For as long as there have been Android phones, iPhone owners have accused phone makers of taking what Apple does and then morphing it into their own designs. The less charitable amongst them simply called the likes of Samsung out for good old-fashioned copying, and there was even a court case based around that fact.
We’re now over ten years down the line from the time the iPhone changed the phone world, but the phone world is still changing based on what the most recent iPhone looks like.
That has never been more apparent than when you take a look at a graphic that was put together by one Reddit user. That graphic first shows what phones looked like before the iPhone, and then what they looked like after its release. The similarities are, of course, impossible to ignore, but we all knew that. What about something a little more recent?
The graphic also takes what phones looked like before the iPhone X‘s release, and then again what they look like now. As you might have guessed, phone makers have now taken the iPhone X design and sought to mimic it as much as possible, even adding their own notch whether the technology inside requires it or not.
When all is said and done, looking like the latest and greatest iPhone is good for business.
None of this should really be a huge surprise to anyone who has been keeping a watchful eye on the phone industry over recent years, but it does manage to put the phone world into context; many companies seem to base their designs on Apple’s, rather than basing them on designs they came up with themselves.
Of course, there are only so many different ways you can stick a glass screen to a metal shell, so it’s arguable that even if the likes of Huawei and Oppo wanted to do something their own, it would still look eerily familiar.
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