Apple removes Samsung statement-hiding code from UK website

Karen Haslam
11 November, 2012
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Reports are claiming that Apple has removed the code from the home page of its website that hid its apology to Samsung – and the link to the statement about the UK judge’s ruling that Samsung had not copied Apple – below the fold so that users had to scroll down the page to see it.

While the company has removed the code from the page, if you have a small display you still won’t see it when you visit the or page. For example, we still have to scroll down to see the message on the 21in screen we have plugged into a MacBook Pro, while our colleagues on 27in iMacs can read the statement in all its glory.

Apple is accused of using a bit of javascript code to ensure that the link to its statement about the Apple Samsung case in the UK only appears on the home page after the user scrolls down. Even resizing the window from the corner will not reveal the extra text at the bottom of the page.

Apple had to update the statement about Samsung on its UK website to comply with a court ruling last Thursday. There is now a more detailed explanation of the existence of the statement on the home page of the Apple UK website, and it links to a page where two paragraphs of text explain the ruling.

Apple also reprinted the statement in The Guardian newspaper today.


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  1. Buckus Toothnail says:

    Apple made the CLASSIC mistake of trying to cover up something it didn’t need to and having it BLOW UP IN THEIR FACE and giving it FAR MORE publicity and exposure than if they just did the right thing in the beginning.

    And they did this not just once, but THREE TIMES and counting.

    First by drafting the extremely poor “apology” that rather made them look like the annoying smart-alec kid in 6th grade that had snappy answers for the teacher for everything and always got sent to the dunce corner.

    Then they made the mistake of taking the piss with the judge and arguing there was “nothing wrong” with the first “apology” and that they would need 14 days to make any changes to the website.

    Now they’ve made the mistake of trying to “hide” the re-written “apology” on their website by artificially forcing it to appear off the user’s screen no matter the layout, screen resolution and zoom size of the browser.

    In each case Apple was reprimanded not only by the judges, but by the international media and by public opinion. They gave their humiliating defeat to Samsung in the already high-profile case at least THREE TIMES the amount of publicity that they needed to, and needlessly extended the story’s life cycle.

    Worse, they mocked and destroyed what little reputation they still had, and came across as an extremely arrogant, self-righteous, out-of-touch and disrespectful BULLY that not only showed CONTEMPT toward the law and legal system of the UK, but toward the public in general for thinking they would be “fooled” by the dishonesty of their “apology” and the dishonesty in manipulating the positioning of the “apology” on their website.

    Sadly it seems that without a strong leader, visionary and public icon like Steve Jobs to lead the company, Apple is falling apart much faster than anyone anticipated.

    With their share price having plummeted 170 points in just seven weeks and wiping off US$140 BILLION off their market cap, despite launching the iPhone 5, iPad Mini and iPad 4 in that timeframe, it is now obviously apparent the “Golden Era” of Apple built by Steve Jobs has come to a screeching end.

  2. Steve says:

    Wow what a novel, while i agree they should have just put the apology up and be done with it. This is just a rant of someone who likes to see others fail.
    After already having a judgement proving Samsung copied and them having to pay what was it 1 billion dollars no wonder Apple were miffed.
    My personal opinion is they both are acting like school kids and just need to focus on providing us with top quality tech.

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