Apple used to be pretty vocal about its competitors' penchant for imitation. These days, though, the Mac maker doesn't exactly have a leg to stand on. iOS 7's flat, colorful design is eerily reminiscent of Windows Phone (with frosted glass effects straight from Windows Vista), and the new iPhone 5C looks an awful lot like Nokia's handsets, with colorful polycarbonate shells and matching OS colors.
In fact, the similarities are so stark that Nokia posted this image on its UK Twitter feed yesterday, prefaced with the words, "Thanks, #Apple ;)"
And here's the iPhone 5C lineup for reference:
Yeah, can't really fault Nokia there.
Loyal Apple fans may credit the iPod family with kicking off the whole multicolored craze years ago, and they may be right. The fact remains, though: Apple seems to be looking to its past and its rivals for inspiration lately. I hope next year's iPhones break some new ground in the aesthetics department; otherwise, I might start to think Jony Ive is asleep at the switch.
|1. GKey13 - $650||2. JohnC - $600||3. davidbowser - $501|
|4. cmpxchg - $500||5. DeadOfKnight - $400||6. danny e. - $375|
|7. the - $360||8. Ryszard - $351||9. rbattle - $350|
|10. Ryu Connor - $350|
|The SSD Endurance Experiment: Only two remain after 1.5PB||62|
|Friday night topic: Conspiracy theories||202|
|GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers support new cards, new games, G-Sync||7|
|Deal of the week: A 23'' IPS monitor for $150, a 200-mm fan for free, and more||23|
|GeForce GTX 970, 980 cards already widely available||31|
|Curved VA panel powers 27'' Samsung monitor||24|
|Android L to encrypt devices by default||7|
|Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards reviewed||369|