By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 13, 2012 01:12 PM EDT
Apple has officially reached a licensing deal with Swiss Federal Railway Station (SBB) to continue using the iconic station clock's design for the iOS 6 Clock app.
The clock design SBB uses was created in 1944 by Hans Hilfiker, and the Swiss Federal Railway now owns the trademark.
Financial terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed, but the SBB confirmed that Apple signed a deal that would allow it to continue using the clock icon on its iPhone and iPad.
After Apple launched its new iOS 6 on Sept. 19, the SBB told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper in an interview that the new clock icon within iOS 6 in the iPad was in violation of the railway's clock trademark.
The SBB licenses the design to companies such as Mondaine, but told the newspaper that Apple had not secured such a licensing agreement. The SBB added at the time that it would reach out to Apple regarding this issue. Now, it seems that the licensing problem has been resolved.
"The parties have negotiated an arrangement that enables Apple to use the SBB station clock under a license agreement. The parties have agreed that the amount of the licensing fee and any further details of the licensing agreement will remain confidential," said the SBB. "The SBB station clock was designed for the company in 1944 by the engineer and designer Hand Hilfiker. It is a design icon that has obviously lost none of its appeal in the digital age. A special feature of the clockface is its striking red second hand in the shape of a railway guard's signaling disc. Even now it symbolizes the innovation and reliability that are key qualities attributed to both SBB and Switzerland as a whole."
The iOS 6 clock icon, however is just one of the several issues Apple's new mobile operating system has faced. The most high-profile issue was with the Apple Maps app fiasco, which many criticized for being inaccurate and far less detailed than the previous iOS maps app based on Google data. Apple CEO Tim Cook eventually apologized for the company's Maps product and even suggested that users turn to rival apps until Apple fixes its issues.
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