Apple is known for making bold moves which instant results in the internet making fun of the company. In fact, many companies also get in on the action but make fun of the Cupertino giant whenever Apple decides to do something “out of the box” if you know what we mean. There have been plenty of times Apple’s main competitors have tried to get an upper hand by poking fun but later follow the same exact footsteps later on. 

1. Samsung 

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The South-Korean giant has always been at the forefront when it comes to taking a jab at Apple and later adopting the same strategy. It all started with Samsung making fun of Apple for removing the headphone jack but later adopted the same design for the Galaxy Note 9. Apple removed the headphone jack for better water resistance however was met with quite a bit of backlash online for making that move. Today, almost every smartphone company makes a flagship phone that doesn’t come with a headphone jack. 

Most recently, Samsung also took a jibe at Apple for removing the charger from the box. Mere months later it seems Samsung will also be doing the same with the Galaxy S21 Series set to launch later this week. 

2. Huawei 

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Huawei has been notorious for lifting quite a few features and design aspects from iPhones and it seems like that isn’t going to stop anytime soon. Huawei also recently confirmed that the company might remove the charger from the box of some of its phones. The company was recently found asking customers if they thought it was necessary to bundle the Type-C charging cable with their products. Apple did the same before removing the charger from the box of the iPhone 12 however in Huawei’s case it could be slightly more controversial. Unlike Apple and Samsung, Huawei smartphones use their own proprietary fast-charging method and do not use the universal PD protocol. 

Huawei also wasted no time in copying the iPhone 12’s design a few weeks after Apple’s launch. Huawei launched the Nova 8 SE that literally lifted all the design aspects of the iPhone 12 including the throwback squared-off design. 

3. Xiaomi 

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 It seems like there is a recurring theme here when it comes to copying Apple’s “out of the box” choices. Xiaomi recently launched the Mi 11 which also doesn’t come with a charger in the box. In fact, Xiaomi poked fun at the iPhone 12 with a tweet promoting the Mi 10T Pro. The Tweet said, “Don’t worry, we didn’t leave anything out of the box with the Mi 10T Pro.” However, fast forward a few months and one can see why that tweet didn’t age well. 

Xiaomi has also been known for lifting quite a few designs from Apple for various products. The most notable being Mi Laptops that sell in China. Xiaomi has also copied designs for other products such as the iPhone, Routers, Magic Trackpad, AirPods, Promotion material, Apple TV just to name a few. The Chinese company has gotten better over the years with original designs for many of its products 

4. Notches Everywhere 

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Soon after the launch of the iPhone X, almost every smartphone company had a product that featured a notch. However, what baffled us the most was that Apple’s notch design serves a purpose i.e. proper facial recognition using infrared sensors. However, most smartphone companies did not implement a similar method of facial recognition and instead used the notch design for the heck of it. Samsung posted a notorious ad for mocking the notch design on the iPhone X and adopted the same design a year later with the Galaxy M series. 

5. AirPods 

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Apple’s AirPods have been dominating the true wireless market ever since it launched alongside the iPhone 7. However, many companies copied the design by Apple soon after to get a slice of the market. Realme launched the Realme Buds Air in 2019 that looked almost identical to Apple’s AirPods. In fact, if you placed each of the earbuds next to each other, it would be very hard to determine which one was the original. Xiaomi also copied the design for its AirDots Pro which looked awfully similar to the AirPods with slight design changes. 

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