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Briefly: Apple steals iPhone?; Google/iCal sync

updated 03:55 am EST, Tue February 13, 2007

Apple takes iPhone idea?

Briefly: Apple is being accused of stealing the iPhone concept/idea from Korean manufacturer LG Electronics, after it unveiled its Prada prototype last September: LG's head of mobile handset Research and Development has said that the company believes that Apple copied the iPhone concept from LG's Prada phone, according to a new report. "We consider that Apple copycat [the] Prada phone after the design was unveiled when it was presented in the iF Design Award and won the prize in September 2006," said Mr. Woo-Young Kwak.... Developers continue to update the software used to sync Macs with Google's online calendering service: claiming the help of more than 10,000 beta testers, the developers have released Spanning Sync 1.0b14, another public beta of the software service that bidirectionally syncs Apple's iCal desktop calendar software with Google Calendar..

Nokia challenges Apple

While acknowledging that the iPhone would stimulate the cell phone market, Nokia's chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo challenged Apple to "turn mindshare into market share" when it launches the iPhone later this year and introduced new products that leverage high speed data connectivity to disincentivize customers from switching to the iPhone, which has a "cool factor" that is hard to match.

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by MacNN Staff




  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969


    seems likely.

    i'm sure Apple saw it in September and whipped up the copy-cat iPhone in 3 months time. give me a break.

    they probably weren't even planning on doing a phone until they saw the Prada.

    but once they saw it... they were busy busy beavers until they completed a working prototype with 200+ patents and a complete functioning OS as well as made deals with Cingular exclusivity and all that.


  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Don't forget that they were working with Cingular on this for 2 years.

    This is just silly.

  1. aaanorton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Copy cat

    This is tough talk from a company that gives it's phone the same name as an existing fashion design house.

  1. hokizpokis

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Perhaps instead what has happend here is LG wants to ride the AAPL wave with free publicity by this false claim... besides LG currently makes phones with lots of needless features that few will ever LG qualifies for an iPhone competitor....mostly because the Prada will be the iPhones first victim... watch how in just a few months time , the iPhone will eclipse the sales of all 'iphones' as well as add significiant margin to AAPLs' bottom line....who wants a geeky Prada fone that can't sync to a PC anyway??

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That'll be the day! Tell us LG does your phone run OSX? I didn't think so and if it does you're the one that will be in big trouble. Anything for a headline, what a fricken joke! Bah,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha....!!!!

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    LG phones suck…

    big time!

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Nokia already has a number of handsets with built-in MP3 players, which Apple hopes will be the chief selling point for the iPhone, added Kallasvuo."

    "Yes but they suck..." added Nokia's customers.

  1. jerryfrit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just like the movies....

    Reminds me of a Hollywood saying I heard years ago:

    Whenever Steven Spielberg releases a film, he gets sued by someone who says he/she really wrote it.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: copycat

    um, don't you think perhaps LG licensed the Prada trademark from Prada, and pays them a royalty on each phone sold?


  1. Robb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    LG is right!

    Apple routinely uses magic to create new products, rather than go through the time consuming process of R&D, coding, QA, etc. The iPhone was actually created a couple of days prior to MacWorld after Steve Jobs traveled forward in time to see what new features Samsung and Nokia were releasing later this year (similar to last year's WWDC, when Jobs copied features from Vista for OS X 10.5).

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