If this calculator looks awfully familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve used it before. Probably not this exact physical calculator, but the lookalike Calculator app on iPhone or iPod touch. As the late Steve Jobs once said, “good artists copy, great artists steal.” Very much true. Apple’s original Calculator.app was inspired by the Braun ET66 calculator, which now has a replica model that has been re-released. Touché.
This isn’t the first time that Apple has been “inspired” by a popular object in real life. Most recently, Apple was forced to settle with the Swiss Railway for using its iconic clock design in the Clock app for iPad. The two parties eventually reached an agreement that has Apple license the famous clock from Swiss Railways. Hopefully these incidents will be few and far between when iOS 7 arrives with less skeuomorphism.