Apple Licenses Iconic Swiss Clock Design For iPad’s Clock App

BY Rounak Jain

Published 12 Oct 2012

Last month, Apple was accused of copying Swiss Federal Railways’ iconic clock design in its newly released Clock app for the iPad as a part of the iOS 6 update, as per a Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger

The clock, designed in 1944, is copyrighted and trademarked by the Swiss Federal Railways, which is why it was planning to take legal action against Apple. 

The Swiss design sense is known to be one of best in the world, with the best testament being Helvetica, a typeface developed by a Swiss designer which is used in all iOS devices. Apple, of course, is known to have an eye for great design, which, coupled with its love for skeuomorphic interfaces, indicated that the  Swiss Federal Railways’ accusations were true.

Here’s a comparison of the iPad Clock app and the Swiss railway clock:


The Verge now reports that according to the press release from the railway service, Apple has signed a license agreement to use the iconic Swiss Clock Design for iPad’s Clock app in iOS 6.

The terms and the tenure of the licensing agreement have not been disclosed.