Apple posts Samsung ‘apology’ letter on its UK website

Lex Friedman
29 October, 2012
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Apple on Saturday posted a message to customers regarding the Samsung / Apple UK legal judgement on the UK version of its website. The message—technically an apology—was ordered by Judge Colin Birss, after Apple lost its case alleging Samsung copied the iPad. Per the judge’s order, Apple needed to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung had ripped off Apple’s innovations.

As you might expect, Apple’s printed apology is about as sweet as wasabi.

The message quotes the judge’s ruling that the iPad sports “a cool design,” and that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets “are not as cool.” It also quotes the judge’s statement that the Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”

The message further makes reference to the German “unfair competition” lawsuit in which Apple emerged victorious over Samsung, along with the recent U.S. verdict awarding Apple more than US$1 billion in damages from Samsung.

Apple’s note concludes: “So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.”

Spelling enthusiasts might note that the (so-called) apology uses both the British-preferred “judgement” and the U.S.-preferred “judgment” interchangeably. Those spelling enthusiasts—this reporter included—may need a new hobby.


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  1. V S Manian says:

    Apple is clever in planning to make money out of Samsung sales. In the publication in their UK website too, Apple used their clever mindset to cheat the Hon’ble Court, Samsung and the general public, by totally failing to use the word ‘Apology’ anywhere, though that was specifically mentioned by the Court. Instead of issing ‘Apology’ Apple use the phrases of the Judge to merely publish a ‘back door’ Advertisement for their product/s.

    By resorting to these gimmicks, Apple yet again proved that they are finding it difficult to compete fairly with Samsung.

  2. Shagbag says:

    This won’t win them any favours.

    Aside from the obvious Contempt of Court question, what is wrong with Apple these days? Don’t they realise this makes them look like a spoilt child?

    The world is not theirs. They need to get over that fact and move on.

  3. Johno says:

    Nuh. Samedung is the clear cheat here. They were offered much of Apple’s technology at commercially reasonable prices and chose to knock the offer back and steal the designs for free. Microsoft before it and now Google/Samedung don’t innovate, they just copy. Fortunately none of them copy too well.

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