SBB are angry. Apple had apparently not considered necessary to ask the train operator’s permission. “We’re trying to contact Apple in touch to control the unauthorized use of financial and legal”, SBB spokesman Reto Kormann says on request of Blick.ch.
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The design of the clock face created in 1944 was originally a copyright and trademark of engineer Hans Hilfiker, but these days watch maker Mondaine licenses the design and is considering legal action. Blick.ch was able to confirm Mondaine’s intentions to go after Apple with Mondaine Group CEO André Bernheim.
There isn’t much arguing that Apple’s new clocks app, pictured above, resembles the classic design. Apple has not yet responded to the reports.