HTC’s new One A9 phone has received a lot of attention from the press; mainly due to how much it resembles the iPhone. It turns out that Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, is fed up with hearing that and thinks that it is Apple that copies HTC designs.
“We’re not copying. We made a uni-body metal-clad phone in 2013. It’s Apple that copies us in terms of the antenna design on the back,” said Tong during a press briefing in Taiwan.
Tong’s remarks were made in response to a story appearing on The Verge, which said that the One A9 is “the most blatant and highest-profile iPhone ripoff since Samsung’s original Galaxy S.”
It turns out that he may have a point, considering that the Apple did not adopt the rear antenna until the iPhone 6 from last year. On the other hand, the HTC One A9 still bears a strong resemblance to the design aesthetics of the current generation of iPhones.
We would’t say that copying the iPhone is a new thing, considering that many phones coming out of China seem to be speaking the same design language. In HTC’s case, we might give them the benefit of the doubt and say that this is simply a case of all smartphones eventually looking the same at some point. Still, with any luck this won’t trigger another legal war between two smartphone companies.
[Source: Want China Times]