“Apple claims otherwise: the latest documents have revealed prototype ‘Purple,’ a concept device that bears all of the hallmarks of the iPhone while predating the ‘Jony’ concept that suggested Sony’s ethos had heavy influence in Apple’s internal brainstorming sessions,” Oliver reports. “‘Purple’ dates back to August 2005 — months before the Jony prototype was originally designed.”
Oliver reports, “According to the documents, Shin Nishibori’s Sony-style touches were simply “an ‘enjoyable’ side project,” embellishments on a concept Apple had already designed. The documents contend that Purple remained free of the alleged Sony inspirations, ultimately giving birth to the iPhone in 2006 (and looking decidedly like the iPhone 4)… Judge Lucy Koh has now issued an order that Samsung will not be permitted to present evidence during the trial on the Sony-inspired designs for the iPhone.”
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