The ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung which recently saw the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from sale in the EU has taken another interesting twist. Dutch title, Webwereld.nl, claims Apple submitted an image that incorrectly compares the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as part of the lawsuit.
Since the crux of Apple’s case is that Samsung copied the look and feel of the iPad for its Samsung Galaxy Tab line, the accusation that the evidence is incorrect could have serious ramifications. Read on to take a look at the Dutch detective work…
The original image submitted by Apple and found on p28 of the document it submitted in the German lawsuit (which you can see above) shows the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 side-by-side. The text beneath the image is Apple’s claim that “the overall appearance of the two products shown above is almost identical, because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copies all distinctive elements of the iPad 2.”
But Webwereld suggests the image does not accurately represent the dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It appears to have been cropped and the aspect ratio is distorted. Samsung’s specs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 give its aspect ratio as 1.46. The Galaxy Tab shown in Apple’s image has an aspect ratio of 1.36, much closer to the 1.30 aspect ratio of the iPad 2. You can see the Webwereld’s comparison below:
Whether the image was intentionally manipulated or the result of an error isn’t clear but if the claim made by the Webwereld is correct, could undermine Apple’s arguments in the case. That said, Cupertino’s complaints are extremely wide ranging covering everything from the Galaxy Tab’s user interface to materials and packaging.
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