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An early iPhone prototype

Early iPhone prototype

Samsung's pre-iPhone designs

Samsung's pre-iPhone designs

Early iPhone designs, codenamed 'Purple'

Early iPhone design sketches

Early iPhone design sketches

Early iPhone design sketches

Early iPhone design sketches

Early iPhone Autodesk design sketches

Early sketches of the 'M68 Phone'

Early sketches of the 'M68 Phone'

Early sketches of 'M68 Phone'

iPad design sketches

iPad design sketches

iPad design sketches

iPad design sketches

iPad design sketches

iPad design sketches

iPad design sketches

Early iPod prototype

iPod design sketches

iPod design sketches

iPod design sketches

iPod design sketches

iPod design sketches

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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This early iPhone prototype has angled corners rather than the smooth rounded edges, which eventually went into production.
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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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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 version of a design for Apple's phone, known then only as "Purple."
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Another view of "Purple."
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"Purple."
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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 version of design for Apple's phone, known then only as "M68."
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Early version of design for Apple's phone, known then only as "Purple."
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Early version of design for Apple's phone. The file names referred to the "M68 Phone."
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Early version of design for Apple's phone.
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Early version of design for Apple's phone. The file names referred to the "M68 Phone."
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Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004." It would eventually become known as the iPad.
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Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004." It would eventually become known as the iPad.
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Another working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004." It would eventually become known as the iPad.
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Another working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004." It would eventually become known as the iPad.
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Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004."
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Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004."
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Working sketch of Apple's tablet dated "pre 2004."
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An early prototype of Apple's iPod music player.
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File name on this iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."
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File name on this iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."
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File name on this iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."
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File name on this iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."
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File name on these iPod design sketch refers to the device as "M68 - Pebble."
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