Apple’s facing criticism again this morning on reports it has been filing patents including artwork that appears identical to existing apps from third party developers.

Sure, as Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster software can attest, that Apple sometimes eats its young is no great surprise, but with the firm facing opposition at all sides as the smartphone wars intensify, surely annoying its precious developer community lacks foresight?  

Not really…

As the image above, Apple’s patent includes artwork describing a ‘Where to?’ app — the image on the left is Apple’s, the one on the right is the app which is already available via the App Store. And not made by Apple. Tsk-tsk.

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