Samsung copied the iPhone and simply put a bigger screen around it, Apple executive says

Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal shared a documentary about the evolution of the iPhone ahead of the device's 15th anniversary on June 29.

The documentary features an interview with Apple's marketing chief Greg Joswiak, iPhone co-creator Tony Fadell, and a family of iPhone users.

In one segment, the interviewee discusses how Android smartphones gained larger displays years before the iPhone.

Joswiak acknowledged Samsung and other Android smartphone makers were 'annoying' at the time, accusing them of poorly copying Apple's technology.

'They were annoying,' Joswiak said. It's annoying because they ripped off our technology.

They took the innovations we created and created a poor copy of it, and then just enlarged the screen around it. So, yeah, we weren't too happy.'

In early 2013, Samsung released the Galaxy S4 with a 5-inch display at a time when the iPhone 5 had a 4-inch display.

When Apple released the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in 2014  the devices were met with strong demand and became among the best-selling iPhone models ever.

Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung in 2011 claiming that Samsung copied the iPhone's design with its Galaxy line of smartphones.

Apple was initially awarded around $1 billion in damages, but that amount was lowered as a result of a subsequent retrial. In 2018, Apple settled with Samsung and reiterated the following statement

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