• Sony inspired iPhone

1. Sony inspired iPhone

Prior to trial proceedings, Samsung revealed that Apple industrial designer Shin Nishibori was instructed to look at an iPhone prototype inspired by Sony design elements and this what he came up with back in 2006. Interestingly the design factor looks very iPhone 4-esque and also has the words ‘Jony’ inscribed in the back which is likely to be related to a certain Jony Ive.

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Struggling to keep track of the current Apple vs Samsung trial patent lawsuit? Here's the prototype pictures that are becoming crucial to the court proceedings

It's fast becoming the tech equivalent of EastEnders as Apple and Samsung finally entered the courtroom to try to resolve what has become a bitter dispute over patents and intellectual property concerning tablets and smartphones launched by both companies.

Amidst the testimony and documents set to be crucial to who wins one of the biggest court cases in tech history, over 40 prototypes and drawings have also been unearthed to give us a glimpse at the type of design process that Samsung and Apple go through.

We've sifted through the pictures and designs to pick out those that offer an intriguing look into the development of some of the biggest products available today and also shape some of the most crucial points of the case so far.

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