You don’t need perfect vision to see that HTC’s latest smartphone, the One A9, is nearly identical to Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6s. But the Taiwan-based company swears Apple copied its design first, not the other way around, pointing to its One M7 and M8 flagships as proof — both came out before the iPhone 6 series. According to Want ChinaTimes, during a recent press briefing in Taiwan, HTC’s North Asia President Jack Tong responded to claims calling the A9 an iPhone clone. “We’re not copying. We made a unibody metal-clad phone in 2013 [the year the M7 was released],” he said. “It’s Apple that copies us in terms of the antenna design on the back.”
Although Tong does have a point, since Apple didn’t adopt the outlined, rear-facing antenna look until the iPhone 6, there’s no denying the A9 borrowed almost every other design aspect from iPhone 6 and 6s’ design. Apple hasn’t said anything about the matter yet, and let’s hope it stays that way. Because the world doesn’t need another legal kerfuffle between two major tech firms — Apple vs. Samsung, anyone?