Soon after iOS6 gave our iPads the Clock app, the Swiss Federal Railway said that Apple copied the design of the iconic Swiss Railway Clock (SBB). If you compare the design of Apple’s World Clock feature on iOS with SBB’s, there is no denying that the two look indistinguishable.
There must have been an oversight on Apple’s end to have missed the fact that their design was copied from the Swiss company. When it was first discovered, Apple’s Switzerland headquarters laid blame on the Cupertino office.
Today, Schweizerischen Bundesbahnen (SBB) posted a statement that the two have come to a licensing agreement. “For the use of the SBB clock on devices like iPad and iPhone, the Swiss Federal Railways SBB and Apple have agreed and signed a license agreement.”
According to the statement, the Railway station clock was built in 1944 by Hans Hikfiker for the SBB. The special, “scoop dial” feature of the iconic red second hand represents a signal trowel and is a “symbol of innovation and reliability that is an important identifying feature of the SBB and Switzerland.”
There is no information as to what the licensing agreement entails.