Apple has paid the Swiss Federal Railways service $21 million to license the clock design Apple is said to have ripped off in iOS 6.
The controversy and subsequent licensing by Apple stems from a complaint the Swiss Federal Railways service (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen or SBB) fired off in September.
The SBB Argued then that Apple copied its iconic clock design – a clock face which can be seen in Swiss train stations since 1944 – without permission for the iOS 6 mobile operating system.
According to a report from the Agence France-Presse, Swiss publication Tages-Anzeiger reported on Saturday that Apple paid 20 million Swiss Francs (US $21 million or 17 million Euros) as a lump sum payment to compensate the SBB for their design.
Furthermore, the lump sum payment ensures that Apple can continue using the clock face in its products, the Swiss publication says, basing on information given by unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
When contacted by the AFP, the SBB said that they are looking forward to discussing why the iPhone-maker began to use the clock face for iOS 6 without seeking permission from the Swiss government agency.
“She said at the time that SBB was more interested in bringing clarity to where and how Apple could use the logo than in raking in cash,” the AFP reports.
Below follow pictures of the iOS 6 clock and the SBB clock face.