LG Accuses Apple Of Ripping Off iPhone Design

from the iCopy? dept

A few days after Apple announced the iPhone, Korean handset maker LG officially unveiled the Prada phone, a Prada-branded touchscreen phone that bore some similarities to the iPhone. Unlike the iPhone, the Prada Phone was not a closely guarded secret, as pictures of it had been available to the public for some time. Now LG is accusing Apple of copying its design for the Prada Phone, saying that the company only designed the iPhone after seeing pictures of the Prada Phone last September. This claim seems pretty far-fetched, and either way, it'd be very hard to demonstrate. What's interesting is what it says about Apple's claim that it did 200 patents worth of innovation for the iPhone. The claim always seemed like a bit of a red herring, intended to distract from some unfavorable aspects of the product's release. When the two handsets are released it'll easier to do a real side-by-side analysis, but it seems likely that the iPhone won't appear as innovative as Apple claims it is.


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    dorpus, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 4:37pm

    Great Artists Steal

    According to Steve Jobs, anyway...

     

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    insomniac4104, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 4:58pm

    iPhone you phone we all phone...
    But on a more serious note the iPhone seems to be a more elaborate version of the BlackJack with a touch screen. Why would I want another device to play mp3's when most people buying this thing probably have an iPod or equivalent so now they have two. So now we have a mini computer that can make phone calls...yuppie... All we need now is a phone I can play Oblivion and Wow on a screen the size of a postage stamp and I can ditch my 3000$ laptop...

     

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    Rawr, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 5:17pm

    I hate mac's, ipod's and everything to do with Apple so I'm glad iphone is getting what it deserves...I mean I wouldn't touch it with a 49.5 foot pole...But I like the Prada probably cause it doesn't have Apple's name but I am a fan of LG as I have had 2 cell phones and a microwave from them and all work great...

     

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    JJ, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 5:29pm

    Apple copies

    So apple stole the name "iphone" from Cisco. (there were lots of technologies with "i" in the front before the ipod came out.

    Then supposedly they stole the design from LG. Personally, I dont know if they stole the design but it looks similar. Really, how many designs are possible before they start repeating. Black glossy is in 2006/2007 so it is a given that many tech gadgets will have that design.

     

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    Michael Long, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 6:25pm

    LG

    The shape is basically the same, but how many ways can you make a full-screen candy-bar phone? The proof will be in ths software and the interface, and I'm willing to bet serious money, based on encounters with other LG products, that LG's is nowhere near as elegant.

    BTW, it's a little odd to see LG getting press about how Apple is ripping them off, as the "G" in LG is Goldstar. Which, as you may recall, is a company once well known for doing amazingly cheap--and amazingly bad--knockoffs of consumer electronic gear.

     

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    ha!, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 6:40pm

    Re:

    Your mamma didn't breastfeed you.

    You have serious thrill issues dude!

    hahaha...

     

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    ha!, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 6:41pm

    Re: Re:

    Yeah, I am talking to "Rawr"... whatever that means!

     

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    UniBoy, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 6:44pm

    LG is pretty smart...

    They were smart enough to realize that the ONLY way anyone was going to CARE about their new Prada phone, was to make up a sensational sounding story about it, and make sure that story included the word "iPhone".

     

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    iLG, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 6:48pm

    Re: LG

    Michael, I couldn't agree more.

    Their products are QUITE crappy. And so were years ago, with Goldstar.

     

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    notInUS, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 6:55pm

    what do they care

    Besides.

    There are no plans (yet) to bring it to the US, so LG is clearly threatened by Apple since there are some plans on the works to bring the iPhone to Europe.

    And I am sorry, but if you think that the iPhone design is a rip-off, the price to pay for a stupid wannabe-cool Prada phone is the mother of all rip-offs!!!!! $775 USD!!!! You gotta be kidding me!

    Plus you still have to buy the iPod! =)

     

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    LameGoldstar (LG), Feb 13th, 2007 @ 7:03pm

    Re: what do they care

    The price tag is on the official Goldstar, er... LG Press release.
    Oh... and it STARTS at 600Euros ($775 USD).

     

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    mac84, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 7:50pm

    Re:

    Thanks for sharing that stream of semi-consiousness. You've convinced me. Apple sucks, LG rocks. Now take it walking.

     

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    marsrock7712, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 8:00pm

    see the similarities

    it is questionable. . . see the similarities. . .

    http://www.macdailynews.com/gfx/article_gfx/070116_lg_iphone.jpg

     

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    Jesus, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 9:13pm

    Apple Shmapple

    I just plain hate Apple. I hate their advertising lies. I hate their ugly goofy feme garbage that isn't going to do anything but suck. I hate Apple's face! Apple's mom is a whore! A fat whore! Journeyman sucks! Hypercard sucks too! Suck it Apple's face whore!

     

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    Overcast, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 10:10pm

    Waaaaaa!!

    Sounds like they need a diaper change.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 10:14pm

    Re:

    What does a microwave and a cell phone have in common, funtionallity wise? Thats just it, nothing! If toyota decided to start making a washing machine, I would go out and buy it just because I've driven one of their cars and found it to be a good drive. Atleast apple are sticking to what they are good at!

     

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    Mofu, Feb 13th, 2007 @ 10:58pm

    Re:

    Well,

    The fact that you hate apple products, its very simple. Apple it's been successful and that creates hate from ignorant people like you. LG?? well, they might work great, but this is not the point. Its very obvious LG is just trying to get attention and therefore sales on a low quality product that wouldn't never be a successful as iphone.

     

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    KC, Feb 14th, 2007 @ 12:48am

    Just wait. Apple will charge you $1.99 to activate the "0" key on the touch screen.

     

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    Robin, Feb 14th, 2007 @ 2:54am

    What a bunch of fanboy kids!

     

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    spider418, Feb 14th, 2007 @ 5:23am

    Re: Re:Your mamma didn't breastfeed you.

    >Your mamma didn't breastfeed you.
    >
    >You have serious thrill issues dude!


    That explains the microwave...

    LG Microwave + baby formula = dislike of fruit

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2007 @ 7:54am

    Life is Good.... at APPLE!!!

     

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    figures, Feb 14th, 2007 @ 10:01am

    Apple reeks

    Reeks of poor taste, they appeal to Linux users, mocha drinking, pony tail, my SUV is eco friendly, karma, i bathe in my own poo, save the earth, steve jobs is my hero, sissy, ugly, and may I add... Microsoft will always reign folks!

    Apple, quite while your behind, you will never be ahead!!!

     

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    Leroy Jenkins, Feb 14th, 2007 @ 10:39am

    FUD

    Nice LG FUD.
    Let's see. Trying to sell some crappy candybar phone for $775 and mad because Apple outdid them and WILL outsell them. This is a poor attempt at trying to get marketing for a lackluster product. I really hate the new trend of Lawsuit Marketing. When I saw Cisco make the feable attempt I looked at their stock. Stockbrokers are jumping out of windows if they own Cisco.

    Blah. Apple stock is doing very nicely though and I guess the proof is in the pudding. If enough people like something someone will make it. If they make it and enough people buy it they will make money. So the simplest question to ask is Who is making money and Who isn't?

    It's not about fanbois. It is simple. Apple is very good at making things people like. They are also very good at marketing said items. As to those that hate Apple I would like to remind you they are one of the best at driving innovation. Look at most of the products you use and I bet Apple owns a patent on it. Innovation is good. Emulation is not as good.

    Oh and Vista. What a MAC OSX operating system was 2 years ago

    Innovation.

    Emulation.

    This thread fails to deliver

     

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    Mike, Feb 14th, 2007 @ 3:25pm

    Re: LG

    Duh. LG is Goldstar. The company was completely reorganized.

    Oh, you might want to note. The really nice Apple monitors that everyone likes are made by LG.

     

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    marsrock7712, Feb 14th, 2007 @ 5:43pm

    i beg to differ

    with "figures" i am a linux fan and HATE apple. . . and most people i know who are interested in linux also HATE apple. and no. . . microsoft will not reign always. . . their products get shittier every year and they spend more time fixing their software than they do actually advancing. . .

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2007 @ 8:51am

    Re: Re: LG

    Oh, you might want to note. The really nice Apple monitors that everyone likes are made by LG.

    You are totally wrong. The really nice Apple monitors you used to hear about were not made by LG.

    Apple used to have really nice monitors 2 years ago. In fact, the display on my apple monitor from 3 years ago is much better than any of their LG monitors today. Apple switched to LG to cut down costs. All of the US companies switched to cheaper parts to cut down costs.

    That being said, I do agree that LG is a very good brand today.

     

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    popo, Aug 9th, 2007 @ 4:52pm

    agree

    the lg version is much better and the i phone SUX!!!!!!!! iphone is so incrediblly expensive

     

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