Apple licenses icon Swiss national railway clock for iPad app

Apple has come to an agreement with the Swiss national railway to license their iconic, minimalist white, black, and red design for the iOS 6 Clock app for iPad, according to a press release issued by the SBB (translated by Google):

For the use of the SBB station clock on devices like iPad and iPhone, the Swiss Federal Railways SBB and Apple have agreed and signed a license agreement. The parties have agreed to give the amount of the license fee as well as other details about the Convention any further information.

The Railway station clock was built in 1944 by engineer and designer Hans Hilfiker designed for SBB. It is a design icon, obvious matters in the digital age well. Special feature of the so-called "scoop dial" is the striking red second hand, which has the form of a signal trowel. To date, she is a symbol of innovation and reliability is an important identifying feature of the SBB and Switzerland represents

The iPad interface for the Clock app, which was released in beta back in June and publicly September, initially didn't appear to have the SBB's blessing, much less legal permission. That's nothing new for Apple, who went ahead with the iPhone name before securing rights from Cisco, and the iPad name, which took months and months of legal wrangling to resolve.

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Source: via The Verge