Apple won’t be suing HTC over the One A9’s blatant iPhone 6S-like design


HTC this week announced the One A9, and the design turned out to be a blatant copy of the iPhone 6/6S. HTC claims that it was actually Apple who copied the Taiwanese manufacturer, but Cupertino won’t be serving papers to HTC anytime soon either way.

Apple was quick to start the litigation process with Samsung over every little minuscule patent, but not HTC. And that’s because in 2012, HTC and Apple reached a deal where the Taiwanese company would pay Apple $6-$8 per Android device the manufacturer ships in return for the patent battles to stop.

The terms of the deal remain confidential to this day. The agreement was for 10 years, and we’re only three years into it so far. HTC China’s President Ray Yam said this in 2012:

“The settlement with Apple will start to pay off next year, and the fourth quarter of this year is still going at a set pace. The biggest benefit to us is that we can put more energy into innovation, which is more important than anything else for a technology company.”

In other words, we won’t be seeing any litigation over the One A9, unless HTC breaks some confidential term of the deal. And in the meantime, HTC continues to “innovate” with blatant copycat devices.

What’re your thoughts on the One A9?

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  • Marvin the paranoid android

    Remember the HTC Desire Eye that was released last year? Probably many people don’t.

    This move was designed to get attention. We will see if it translates into sales.

  • rocketryan

    Although it does look like an iPhone 6 on the back, an iPhone 6 looks alot like the HTC one on the back , I can’t imagine either company wants to waste years fighting over something that will be irrelevant by the time it’s settled. The author of this article needs to do a bit more homework before he opens his trap though.

    • Brad Ward

      Both companies would waste years fighting over something like that, just look at the absolute ridiculous Samsung cases. The only difference is that HTC doesn’t have the funds to go on a tirade like that.

      • rocketryan

        Probably why they signed a deal, just called a truce. The samsung battle does need to come to an end there only so much you can do with a rectangle with a glass screen after all.

  • Robert Nasiadek

    Seriously guys, A9’s back looks like flatter M7 ( with camera moved to the top. M7 came out before the similarly designed iPhone.

    To be honest the first time iPhone 6 came out I was under impression they took some design cues from M7, but no one really cared.

  • 84guy

    Apple fanboy writing for an android site? Lol apple stole the looks from from the m series htc devices

    • Brad Ward

      Not an Apple fanboy. I’m neutral on the issue, but I am a proponent of companies innovating and creating true competition in the market, not copying each other. :)

      • BeMoGamer

        You are going to have to try much better then that Brad. you’re sitting up here saying its a blatant copy when HTC’s was first to use the antenna lines. Apple copied that but your biased Apple loving self sure didn’t mention that.

      • Drajneanu Gelu

        iPhone 6 is a mix between M7 and Desire 816 and both HTC phones were released before iPhone 6(don’t forget that Apple changed the design line of their phones starting with iPhone 6, not HTC, but ignorants can’t see). Just put M7 near Desire 816 and A9 and iPhone 5 near iPhne 5s and iPhone 6 and tell us who copied who?

  • Jimmy Hauser

    The only part of my phone I look at is the screen. Why anyone cares what the rest of the phone looks like or is comprised of continues to baffle me. These are hand held computers, not fashion handbags.

    • spg210

      I’m sure there are things you care about that baffle other people. But you keep on caring about those things right? Exactly.

  • Eric Chen

    The original back band design started with htc in 2013 with the m7. Just because it’s metal and thin doesn’t mean its a blatant copy of iPhone.

    Or htc is getting back at apple for copying the band design.

    • Ruben Silin

      Agree. I owned the HTC One M7 and see how apple copied it.

  • sguyx

    please apple, on next time copy/steal the camera placing! i hate to take photos of my fingers by iphone!

  • 程肯

    Besides HTC is a bit of an afterthought at this point.

  • Eric Chen

    A copy for a copy. No one cared when apple copied htc. Idk, maybe htc hated how successful apple was with htc band design and decided to pay back so apple shouldn’t really have any beef with htc.

    “Good artists copy; great artists steal”

    -Steve Jobs

  • Skyler Enola

    Apparently this talkandroid author is an iPhone fanboy, saying HTC copies Apple with full knowledge of the fact that Apple took HTC design as their own and yet asking for royalty from HTC with ridiculous patents.