Apple doctors more images to increase similarities with Samsung devices

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. 

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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1. Force Close unregistered

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2. lolz unregistered

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

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Haha hilarious

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

13. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

hahahahahahahaha

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

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

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$.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

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.

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

5. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

Apple is so rotten.

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.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

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?

16. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

18. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 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....

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

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. : )

33. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

36. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

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

39. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

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.

10. 2moh unregistered

how ***...

12. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

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

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