Samsung has been sued by Apple, in case you hadn’t heard, for shamelessly aping the design of the iPhone and iPad with their Android phones and tablets (and marketing). There are some pretty incredible side-by-side photos in the legal filings that make it pretty obviously true. Samsung, however, has found prior art for the design of the iPad, at least, in an unusual place: Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
There are so, so many ways in which this is very silly and very strange. I wouldn’t know where to begin. Thankfully, there’s a lot of coverage of this out there, and I think MG Siegler puts it best:
What’s still unclear is why, with such advanced knowledge, Samsung would not have created their killer tablet between 1968 and 2010. For some reason they had to wait until the iPad came out.