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11-11-2012, 12:33 AM #1
Report Reveals Apple Paid $21 Million for Swiss Railway Clock Design
Apple's iOS 6 clock on the left and SBB clock design on the right
A recently released report claims that Apple paid roughly $21 million to license the iconic clock-face used in its most recent iOS 6 mobile operating system, which is a design made famous by the Swiss Federal Railway’s train station clocks.
For those of you who didn’t know, the original clock-face was designed by SBB employee Hans Hilfiker in 1944. The design was later recognized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the London Design Museum as an iconic example of 20th century design.
It was previously reported that the SBB found Apple’s use of the design objectionable and said the two companies would “talk about” reaching some sort of agreement. The Swiss rail service denied reports of demanding compensation and instead said it was proud that a company such as Apple chose to use the design. According to SBB spokeswoman Patricia Claivaz, "it's not just about exchanging money, rather drawing up a contract stating where the logo can be used, under what conditions and for how long.” Shortly after, it was announced that the two parties reached an agreement, though the terms of the deal were meant to be kept secret with the recent report ended up revealing the actual price paid.
It’s quite amazing to see how much value the icon itself has and how much Apple was willing to pay for it.
11-11-2012, 12:45 AM #2
Apple makes awesome products but I don't understand why they couldn't just come up with their own design and save 21 mil...
11-11-2012, 01:09 AM #3
Too much. Just change the design. I bet Ive could make one during his lunch break. At least it's one less court case...
11-11-2012, 03:38 AM #4
Are they using the actual same design now, technically? Like the weights of the lines etc. Or is it their interpretation of the Swiss design?
If its the actual Swiss design then I can see why they paid so much for it. It's a design classic, a piece of modern art, hence the price.
You could say why would someone pay millions for a painting when they can pay an artist a few hundred bucks to paint a copy?
11-11-2012, 04:10 AM #5
11-11-2012, 09:05 AM #6
It is a very elegant clock, although at the end of the day it's only pixels.,.
11-11-2012, 11:28 AM #7
Where is this used? I am looking at an iPhone 5 running iOS6 and it has a different clock face.
Anyways, what a waste. A 3rd grader could of come up with that. Why not just make the round ball on the sweep hand an Apple? Send me 21mil and I'll make you a sweet azz clock face for iOS 7...
Last edited by luvmytj; 11-11-2012 at 11:32 AM.
11-11-2012, 02:08 PM #8
After I restore from my backup, I still have the old classic clock I have a iPhone 5 on iOS 6.0.1 btw, anyone else has the same problem???
11-11-2012, 02:52 PM #9
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11-11-2012, 04:37 PM #12
Quite a bit of money for the clock! I feel it is tasteful however Apple could have did better!
11-11-2012, 04:48 PM #13
Still a bit of a waste in my opinion. I know they are worth billions and its like pennies to them. At the same time that's a lot of cash for a clock of all things.
11-11-2012, 08:27 PM #14
Way too much $$ for a clock design! You'd think Jony Ive could have come up with something pretty awesome instead of forking 21 mill over!
11-11-2012, 09:07 PM #15
I need to start making clock face designs...
11-12-2012, 06:37 AM #16
21 million could buy a lot of food for hungry people...
Last edited by kawasabi; 11-12-2012 at 06:39 AM.
11-12-2012, 02:46 PM #17
I'm sure Apple "Innovated" that clock face too huh? Cuz aren't they the maker of all things? Including shapes, obviously!
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11-14-2012, 12:03 PM #20
I’m figuring they would have been sued. 21 million was the settlement. Both parties win no court case., and Apple doesn’t look like a total douche for stealing a design when they are in lawsuits of their own for people copying their designs.