HTC Says 'It's Apple That Copies Us' After One A9 Called iPhone Lookalike

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    HTC has denied claims that its new flagship One A9 smartphone copies the iPhone. At a press briefing in Taiwan, company executive Jack Tong said that "it's Apple that copies us" in terms of antenna design--the Taiwanese handset maker was first to release a metal unibody smartphone nearly three years ago.

    The HTC One A9 compared to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (via The Verge)

    The response was reported by Want China Times (via BGR):
    The original HTC One M7 launched in March 2013 with an aluminum unibody frame and plastic antenna lines along the top and bottom of the smartphone, both design cues that Apple adopted for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, released 18 months later, and has since carried over to the iPhone 6s lineup.

    The original HTC One with an all-metal unibody design launched in March 2013

    The One A9 is considered an iPhone lookalike because it has a similar rounded chassis, plastic antenna lines and a protruding rear-facing camera, and because it is available in almost identical colors as the current iPhone lineup. The smartphone also has one speaker located next to the charging port on the bottom.

    HTC's rebuttal comes after The Verge described the One A9 as "the most blatant and highest-profile iPhone ripoff since Samsung's original Galaxy S," a bold argument that has been contested by some HTC supporters. The copycat allegations have received significant media coverage this week.

    Ultimately, while there is no denying that HTC's One A9 is an iPhone-driven evolution of the HTC One series, it is clear that both smartphone makers have borrowed similar design qualities from each other over the years. Apple has not commented on the matter, but has taken legal action against Samsung for copying in the past.

    The One A9 is HTC's latest flagship Android smartphone, featuring a 5-inch screen with a curved-edge display, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage, Quick Charge 2.0 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone is available in a range of colors, including Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold, for $399 unlocked.

    Article Link: HTC Says 'It's Apple That Copies Us' After One A9 Called iPhone Lookalike
  2. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Apple copied us! we copied their........copy?
  3. SSD-GUY, Oct 22, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015

    SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    I'm sorry, but as I read this, all I could think of was:

  4. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    That's like saying Apple copied the name of a fruit
  5. captain cadet macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    Didn't the iPhone 6 came out last year and that the iPhone 6S is based off the iPhone 6 HTC?
  6. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    Who really is 100% original these days with no influences from competitors? No one.
  7. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    HTC M7 design is the only device that I would like to have if I switch to Android (the M9 also have similar design which I think is sexy and original),
    and now they are doing this... pffttt you lost all credibility now HTC.
  8. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
  9. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    "Apple copied us last year! So we made sure our phone looked even MORE like theirs this year!"

  10. GuitarDTO macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Honestly, who cares at this point. One runs iOS, the other Android. That is all that really matters IMO.
  11. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    What? The iPhone 6 and 6s are visually identical.
  12. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    "It's only copying when they do it. We didn't copy anything!"
  13. Sunday Ironfoot macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    Didn't the iPhone 5 have a "uni-body metal-clad" design, with plastic bands at the top and bottom for antennas? And that came out in 2012.
  14. gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    This is good for HTC, otherwise nobody would be talking or paying attention about their phones.
  15. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    And they coincidentally named it the A9...the same chip that's inside the iPhone 6s. No confusion there.
  16. inhalexhale1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2011
    Looking at the '13 HTC One, he does have a point. I'm not saying Apple copied them, but they did have the antenna lines on the back way before the iPhone 6. They even had Beats before Apple too, haha.
  17. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
  18. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    I actually prefer the antenna bands on the A9 to the ones on the 6S.
  19. JXShine macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2015
    Who cares about what htc says? They will be out of business within a year anyway
  20. dontwalkhand macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    The antenna bands on all phones look ugly. Should have went to the 5S design of filling them with glass. I would have loved that.
  21. win1ph1 macrumors newbie


    Oct 22, 2015
    I don't get this 'who copied who' thing. Just make your phones! There are plenty customers to go around.
  22. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Not plastic but glass at the top and bottom and I see what you mean. The iPhone design is simply an iteration from previous design so you would know the origin or resemblance. HTC A9 just simply being lazy and try to use the same name as Apple Ax chip is just a cheap shot to get boost sales...
  23. pgiguere1, Oct 22, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015

    pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Oh please, as if the unibody metal construction was the only thing it had in common with the iPhone...

    The metal finish, corner radiuses, flat back, curved front glass that blends with the sides, camera ring, two-tone flash, speaker grill, etc. are all more similar to the iPhone than any past HTC One phone.

    The iPhone 6's design is basically a 5th-gen iPod touch with a curved front glass and antenna breaks. Really the only new thing HTC brought first was the antenna breaks. They can brag about innovating on antenna breaks all they want, it's not representative of a phone's entire design and doesn't negate the fact they took inspiration from other aspects of the iPhone's design.
  24. dannyyankou, Oct 22, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015

    dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    They're right

    Edit: And I'm as big a fanboy as anyone. MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, etc.

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