Rumor or Fact: New iPod Nano Copies Old OPPO MP4?

Just as each i-device from Apple makes waves, iPod Nano also may lead to a new patent battle wave after its release. Some say the new iPod Nano somehow looks like Nokia Lumia Smartphone or the Samsung MP3 player. With some seemingly solid and visible evidence, more people tend to suspect that iPod Nano has copied an old version S33 of OPPO MP4 player.

iPod Nano and OPPO S33-patent

Just as shown in the above picture, the newly-released iPod Nano is designed in a thinner body and with a 2.5 inch display screen. The upper one is an MP4 player S33 from OPPO launched in 2009 while the other one turns to be the newest iPod Nano which was just introduced lately. From the images, obvious similarities cannot be ignored: they are both designed in rectangular design with the home button at the central bottom and a built-in accelerometer.

Actually, OPPO S33 has successfully applied for the appearance patent for its product of this version back to 3 years ago. It’s still unknown if OPPO will sue Apple or not. Is this a fact or just a rumor?

Background information:
OPPO-OPPO Electronics Corp., Ltd is an electronics manufacturer based in Dongguan, Guangdong, China. Its major product lines include MP3 players, Portable Media players, LCD-TV, eBook, DVD/Blu-ray Disc players and low cost mobile phones. (From Wikipedia)

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