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Rounded Corners - Mechanical Engineers Point of View
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, August 12 2012 @ 08:17 PM EDT
Apple claims what it can because the law (and society) lets it.

Many years ago there was a court case in Melbourne Australia where a speeding
driver got off because the legislation defined speed signs as rectangles or
squares. The legal argument was that if you rounded the corners for safety
reasons, the signs were no longer rectangle or square and thus not legal signs.
Not sure what happened on appeal.

Just saying that this highlights that in law, issues can become absurdly twisted
whereas the average Joe would consider it more simply and move on, not going
down such a twisted path. Seems money corrupts.

It seems that in law, small steps are taken where the law itself changes a
little as it travels along it's legal path. It can end up corrupting what the
original legislators may have intended;, yet judges don't write he law. I guess
that you see this clearly in the USA where the constitution is being slowly
eroded over time and through small steps each justifying themselves (but the
path has taken them to a place other than where the constitution intended).

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Beats me.
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, August 12 2012 @ 08:56 PM EDT
The argument should fall of it's own weight. Laughed out of court would be my
preference.

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Squared Corners - Just Zero Radius Rounding
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, August 12 2012 @ 11:27 PM EDT
Even if the competitors had sharp corners, Apple would be
trying to put them out of business. After all, a tap is a zero
length swipe. ...Isn't it?

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Rounded Corners - Mechanical Engineers Point of View
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 09:49 AM EDT
For another argument, it's pretty hard to stamp a piece of metal with perfectly
square corners. It would either have to be milled or cast that way. So, the
least expensive way to make a rectangular device with some space inside it is
with rounded corners. This alone would imply that rounded corners are
functional. Admittedly, the radius can be fairly small, but not 0.

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Rounded Corners - Mechanical Engineers Point of View
Authored by: hAckz0r on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 10:40 AM EDT
Stone tablets had rounded corners, and even had a touch interface for those who are visually impaired. Unfortunately that tablets graphics driver is a little too slow for the current market place, so enter the iPhone/iPad. Obviously Apples patented IP is just an improvement of a previous product! Mr. Jobs is apparently just "borrowing" from some previous tried and true successful products, so is Samsung.

Now we can argue about how successful stone tablets were for passing messages amongst its users, but one thing I am certain of is that Mr. Jobs knew of their existence when he first designed the iPhone. </sarcasm>

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