There are reports stating that Apple has copied an iconic clock design from Switzerland Railways in their iOS 6 update. The Apple clock application snapshot does look extremely similar to the Swiss design.

Was this done on purpose or was it an inspiration? If this is an inspiration, how can it be justified from a design perspective, considering Apple is pursuing many design related cases of its own?

  1. Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Copied Its Iconic Railway Clockhttp://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/20/swiss-federal-railways-says-apple-copied-its-iconic-railway-clock/
  2. Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Stole Its Clockhttp://www.commonhype.com/design/swiss-federal-railways-says-apple-stole-its-clock/
  3. Apple apes trademarked Swiss railway clock for iPad’s new Clock apphttp://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/09/apple-apes-trademarked-swiss-railway-clock-for-ipads-new-clock-app/
  4. Apple Totally Stole the Design of the iOS 6 iPad Clockhttp://gizmodo.com/5945008/apple-totally-stole-the-design-of-the-ios-6-ipad-clock