Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 8:53 PM —
Today Apple announced its new iPhone and iPod lineup for the holiday season. Pretty much everyone knew what to expect from the company's latest smartphone, but that wasn't so with the new iPods which appeared to come out of the blue.
However, as we saw the device announcements come in we noticed something a little peculiar. Is it just us, or does Apple's new iPod Nano look a lot like a Nokia Lumia 800 or 900? Granted, the one thing you need to remember that it is indeed nano, because it only has a 2.5-inch touch display and thus this may not be a fair comparison. Still though, we found the resemblance a little shocking.
The new iPod Touch redesign (pictured) that Apple introduced also takes a few cues from Nokia's iconic Windows Phones, although there's a lot less to complain about there. Really the only thing you could compare between the devices is the color choice, which Apple has widely expanded upon. In fact, if you pay attention the device colors are a CMYK arrangement — Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black and White — which was the some color guidelines Nokia took to heart when designing the Lumia devices (and even the N9 once upon a time). Beyond the colors though, the new iPod Touch stands apart for its 4-inch Retina Display and razor thin 6.1 mm depth (almost half the thickness of the Lumia 900).
Is there really a case to accuse Apply of copying Nokia here? Not really, but the similarities imply that Apple knows how to spot a trend. If the new iPhone 5 came in these colors we might be more up in arms, but in the end these devices aren't competitors to the high-end Lumia series.
Check out one more image of the iPod Nano for comparison after the break.