Despite being currently engaged in a massive legal battle with Apple over patents, intellectual rights, product designs and so forth, Samsung continues to shamelessly copy Apple at every turn, and the examples of this seem to be getting increasingly common.
The above photograph, courtesy of AllThingsD’s John Paczowski, shows a Samsung story display from their Centro Sicilia store in Catania, Italy that clearly “borrows” the icon artwork for a number of different iOS apps including, and perhaps to the embarrassment of Samsung, that of Apple’s own App Store and Mobile Safari browser.
9to5Mac points out that this seemingly blatant mimicking of Apple’s designs even extends as far as the power adapters used for Samsung’s Galaxy S II smartphones, which are almost an exact replica of Apple’s USB power adapters, with less than a millimeter’s difference in measurements on any side. The above image shows the two adapters side-by-side as well as showing Samsung’s prior power adapter before they copied Apple’s design.
Sadly, these are only the latest in Samsung’s seemingly blatant theft of Apple’s designs, with the above well-known image reflecting the incredible similarities between the iPhone 3G and 3GS and Samsung’s Galaxy. Heck – even Samsung’s USB cables are a clear knock-off of Apple’s designs!
Is there anyone who still doesn’t think that Samsung is rather clearly copying Apple’s designs while feebly attempting to deny as much in court? If so, raise your hand. Yup, didn’t think so. Biased or not, I see no sensible interpretation of these images that concludes anything other than that Samsung is clearly trying to copy Apple in a number of ways, which certainly isn’t going to do them any favors in their legal struggles with Apple.