Samsung Swears They Didn’t Copy Apple Even Though Their Store Looks Just Like An Apple Store


Samsung is making a last ditch effort to avoid paying Apple.
Samsung is making a last ditch effort to avoid paying Apple.
Photo: Jim Merithew / Cult of Mac

Big glass walls? Check. Wood product tables with open layout? Check. Minimalist design? Check. Retail staff wearing blue t-shirts? Check. This isn’t an Apple Store, though; it’s the newest Samsung Experience store that just opened in Sydney where visitors can play with all the greatest smartphones, tablets, and laptops on the planet made by Samsung.

The store looks a lot like the inside of the Apple Store that’s just a short walk away, but Samsung swears they didn’t copy Apple this time, or even look at what Apple was doing in the retail space. Right!

Asher Moses went to the store opening for The Brisbane Times and asked Samsung Australia’s Vice-President of Telecommunications, Tyler McGee, why they put the Samsung store right around the block from an Apple Store.

“That didn’t even come into the equation when we were looking for a location [for the store]. If you look at our layout this is the layout that we use around the world and it’s about basically giving the consumers the opportunity to interact, learn and play with our devices,” McGee said.

Maybe it’s nearly impossible to not copy some aspects of the distinctive aspects that have made Apple Stores so popular. I don’t know. But it looks pretty similar, and when you’ve already been accused of ripping off another company’s ideas relentlessly, you’d think Samsung would start to mix things up a bit.

Check out the video below to see more about the Samsung Store and watch Asher Moses question Samsung about whether or not they copied Apple.

Source: Brisbane Times

Via: Daring Fireball

  • macmixing

    The Crapple Store.

  • The_Truth_Hurts

    What is apple like that? Oh wait, I forgot that apple invented the retail store.

  • Sebastian Velez

    That does not look like an apple store… Far from it… If u think that looks like an apple store.. Then u are clearly trying to instigate…. I love quite a plethora of your articles… But this one is just blah… Wth apple would never do something this embarrassing… And if u think this is apple than u clearly have been to some pretty ghetto apple stores…

  • mjgilroy

    just like an apple store… without all the customers!

  • assyrianpride

    what the fuck? i could swear to god that thats an apple store. i even see the genius bar in the back.

  • trex67

    Need Help? Talk to one of the Samsung Subgeniuses.

  • theobserving

    That doesn’t look like an Apple store. What crack are you guys smoking? Tables are different, lighting is way different. If anything, it looks like a Sony retail store.

  • Steffen Jobbs

    Without Apple products, these stores will never see the amount of traffic or generate the revenue authentic Apple stores do.

  • zviivz

    I’m not surprised since Samsung is a big fan of Apple!

  • Bruce Schrock

    There are a lot of stores with all glass fronts. Just throwing that out for what its worth.

  • Marc Negron

    I can sort of see it. But the store itself is still too cluttered to be like an Apple store.

  • Bruce Schrock

    Please tell me where you see wooden tables.

  • calebpase

    if anything Microsoft ripped off Apple with their new retail stores with the new logo. looks EXACTLY like an apple store.

  • alex503

    Actually the Microsoft stores in Seattle, Washigton look even more identical then this Samsung store. Samsung store does look very very similar to the apple store. What can they do other than copy apple since they can’t compete on any level.

  • John Frum

    To those who don’t think it looks like an Apple Store: You’re right. It looks like a grocery store, or a delicatessen. What were the pundits thinking?

  • John Frum

    It’s what an Apple store would look like if Apple used cheaper materials.

  • alex503

    Samsung,those dirty Koreans are always copying and stealing others ideas. Just like Chinese always stealing and copying everything they see. You don’t see Apple and Microsoft have any real beef because they actually license out Apple’s patents. You just don’t see any true inovation from Samsung other than for their displays. Unlike the Japanese (Sony) have always been inovative.

  • Uncl3Ric0

    I’m not some apple fan freak, but i can say from my view point, samsung has copied the iphone and the stores and they will probably copy their TV sets (once they come out) as well. What samsung should do is just admit apple has done a great job in design – so great that they model their designs in their image. The deal is however – everyone copies. Look at cars, appliances, computers, lawn mowers, etc, etc, etc. Apple needs to get over this law suite thing and just focus on winning by making a better product and providing better service. The iphone, like anything else is a widget, and widgets get copied. Sorry to pop anyone’s bubble.

  • nthnm

    While that looks just like an Apple Store, there is a newly opened Samsung store in the Metropolis at Metrotown mall in Burnaby, BC (a suburb of Vancouver) which looks nothing like this. The first time I walked in, I actually thought it resembled more of a temporary, makeshift store by a newly started company.

  • jamz82277

    You just don’t see any true inovation from Samsung other than for their displays.

    And their processors and their memory, among other things which are in your iPhone. Samsung makes about 25% of the parts inside an iPhone. Soooo enjoy your Samsung device while you’re bashing them!