Originally Posted by Mazda 3s
Hyperbole much? These two look NOTHING
well, it's not like one's a dead ringer of the other ...
If you take the time to actually LOOK at the two faces, numerous differences in detail can be seen. Most people see at a basic, symbolic, level. For them, both faces have a white background, heavy ticks for hours and light ticks for minutes. Both hour hands are shorter than the minute hands and the seconds hands are thin and red with a round head on them. To a symbolic see-r both faces are therefore the same. BUT, in the Apple face, all the heavy black lines are the same width: hour ticks, hour and minute hands. When minute and hour hands overlap, you momentarily see only the minute hand. All three hands have the same length from center on their short ends. The diameter of the red dot at the center point of the second hand is the same dimension as the width of the hour and minute hands, which creates visually weak points on the hands at the center point. In the original face, the hour and minute hands are tapered, adding weight at the center, where it is expected based on subliminal knowledge of how natural objects are formed. The hour ticks are narrower than the minute hand, which is in turn narrower than the hour hand. If you squint and blur the images, the hour hand is the most prominent object in the composition due to its weight and contrast with the white background, the minute hand is next most prominent, followed closely by the hour tick marks. I would say the second hand is next, about equal with the second tick marks, but it could be argued that it's color makes it the only member of the second of two groups, namely; Group 1: Things that are black, and Group 2: Things that are red. Making it possible for people to visually process the black things and the red things simultaneously and easily choose which one to focus on. I would say the single most prominent similarity between the two faces is the red second hand.
When you actually pay attention to the shapes and overall composition, the two faces are only similar at first glance. Apple's attention to detail is legendary. I'm surprised that, given the fact that refined details on a virtual face do not involve extra costs that might constrain a physical clock face, they weren't done here.