Apple: no need to copy iPhone, be more like Nokia

Apple: no need to copy iPhone, be more like NokiaWindows Phone and the Lumias mightn’t have carved a particularly large slice of the smartphone market, but there’s no disputing that they are – for better or worse – miles apart from the same-old iOS and Android wares.

And you know who appreciates it? Apple, that’s who.

Yep, as another phase of Apple and Samsung’s courtroom bickering draws to a close, Nokia’s name has popped up.

What happened? Amusingly, a member of Apple’s defense held up a Nokia Lumia and suggested: "Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone." Great stuff.

It’s not clear if it was an N9-style Lumia 800/900 being held aloft, or a lower-end Lumia 610/710. In any case, there's no confusing those bad boys with, well, anything else.

Of course, the trial earlier heard that Microsoft is specifically prohibited from ripping off the iPhone.

Some patent guy, Boris Teksler, explained: “Apple's decision to license its design patents to Microsoft was consistent with its corporate strategy, because the agreement prohibited Microsoft from manufacturing copies.”

The upshot? Coming soon: a host of Lumia-inspired Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

via: WMPoweruser

Read more about: Nokia Lumia 710Nokia Lumia 800Nokia Lumia 900Nokia Lumia 610AndroidiOSWindows Phone

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Pondlife  Aug. 22, 2012 at 14:08

Is what they mean be like Nokia and sell naff all phones anymore?

Not to mention that Nokia has had many phones that still fit elements that they are complaining about.
Touchscreen, rows of icons, slabs with rounded corners. Not that they didn't have many of them before iphone existed.

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 23, 2012 at 10:17

Yeah, but Apple still invented those things. Er, retroactively.

Similarly, I've just invented something I like to call "the wheel". It's gonna be huge...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 23, 2012 at 13:24

Yeah, but Apple still invented those things. Er, retroactively.

Similarly, I've just invented something I like to call "the wheel". It's gonna be huge...

I was wondering, once upon a time, how terrible the car industry would be if it was anything like the mobile phone industry...okay, I'll rephrase that...what it'd be like if Apple made cars.

My conclusion: terrible.

Pondlife  Aug. 23, 2012 at 14:12

I think I mused on such an idea on here once, if they got in early and no other car could have some of these four wheels, glass windscreens, windows that open, headlights, car stereos, 4 stroke engines, abs, aircon, power steering, even the handbrake etc...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 23, 2012 at 14:15

if they got in early
Not an issue if you're Apple, you can still patent stuff other companies have been doing for years, remember.

Pondlife  Aug. 23, 2012 at 14:22

oops, wasn't thinking. I'm patenting the fuel tank now, then I'll get ambitious and go for breathing.

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