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Apple Totally Stole the Design of the iOS 6 iPad Clock

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Thanks to iOS 6, the iPad finally has a clock application. Too bad Apple apparently stole the design from the iconic station clock of the Swiss Federal Railway. By "apparently" we mean completely and without remorse—like a bunch of highway bandits. Look at the two side-by-side above. What a shameless rip off.

The Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reports that the iconic clock was originally designed by Hans Hilfiker in 1944. The railway owns both the trademark and copyright for the design, which it licenses to fancy watchmakers. According to the report, the railway is demanding financial compensation for Apple's usage. Considering how many devices already use iOS 6 that could mean big trouble for Apple. Fair is fair! Apple just won a billion dollars from Samsung for exactly this kind of copying. Now it'll be Apple's turn to pay up. [Tages-Anzeiger via MacRumors]

Image of Swiss clock via the Wikimedia Commons