This could be the iPhone/Android argument of the year. Did HTC copy Apple’s design for the One A9, or did Apple copy HTC? One HTC exec says it’s the latter.
But first: there are many, many ways to look at it, one can look at HTC’s varying designs from the One M7 with exposed antenna bands to the more rounded and flat Desire 816, and conclude that HTC came to the A9 design on its own. Or, one might say Apple copied the M7 antenna lines on the iPhone 6. Or maybe Apple copied HTC for the antennas and then Apple copied HTC on the body design.
HTC’s president of North Asia Jack Tong thinks it’s a combination. “We’re not copying,” he said recently, according to WantChinaTimes. “It’s Apple that copies us in terms of the antenna design on the back,” Tony added, referring to the One M7 design introduced two years ago. The A9 is made thinner and more lightweight than our previous metal-clad phones. This is a change and evolution, and we’re not copying.”
Apple hasn’t responded to the phone’s official unveil yet, and it might not. But the company did take Samsung to court for allegedly copying the iPhone on designs that weren’t as similar. HTC might have a tough fight ahead if this ends up in court.