Apple executives say Samsung copied the iPhone by adding a bigger screen
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Apple executives say Samsung copied the iPhone by adding a bigger screen.
On June 28, The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern shared a new documentary on the evolution of the iPhone ahead of its 15th anniversary on June 29, 2007.
The documentary includes interviews with Apple marketing chief Greg Joswiak, iPhone co-creator Tony Fadell and a family of iPhone owners.
One part of the interview reflected on Android smartphones getting larger displays years before iPhones .
When asked how much influence Samsung and other Android smartphone makers had on Apple at the time, Joswick admitted they were “annoying” and accused them of botched copies of Apple’s technology.
“They’re annoying,” Joswiak said. “Because, as you know, they ripped off our technology.
They took the innovation we created and created a poor replica with the difference that it had a bigger screen installed. So yeah, we don’t So happy.”
Apple finally released its first large-screen smartphones in 2014, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple sued Samsung for patent infringement in 2011, saying Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones copied the iPhone’s design.
The court initially awarded Apple about $1 billion in damages, but that amount was reduced in a subsequent retrial. In 2018, Apple finally settled with Samsung and reiterated the following statement:
We believe deeply in the value of design, and our team works tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers.
The case has always focused on elements other than money. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with the iPhone, and it’s true that Samsung blatantly copied our designs.
It’s important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many of Apple’s employees.
We thank the jury for their hard work and are glad they agreed that Samsung should pay for copying our products.
The full documentary is available on the Wall Street Journal’s website, and it offers an interesting look back at the iPhone over the years:
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