In his keynote “here’s the iPhone 4!” speech, Steve Jobs compared the phone to a Leica camera – a German camera which became a design icon of the 20th century.
“This is beyond the doubt, the most precise thing, and one of the most beautiful we’ve ever made.” Engadget reported him as saying. “Glass on the front and back, and steel around the sides. It’s like a beautiful old Leica camera.”
Flipping through pictures of the old Leicas, it actually hurts to see just how beautiful some of them are. So just how much like an old Leica camera is the new iPhone? We’ve done a quick gallery of the similarities.
That Silver Band
Leicas used silver banding to nice effect – check out the VisioFlex II (1960)’s case work. Pretty nice eh. The iPhones don’t have levers like this Leica does, though that’s probably a good thing.