8, 2007 press release. http://www.samsung.com/us/news

  • HammyHavoc

    Of course this is BS. A quick seach on the ever so popular search engine beginning with ‘G’ reveals all. Regardless, even if they had ripped the design off, it isn’t about ‘who did it the first?’, it is about ‘who does it the best?’ and clearly the answer is Apple. They will always have the advantage in both software and hardware.

  • besweeet

    Just a coincidence IMO. I’m sure Apple was working on the iPhone long before Samsung came up with their phone anyway.

  • Miguel Ângelo Costa

    Apple has one of the best design teams in the world. If not the best one in many ways. Do you really thing they need to copy?

  • Miguel Ângelo Costa

    Apple has one of the best design teams in the world. If not the best one in many ways. Do you really thing they need to copy?

  • Lemonfizz

    the hands that are holding the phones are identical – load of concocted bollocks!

  • CamilloMiller

    Plus, the Samsung lovers spell-checkers are broken, to “BEING” with. :D

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    Not the best design team, the most Brand focused team.
    Others are good also, only unfocused and spineless!

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    Not the best design team, the most Brand focused team.
    Others are good also, only unfocused and spineless!

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    Bull the kind of BBC and EuroNews (those two are the most antiApple) will believe in.

  • DAvid

    The update makes the poll valueless, n’est pas?

  • Zerafiall

    The iPhone was in development for years… It was all thier own work, not a copy cat rip off.

  • Staterunner180

    Even if it had been released before the iPhone, years and years of work went into designing the iPhone, it wasn’t just thrown together in a couple months.

  • AlaskaHome1959

    Well, it should be obvious to any lawyer with an IQ lower than 10 that the iPhone is just a rip off of the Samsung: They are both phones (that alone is enough to seal the iPhone’s fate), they both have screens to display information (when was the last time you ever saw a phone with a screen–before the Samsung, I mean), both have icons to represent applications and functions (Apple had never thought of using icons for *anything* before the Samsung), and they both have black cases (how unoriginal of Apple to steal our unique color). I mean, really–how could anyone question the “logic” here?

  • aramishero

    Really shame on you AppleHaters… AppleHaters really don’t know what is shame mean…

  • aramishero

    I think Jonny Ive will laugh his ass out when he read this article… Jonny Ive is the Best product designer in the World and earn many awards… How dare he copy this lousy Samsung design? Some more this Samsung reveal this product not on 2006 it’s feb 2007. This is absolutely making news and try to hurt Apple. This not hurt Apple but shame on AppleHaters.

  • Sahanatrymytech

    so who stole whose design now??? its preety confusing now..

  • Alistair H.

    Well, the release date of Samsung F700 is incorrect to begin with. And it doesn’t really matter – unfortunately – who came up with the design first. What matters is who owns the patent – and in this case it’s Apple.

  • Alistair H.

    Good one sir! ;-)

  • Doalvares

    iPhone’s design was just a natural evolution of what was previously done by other brands (earlier PDA’s, Qtek smartphones like the S1xx and 200…, LG Prada with capacitative display…). The iPhone was revolutionary, but I think that it wasn’t because of the design of its hardware.

  • Johnny5k

    If you want to see how the Galaxy S stacks up against the iPhone in the terms of the trademarks Apple is accusing Samsung of infringing, check out these charts / infographics:
    http://peanutbuttereggdirt.com

    http://www.peanutbuttereggdirt

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