Apple may have to reveal iPad sales

Tara Brady
8 September, 2011
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Apple’s battle with Samsung over sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia could hang on Apple’s willingness to release iPad 2 sales figures for the UK and US.

Apple doesn’t traditionally give sales figures for individual territories, but Bloomberg reports that the judge in the Apple vs Samsung case in Australia has said that the data would improve Apple’s chances of blocking sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 here.

Apple aims to to block Samsung sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, claiming the tablet computer infringes its patents.

Apple’s claim that the Samsung tablet’s release in Australia will hurt iPad sales may carry little weight if it doesn’t provide the numbers, Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett said in Sydney Federal Court yesterday.

“Unless Apple puts on evidence showing the impact in the US or UK, I can’t draw any positive assumptions,” Bennett said.

The judge said she would not force Apple to release the sales numbers and denied Samsung’s request for them.

Apple is seeking an injunction on Samsung sales in Australia until the patent suit is resolved. Samsung wanted the sales figures to show that the UK and US release of the Galaxy 10.1, which runs Google’s Android operating system, had little effect on iPad sales.


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