SP’s: Taking inspiration from another’s designs is an old tale in the smartphone industry. The latest controversy is revolving around iPhone 6-inspired HTC One A9. Defending HTC, a top executive said that it was Apple that copied HTC’s design. Read more to know the whole story.
Recently we wrote about HTC One A9 that looks a lot like the iPhone 6. The struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker hinted in the past that the company is looking to drift in a new design direction. But, nobody expected the design pioneer HTC to completely rip-off Apple iPhone 6.
In a surprising move, HTC North Asia President Jack Tong has accused Apple of stealing its ideas.
As reported by WantChinaTimes.com, HTC executive said, “We’re not copying.” Talking about HTC One M7, he said, “We made a uni-body metal-clad phone in 2013. It’s Apple that copies us in terms of the antenna design on the back.”
Arguing about the design breakthrough in radio signals for metal-clad phones, he said,”The A9 is made thinner and more lightweight than our previous metal-clad phones. This is a change and evolution, and we’re not copying.”
It should be noted that HTC One A9 is the first non-Nexus phone that comes pre-installed with the latest Android Marshmallow. It features a 1920×1080, 5-inch AMOLED display and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
“The A9 is made thinner and more lightweight than our previous metal-clad phones,” Tong said. “This is a change and evolution, and we’re not copying.”
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