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- In a new documentary, Apple slams Samsung.
- The manager accused Samsung of copying the original iPhone and installing a larger screen on it.
- Samsung’s market success eventually led to Apple launching the larger-screen iPhones.
Unfortunately, the long battle between Android and iOS continues, even if it is perhaps getting very old. Although the so-called Android “fanboys” are struggling with too many bugs, Apple is certainly not blameless in this struggle.
If: today, Wall Street Journal Release of a short documentary behind 15 years iPhone (h/t MacRumors) In the documentary, an Apple slammed Samsung for “ripping off” the iPhone.
You can watch the 21-minute documentary for yourself here. However, the main criticism from Apple’s marketing chief Greg Joswiak lies below. The statement was made by Joswiak when asked how Samsung’s competing products influenced Apple in the early days of the iPhone.
[Samsung was] aggravating. And they were upset because, as you know, they sabotaged our technology. They took the innovations we had made, made a bad copy of them and just put a big screen around them. So yeah, we weren’t very happy.
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Joswiak is likely referring to the early Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones. Although the phones’ overall design differed from the iPhones, they still had a physical home button on the bottom and a display above. Obviously, that’s all you need to do to rip iPhone.
Bizarrely, Joswiak claims that Samsung “had a big screen laying around” and that its “bad copy” products had a massive impact on Samsung’s entire smartphone market. During Steve Jobs’ lifetime, he publicly denounced the idea of the big smartphone, while Samsung has proven that most consumers want it. If you fast forward to today, you will find a market full of huge phones. Some of Apple’s most popular iPhones in history were the first with large displays (the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus). It’s almost as if iPhone buyers are patiently waiting for an opportunity to get the bigger phone.
Apple also attempted to return to the smaller display with the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini. Both models have been the best-selling iPhones of the past two years, and rumors have suggested Apple will be ditching the Mini line altogether this year. In its place, Apple will likely – you guessed it – launch a larger version of the vanilla iPhone 14.
One begins to wonder what the smartphone market would have been like today if Apple hadn’t seen how Samsung was innovating in this space. But it’s clear that some Apple executives don’t want to surprise.