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Apple's Swiped Swiss Clock Design Cost $US21 Million

Not long after the launch of iOS 6, it came to the internet’s attention that Apple’s clock design was rather familiar. In fact, it had been lifted straight from the Swiss National Railway. Apple agreed to pay up, but it wasn’t clear how much at the time. Now we know it was a whopping $US21 million. Does that make it the most expensive clock on Earth?

The number came out in a Swiss publication, but the actual terms of the settlement are still in the dark. 9to5Mac points out this equates roughly to a 10 cent take on each of the 210 million iOS 6 devices, though there’s no way to tell if that’s how they came to the number.

The Swiss National Railroad hasn’t express much anger about having their iconic design used, but who wouldn’t want to get theirs, flattered or otherwise? It’s not like Apple didn’t have the extra scratch. [Tagesanzeiger via 9to5Mac]

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