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Apple doctors more images to increase similarities with Samsung devices

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Apple doctors more images to increase similarities with Samsung devices
This isn't new, we've already seen that Apple doctored photos of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to make it look more like the iPad, but now we're seeing that Apple has done the same thing with its recent filings in the Netherlands against the entire Samsung Galaxy phone line. The thing is, it's a blatantly dishonest move by Apple, but it probably doesn't actually mean much. 

Apple doctors more images to increase similarities with Samsung devices
As the images from both filings show, Apple doctored photos to make the size and shape of Samsung devices more similar to Apple devices, but what people don't talk about much is that Apple also made sure that the screen showed a grid of app icons to hammer home the point. Of course, the Galaxy Tab has a different aspect ratio, and the Galaxy phones are bigger than iPhones, but to make Android look like it's just an app launcher like iOS seems just as bad. Admittedly, the Samsung TouchWiz UI is almost certainly designed to mimic the visual style of iPhone app icons, and any lawsuit to that matter should be heard. But, for Apple to go after any mobile device that's rectangular and has app icons seems a bit overboard. 

That said, in the end, it probably doesn't make much difference. In the German filing concerning the Galaxy Tab, the decision wasn't based solely on the images sent by Apple, the judge physically handled both devices before making the judgement. And, in the Dutch filings, the claims are geared more towards technical patents rather than the physical appearance of the hardware. So, while the doctoring of photos is certainly misleading, it probably hasn't had as much real-world consequence as some would like you to believe. 

source: Ars Technica

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posted on 19 Aug 2011, 20:59 9

1. Force Close (unregistered)


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posted on 19 Aug 2011, 21:07 12

2. lolz (unregistered)


And you had time and determination to type all that trolling bull$h1t? Man,you are so weak...

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:16 5

8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Haha hilarious

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 23:54 12

14. Sniggly (Posts: 6752; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Still think it's possible that this is just an honest mistake by Apple's lawyers, Taco?

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 23:01 3

13. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


hahahahahahahaha

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 00:05 6

15. GH (unregistered)


I suppose you use an iDevice so you don't get FC. How a sandboxed OS like iOS could crash, it's a walled garden remember (though some apps do crash). My Android device and some apps crash because I love to mess with things I shouldn't, but that's the point I can do WHATEVER I want with my phone even convert it into a brick :p

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 01:39 7

21. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


It crashes...it just doesnt have a Force Close message.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 03:11 8

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Indeed it just kicks you to the main screen. Also the number of fc people get on Android market apps it's fairly reduced and (to me) less common that what hatters pretend it is out of my 3 devices and a total of 89 apps installed on them only 3 apps had this issue and latter all of them got updated to work fine (no more fc) because we can be nice and tell devs what their are doing wrong .... the above line of comments show how ignorant these hatters turn out to be

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 03:25 6

25. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Force Close, your brain is critically low, please recharge. Oh, you can't because you lost the Apple proprietary charging cable? Well that's too bad. Buy another one for 29.99$! What, your PC runs linux and does not support iTunes? Well buy an iMac then! Just 2,999$! Now comes with the "Magic mouse" - a device so ugly it can be a "Modern art masterpiece". Just for 69.99$.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 21:11 1

3. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and lets not forget the american versions have even less "in common" with the iphone since they dont have the large center button (instead its the generic android 4 button row)... which has been a staple on samsung touch screen phones for quite a long time now.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:01 5

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2937; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


By all means, people have the right to debate if the samsung galaxy s and iphone look similar. HOWEVER there is no denying that it not only makes Apple look bad but it is complete BS the fact that they clearly and obviously doctored these photos to even further make them look similar when they are not. Apple is sinking to new low levels to try to fight off their biggest competition. It's not "hey lets make the iphone better or cheaper" no "lets sue the competition and try to get their products off the market!" that is so pathetic of them and shows that they cannot step it up with their products and have to resort to sueing. Sure the fanboys will defend their precious product with their lives but thats because they are all blind idiots. I wish Apple would tell them to jump off a cliff, they would listen.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 01:36 1

20. E.N. (Posts: 2230; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I can't even tell if I should be disappointed in Apple or if this is just Android users complaining at every single thing Apple does once again. When I read the title, I was shocked because I thought Apple doctored/simulated screen images, but this is just a question of resizing the device. My question is how much of an effect does the resizing have? I mean I'm sure everyone knows that SGII is much larger than iPhone (it's no secret). And Apple probably did it for comparative reasons and not to fool anyone.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 03:22 2

24. ilia1986 (unregistered)


E.N.

This isn't just resizing - as the SGS1 and the iPhone have different size ratios. Apple MANIPULATED the image in order for the SGS1 to look exactly like the iPhone.

On another note: I am happy to report that the Party medal is now awarded to "Force Close" for he is a loyal and blind iSheep who will rather denounce his own children as thought criminals, than revolt against AppSoc. Doubleplusgood. SJ himself approves of this.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 03:32 2

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


They have being doing this on both the galaxy s line and the galaxy tab line when now what kind of comparison is this where both devices need to be scaled? The aspect ratio o the galaxy tab makes the device more like a landscape device rather than portrait and the tab is also different on its dimensions yet on the picture the device its not just scales down but made shorter and wider while showing the app drawer instead of the main screen so it could be considered more than just a comparison. It could look more like a way to force a device into looking like another device as much as possible and that's clearly no comparison

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:06 5

5. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


Apple is so rotten.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:12 1

6. Deluxe (unregistered)


This should 100% change the outcome of the court and result in apple shelling out huge money to samsung. Also i see nothing wrong with apple being in legal trouble over faking and lying.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:16 4

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow 3 articles within two weeks by author where there's barely contained android fan boyism.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:54 3

11. AppleFUD (unregistered)


Now you know what it's like on the opposite side of things--how many sites are constantly waving their apple fan boyism every single freakin' day?

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 00:11 8

16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I don't claim to be completely objective. I prefer Android, but I understand those who prefer iOS or WP7 (I may not understand those who prefer BlackBerry though...)

That said, would you actually defend Apple's actions here? As I said in the article, Apple certainly has a case against Samsung for the TouchWiz UI, and even the 30-pin adapter. But, can you honestly condone their doctoring of photos in two separate lawsuits where Apple is trying to ban the competition completely?

That's just dirty pool, no matter who does it.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 00:27 3

17. Sniggly (Posts: 6752; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Michael, I know that you pay attention to the comments, so I'll lay it out straight for you: this is Taco. Apple can do no wrong to him. He pays lip service to objectivity by saying "IF Apple does something wrong then they should be punished" without actually acknowledging the thousand times anyone points out that they're doing something wrong.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 00:42 2

18. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Rightly said Sniggly.....Ever since Apple started its silly domination over companies like Samsung and Htc and others few fans like Taco have been ranting nonsense........
I use an iphone 4 myself and use galaxy s2 too......I dont see any reason why few people like Taco would go so long to defend any wrong that apple does....
Be realistic Taco....support what is right...dont be a blind fanboy....

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 01:12 5

19. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I know that Taco is on the side of Apple, that's fine. But, I take my job seriously and I try to be objective.

I may prefer Android, but that doesn't mean I don't think iOS is good. I don't agree with all of Apple's business decisions, but i respect the company. And, I'll damn sure call out Google when it does something shady.

It may be a fool's mission, but i like to keep up hope that if nowhere else, i can raise the tone of conversation on my articles.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 09:58 1

31. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Believe me Michael - whenever there is a post made by taco - the tone of the conversation will raise magically by itself.

That is due to the fact that people do not stand idly whilst stupidity and ignorance rages.

: )

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 10:09 2

33. Sniggly (Posts: 6752; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It absolutely is fine if taco likes Apple and is *on their side.* I also appreciate that you're trying to be respectful and maybe bring some peace around.

All I was saying was that with some people (and this *can* be true on any side when it comes to technology), their minds are completely closed to any criticism of their preferred company, and they can be quite vicious in their defense of said company. And by vicious I mean if anyone says anything bad about the company at all, there they are with insults ranging from homophobia to sneering at people for not having as much money as they do.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 14:05 2

36. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Hey, if the Miz and I agreed on something today, there's hope for anyone.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 14:59

37. bling bling (unregistered)


ok now im going to be drunk like hell , btw i love you man and the pics i view then whenever i go to my hotmail . love you (no *** here) and love your job and the articals , ftw everyone

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 15:57

39. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


While I understand your right to respect Apple as a company, my views of their style of doing business is one that makes for higher prices, less competitive alternatives and a bad fiscal bottom line for America.
As a writer you probably know more than most of the posters on this site that the advertising/marketing field is not the most honest of professions, but using those tactics in a leagl setting is not right and those who chose to fight that way should be made to be sorry they did.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:26 3

9. Samk18238 (unregistered)


When i first saw an article about what apple did comparing the two tablets with the ipad and galaxy tab i wanted to give them the benefit of a doubt that someone on their part printed out the wrong pictures. But then i saw this article and i can without a doubt see that apple is trying to fool the public with these fake comparison. shame on them. as much as i love their products i will never support apple again and havent been ever since the android os came out. samsung should just dump apple as a customer for parts. They dont need them. Samsung have just has cash on hand as apple and maybe more.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:43

10. 2moh (unregistered)


how ***...

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 22:58 1

12. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


this is how bully apple is. STOP BULLYING not just on kids but also on companies!

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 02:54

22. george_g (unregistered)


Come on Apple losers!Samsung gave you all the hardware you need when you need it and now wake up with that similarity!!!Loseers!

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 05:46 1

27. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Now Apple are so dishonest, i'll boycott them by never even walking into one of their stores !!!

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 07:13

28. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Samsung should give EU judge Galaxy Tab and Galaxy phone to play with before the trial begin.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 08:10 2

29. cc (unregistered)


The idea that Samsung copied the iPhones home screen layout is ridiculous. That's like saying Chevy copied ford when they made a car with four wheels. And not only that but as many have pointed out that not even the Samsung home screen.

Go f**k yourself Apple.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 08:11 1

30. cc (unregistered)


Posted from my Galaxy Tab 10.1

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 10:01 1

32. ilia1986 (unregistered)


lolz no cc. You are mistaken. It was Apple who invented the first car. It had only one wheel and only one button. And it had great apps. This was all in 1485.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 11:49

34. andro (unregistered)


All tryrants throughout out history have resorted to desperate measures of clutching straws when their draconian dominance has come to the end and apple is no different,its so pathethic its laughable and its great to see the joke of apple now brings a smile to everyone except islave who smile in the knowledge that their god Steve Jobs loves them and might know their name and is about to change the universe again with a bigger screen in his new iphone

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 13:52

35. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Just like the article said, the courts' decisions were not based on those photos. I'm sure the courts looked at it, but it would take way more than just photos for the court to decide to hold off the release of a product. But of course I also understand why android fans try to make such a big deal of it as if those photos are the main reason why the courts validated Apple's complaints, and that's all they'd consider, nothing else.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 15:35

38. Smokn04cobra (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


Any intelligent person should know that the photos more than likely weren't the only evidence that Apple presented and they were not Apple's only basis for the lawsuit. The point here is that Apple apparently felt the need to falsify evidence because they were worried that what they had wasn't enough to support their claim. And by the way worried is a synonym for scared. Apple changed the world again...this time by lying in court.

Sorry, I forgot people have lied in court before. I guess Apple isn't as good as changing the world as we thought....Just like they thought they were the first to allow you to "touch a contact and call them" Sorry SJ...but windows beat you to that.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 14:19

49. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Well there is also the fact that they can if they have a sketch that looks like a galaxy tab on their arsenal. So the devices could be the least things in measure here

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 20:05 1

41. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I handled that Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it is superior to the iPAD in every way, and seems to be lighter with a bigger screen to boot. Apple has a good reason to fear this device. I would definitely by this over an I pad.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 22:46

43. LionStone (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


I did, and the guy with the ipad sitting next to me on the plane peaking over to check it out cracks me up. This thing is suhweet...

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 21:35 2

42. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


Somebody needs to take a bight out of the crappy Apple that Apple has given us. Appel is like Hitler, whiping out Androids just like Hitler wiping Jews.

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 14:06

45. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Ok, let's not go overboard here, man. I hate Apple too, but some things are best left out of the equation.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 14:25

50. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


while I agree with you I've come up with a more PC way to express that opinion. I refer to Steve Jobs as Adolph Jobs. Everyone feel free to join in.

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 00:08

44. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


So sad. . . now I can foresee Apples future Motto "If you can't beat them sue them"

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 12:50

47. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow great article Michael.... you just fed the lions, all I am saying is that if a respectable judge is passing judgement on pictures??... and not having the real thing?? are you guys for reals, this is a joke??.... these are millions of dollars at stake... wow.... a million dollar case is pending on pictures??.... I am just going to stop and have coffee this is to much for me...

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 14:15

48. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sorry accidentally thumbed ya down :( and about that it's not completely sure they whole thing was decided over the pictures but regardless you just don't Photoshop stuff to make evidence there are other ways to prove it if your argument is valid

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 16:24

51. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


is cool man , but at least we both agree that they need more than just pictures, specially if they looked "worked"...

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 16:28

52. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


and the title of the article is misleading,.... first of all if the "doctored" photos is Samsung photos to make them look like Apple products... not the other way around... Michael... you are showing your true color which is Android green..

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