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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