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Apple Shells Out $21 Million for iOS Swiss Clock Design License

Time is gold, or should I say time is worth millions?

Apple recently paid $21 million in “lump sum” for the clock-face design from the Swiss Federal Railway service.  And that’s a lot of money for iOS Swiss clock design the fruit company was willing to pay.

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Here’s an excerpt from AFP:

“The company agreed in October to pay the lump sum so it could continue using SBB’s Swiss-designed station clock face on its iPads and iPhones, the Tages-Anzeiger daily reported on its website, quoting several unnamed sources.

When contacted by AFP, SBB refused Saturday to confirm the report.”

Did the Cupertino folks intentionally copy the Swiss clock?

This is not the first-time Swiss ticked off Apple regarding the design. While iOS users were happy tinkering with the new features when it was launched, SBB complained and accused the fruit company of stealing the clock-face design last September.

The Register, a UK news site said:

“SBB spokesman Christian Ginsing told the publication Tages Anzeiger that the design is copyrighted and is an SBB trademark. Tagessought comment from Apple – but you can probably predict the outcome of that request.

The “classic” design, SBB says, was created in 1944 by Hans Hilfiker.”

It was also reported that watchmaker, Mondaine, the sole consumer-focused licensee of the design will not receive any compensation from the licensing agreement. However, Mondaine is reportedly happy that Apple increased the visibility of the clock design according to MacRumors.

A MacRumors member remarked that it was great Apple didn’t getaway with stealing a trademark. As of this time, all eyes are set to the Cupertino Company, waiting for their comment regarding this issue.

Surprisingly, Apple throws the hat in the ring for a second-hand design of its clock. The old interface seems good enough though.

What do you think?

[Image source: AFP]

About Sette Capati

Hi, I'm Sette C., one of the core writers on Simon Blog. I write and live a life of tragedy, comedy and fairy tale—not to mention that inconsolable longing to feed my gadget addiction. Yes. And so I write—whether it's an app review, an iOS update or rumors about Apple products. You may follow my blurbs, too! @krisettecapati

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