Even some of iconic PC maker Hewlett-Packard's
When asked about the obvious resemblance and the potential legal implications, HP VP of industrial design Stacy Wolff replied:
I would go back to the TC1000 [tablet PC] from about 10 years, and that's a tablet. I think if you look at the new Spectre XT, there are similarities in a way, not due to Apple but due to the way technologies developed. Apple may like to think that they own silver, but they don't. In no way did HP try to mimic Apple. In life there are a lot of similarities.
So naturally, the similarities are just a kooky coincidence.
Well, here's Samsung's VP of design Lee Minhyouk with a similar acknowledgement of the serendipity, responding to criticism over the Galaxy smartphone lineup a few months ago.
As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. [The Galaxy] is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it. It's a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused. I've made thousands of sketches and hundreds of prototype products [for the Galaxy]. Does that mean I was putting on a mock show for so long, pretending to be designing?
There you have it. It's all just a big misunderstanding, and everyone's design philosophy is just naturally converging, so some similarities are inevitable. That's just life. C'est la vie. Case closed.
Sources: HP, Apple. HP Spectre XT (top) vs. Apple MacBook Air (bottom).
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