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Apple has agreed that its borrowing of the design of the clock app in iOS 6 from Swiss Federal Railways was undeniably offensive. Apple has agreed to license the use of the clock, right on time.

Apple may be willing to spend millions in court over some copyright fights, but it has learned the lessons of history and has decided not to mess with the Swiss.

Last month, Switzerland’s railway operator SBB took Cupertino to task for stealing the design of its clock for iOS 6’s Clock app. Now the world’s favorite fondleslab manufacturer has agreed to pay up and license the design from SBB, rather than risk the wrath of the Swiss railways.

“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,” said SBB in a statement. No terms of the deal were announced, showing traditional Swiss reserve on matters of money.


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