An image recently leaked of what if purported to be the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone-
Within minutes, Twitter was full of comments like the following-
“That reminds me of something else…”
“That looks like an Android phone which all look like the iPhone…”
And so it went on.
Does anyone remember the Palm T5 or LifeDrive? They were full-screen PDAs that were rectangular and which had curved corners. The Loox? And a variety of other early PDAs that look somewhat similar to the iPhone, which arrived after them.
Apple did not invent the smartphone. Palm was the first to create a smartphone that captured the imaginations of millions of people. To be fair to Apple, the original iPhone really did change everything and inspire much improvement in the ease of use department from HTC, Samsung and the rest, but that does not mean that every new smartphone is copying the iPhone.
A rectangle with a big screen and curved corners is the natural shape for a modern-day smartphone. You cannot get away from that and for the foreseeable future that is the form they will take. Apple didn’t invent the rectangle either.