As a public service, we present Apple's handy guide to not infringing the iPad or iPhone with your tablet PC or smartphone (Hat tip to ITworld.com):
"For the iPhone design, alternative smartphone designs include: front surfaces that are not black or clear; front surfaces that are not rectangular, not flat, and without rounded corners; display screens that are more square than rectangular or not rectangular at all; display screens that are not centered on the front surface of the phone and that have substantial lateral borders; speaker openings that are not horizontal slots with rounded ends and that are not centered above the display screen; front surfaces that contain substantial adornment; and phones without bezels at all or very different looking bezels that are not thin, uniform, and with an inwardly sloping profile.
"[A]lternate tablet computer designs include: overall shapes that are not rectangular with four flat sides or that do not have four rounded corners; front surfaces that are not completely flat or clear and that have substantial adornment; thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface; and profiles that are not thin relative to the D’889 or that have a cluttered appearance."
These helpful hints come from the public redacted version of a legal brief Apple filed as part of its litigation against Samsung.
So smartphone manufacturers, now you know how not to get sued by Apple!
Nice job on the Steve Jobs article. I just finished the book. He was a difficult person who was driven by a single purposed passion. People who impact the world in the way Jobs impacted the world don't come along very often.
I mean, Apple's description seems to cover pretty much everything, doesn't it? Basically, if you're not marketing a round, pink, asymmetrical rotary phone, then it appears you're pretty much fair game.