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Inspired by, or copied?

Are Samsung's designs simply inspired by Apple's iPhone aesthetics, or, as Apple claims, copy infringement to the tune of $2.5 billion. Judge for yourself by perusing the images submitted to the court in the patent trial between these two companies, which started this week.

In these design renderings, we can see the evolution of the Apple aesthetic, as well as the early sketches for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. The first set of images here are of iPhone designs; iPad images start at slide 15 and iPod images at slide 22.

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An early iPhone prototype

This early iPhone prototype has angled corners rather than the smooth rounded edges, which eventually went into production.

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Early iPhone prototype

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Samsung's pre-iPhone designs

Slides entered into evidence by Samsung during the trial include work ups of phones that Samsung says had been created prior to the release of the iPhone.

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Samsung's pre-iPhone designs

Slides entered into evidence by Samsung during the trial include work ups of phones that Samsung says had been created prior to the release of the iPhone.

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Early iPhone designs, codenamed 'Purple'

Early version of a design for Apple's phone, known then only as "Purple."

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Early iPhone design sketches

Another view of "Purple."

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Early iPhone design sketches

"Purple."

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Early iPhone design sketches

This sketch shows an early versions of design for Apple's phone. The file names referred to the "M68 Phone."

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Early iPhone design sketches

Early version of design for Apple's phone, known then only as "M68."

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Early iPhone Autodesk design sketches

Early version of design for Apple's phone, known then only as "Purple."

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Early sketches of the 'M68 Phone'

Early version of design for Apple's phone. The file names referred to the "M68 Phone."

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Early sketches of the 'M68 Phone'

Early version of design for Apple's phone.

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Early sketches of 'M68 Phone'

Early version of design for Apple's phone. The file names referred to the "M68 Phone."

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iPad design sketches

Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004." It would eventually become known as the iPad.

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iPad design sketches

Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004." It would eventually become known as the iPad.

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iPad design sketches

Another working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004." It would eventually become known as the iPad.

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iPad design sketches

Another working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004." It would eventually become known as the iPad.

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iPad design sketches

Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004."

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iPad design sketches

Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004."

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iPad design sketches

Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004."

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Early iPod prototype

An early prototype of Apple's iPod music player.

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iPod design sketches

File name on this iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."

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iPod design sketches

File name on this iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."

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iPod design sketches

File name on this iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."

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iPod design sketches

File name on this iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."

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iPod design sketches

File name on these iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."

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