7 design features the tech industry has copied from Apple

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While Apple is sometimes accused of copying features from Android, there are plenty of instances in which other tech companies have released products that at least somewhat resemble Apple's.

This is especially true when it comes to the iPhone.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up an Apple iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco, Jan. 9, 2007. Apple Inc., on a tear with its popular iPod players and Macintosh computers, is expected to report strong quarterly results Wednesday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Jeff Gamet, from the Internet magazine The Mac Observer, looks at the new Apple iPhone at MacWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007. Apple Inc. is a tight ship when it comes to corporate secrets, regularly suing journalists and employees who leak data about upcoming products. Although few people outside of Apple's headquarters knew product specifications for the iPhone before its announcement, the device was widely anticipated. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
An advertisement for the upcoming iPhone is displayed in the Apple store in SoHo, Friday, June 22, 2007 in New York. The long anticipated gadget hits the market on June 29th. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)
A television journalist holds the Apple iPhone, the only one given to a journalist in Los Angeles before it went on sale, as he interviews people waiting to buy the iPhone outside the Apple store at The Grove in Los Angeles, Friday, June 29, 2007. After six months of hype, thousands of people Friday will get their hands on the iPhone, the new cell phone that Apple Inc. is banking on to become its third core business next to its moneymaking iPod players and Macintosh computers. Customers were camped out at Apple and AT&T stores across the nation. The gadget, which combines the functions of a cell phone, iPod media player and wireless Web browser, will go on sale in the United States at 6 p.m. in each time zone. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
A customer holds a demonstration Apple iPhone during the release of the Apple product and the opening of a new Apple Store at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday, June 29, 2007. More than 500 people waited in line. (AP Photo/David Crenshaw)
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs announces the new Apple iPhone 3G during the keynote speech at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 9, 2008. Jobs announced innovations to the Mac OS X Leopard operating system and an enhanced iPhone. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
An older Apple iPhone is shown next to an advertisement for the new iPhone 3G at an AT&T store in Palo Alto, Calif., Tuesday, July 8, 2008. To sustain the momentum of the original iPhone's success and keep fickle consumers and Wall Street happy, Apple Inc. needs a dramatic second act with the next generation of iPhones, which roll out Friday with faster Internet access and lower retail prices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
A shop worker holds the new Apple iPhone 3GS in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, June 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Apple CEO Steve Jobs smiles as he uses the new iPhone 4 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Monday, June 7, 2010, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Apple iPhone at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Monday, June 7, 2010 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, Chris Cioban, manager of the Verizon store in Beachwood, Ohio, holds up an Apple iPhone 4G. Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest cellphone company, announced Tuesday, June 12, 2012, that is dropping nearly all of its phone plans in favor of pricing schemes that encourage consumers to connect their non-phone devices, like tablets and PCs, to Verizon's network. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
Apple CEO Tim Cook during an introduction of the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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A customer examines a new iPhone 5s at the Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha, Neb., on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, the day the new iPhone 5c and 5s models go on sale. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new Apple Watch and iPhone 6 on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Two new iPhone 6 are photographed at the Apple store in the city centre of Munich, Germany, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. A large crowd had gathered in front of the Apple store ahead of the offical launch of Apple's new iPhone. (AP Photo, dpa,Peter Kneffel)
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Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2015. Apple unveiled its iPad Pro, saying the large-screen tablet has the power and capabilities to replace a laptop computer. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Here's a look at some of the design aspects gadget makers have copied from Apple over the years.

Huawei's new Android phone comes with a pressure sensitivity feature called Force Touch. Apple introduced a similar feature with the same name a year earlier with the Apple Watch.


Huawei's Force Touch allows the screen to detect different levels of pressure. This is similar to what Force Touch does in the Apple Watch and what 3D Touch does in the new iPhone 6S.

Gold smartphones became a fad after Apple released the iPhone 5S in gold back in 2013.

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Although Samsung has released gold versions of its phones long before 2013, the trend didn't really catch on until Apple added a new gold color option for the iPhone that year. After Apple unveiled the gold iPhone 5s, Samsung promoted its gold Galaxy S4, HTC released a gold model of the One M7, and a gold version of the LG G2 was spotted online.

Some new Samsung phones come with an all-glass back just like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

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Apple's newest iPhones are mostly made of metal, but back in the 2010-2011 time frame the company coated the back of its iPhones in glass. You'll notice this if you look at the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Samsung's latest phones, including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge, also feature similar glass back panels.

There are some Android phones that look a lot like the iPhone 6/6S. Lenovo's S90 Sisley, for example, has the same rounded metal edges and overall design as the iPhone 6.


The marketing materials Lenovo released for the phone looked a lot like Apple's, too.

Lightweight laptops with wedge-shaped, metal designs became popular after Apple released the MacBook Air in 2010.

Flickr/Alejandro Pinto

Companies such as HP, Asus, and others were accused of mimicking the MacBook Air by implementing the same lightweight metal wedge-shape design into their own notebooks. Leander Kahney at Cult of Mac rounded up a bunch of MacBook Air lookalikes he saw at CES in 2012.

Samsung's Gear S2 has circular app icons just like the Apple Watch.

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The Gear S2 is unique from most smartwatches in many ways, but the one area where it slightly resembles the Apple Watch is its app icons. The Gear S2's app icons look like small bubbles just like that of the Apple Watch.

Once Apple unveiled the iPad in 2010, other tech companies released slimmer tablets with thinner bezels.

SockRolid via MacRumors

Apple didn't invent the tablet, but it sure did influence its design. A graphic published by MacRumors forum user SockRolid back in 2010 perfectly summed up Apple's impact on the tablet industry, as shown above.

BONUS: One more thing...

Apple's late cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs was known for teasing new products with his famous "one more thing" tagline at the end of his keynotes. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently used the same line when the company unveiled a new fitness band alongside its Mi4 phone last July.

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