Consumers and critics alike have frequently lauded Apple for its visually distinctive and influential designs since 1976. And its competitors have been watching: over the years, numerous companies wanting to borrow a bit of that Apple magic, simply cloned or imitated Apple's creations with varying degrees of success, both legally and financially. This trend especially holds true today due to the global influence of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
In this slideshow, take a look at some of the more blatant Apple knockoffs from the 1970s to the present—those products that obviously imitated or copied Apple's trade dress. At the end, you'll see why if imitation is the finest form of flattery, then Apple must be the most flattered company on earth.