Apple calls Samsung ‘copyists,’ in the latter’s attempt to see next-gen iPhone, iPad

When the legal battle between Apple and Samsung begun to heat up, Samsung demanded to see Apple’s future designs for the iPhone and iPad. Apple accused Samsung of copying the iPhone and iPad for the Samsung Galaxy S line of smartphones and tablets, instead of being original and innovative. Samsung in turn demanded to see Apple’s future designs and plans for the iPad and iPhone to see if their designs are similar. The request is almost hilarious.

Apple had already accused Samsung of failing to innovate, and Samsung’s next move was to demand to see future designs? The funny thing is that just a few months ago, after the iPad 2 was announced, Samsung admitted that its own tablets had shortcomings and were inadequate compared to the iOS tablet. One would think that the demand to see Apple’s plans, and to veil them as legal safeguards, seems desperate. Moreover, the iPhone maker said that Samsung didn’t need to see future plans for the iPhone or iPad because Apple wasn’t being accused of copying Samsung.

Additional documents of the legal proceedings were discovered and Apple was shown to have accused Samsung of harassment, and refers to the Korean manufacturer as “the copyist.” Harsh words, but if you look at the design of smartphones before and after the iPhone, it’s very evident that it’s been a copycat game where everyone has been trying to emulate the iPhone, or at least take several of its design cues from it.

AppleInsider reports:

“I agree with Apple that Samsung’s requests go way beyond what Apple asked for,” [Florian] Mueller offered in his analysis of the latest filings. “I also have a feeling that the court is not going to grant Samsung’s requests — there doesn’t seem to be sufficient cause. But at this stage let’s not speculate too much.”

At this point, the Cupertino-based company seems to have a much stronger case against the Galaxy S maker, so we’ll have to wait and see what the judges say regarding this matter.

[Via: AppleInsider]

  • I think at this point, all manufactures of tablets and phones are going to copy each other in an effort to give consumers what they want from each manufacture. None are better than the other, and none are worse, its just up to the consumer to decide what little function or features they value. Personally I dont see the Samsung Tab the same as an iPad, much like I dont see an EVO the same as an iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    Apple can’t take over android so taking over a successful partner, samsung should get with google and file case on apple for copying the notification bar…

  • Drew

    Geez, you guys are such Apple kiss asses… There were touchscreen candybar form-factored smartphones before Apple so your statement of “..it’s very evident that it’s been a copycat game where everyone has been trying to emulate the iPhone..” is just ignorant. Isn’t Apple the pot calling the kettle black??

    • could you name a few of those candybar touchscreen phones? cuz there was NONE!

      • Drew

        The LG Prada just to name one off the top of my head. The phone was announced in December of 2006… You must be in denial.

  • Strike

    But how will Samsung develop the Galaxy S3 if they don’t know what the iPhone 5 looks like? 🙂

  • Dude64

    Huh, I thought Apple has already a similar thing with Samsung where they had their legal team look at Samsung’s future releases. I am pretty sure I read about that on one of the mobile related blogs. And I thought it was funny that now Samsung was asking Apple to do the same.

  • Dude64

    Quote from mobile burn:

    “Despite the fact that Apple was able to get access to some of Samsung’s products that have yet to hit the market, the Cupertino company feels that Samsung’s request for the same from Apple is not justified or necessary”

  • Dude64

    Quote from mobile burn:

    “Despite the fact that Apple was able to get access to some of Samsung’s products that have yet to hit the market, the Cupertino company feels that Samsung’s request for the same from Apple is not justified or necessary”

    • the difference is Apple wanted to see tablets and phones that were introduced publicly but had to be released in some markets, but Samsung wants to see PROTOTYPES which is illegal, that’s called industrial espionage

  • Dude64

    Quote from mobile burn:

    “Despite the fact that Apple was able to get access to some of Samsung’s products that have yet to hit the market, the Cupertino company feels that Samsung’s request for the same from Apple is not justified or necessary”

  • Apparently intomobile hasn’t heard of the LG Prada, which was released BEFORE the iPhone.

    http://www.hafeezcentre.pk/ads_images/1293792055_su83/hc130452794887.jpg

    It’d be nice if these bloggers actually knew what they were talking about. 

  • Yossi Cohen

    apple didn’t steal the notification bar… google gave it for free (android is free!)
    apple didn;t invent the candybar touch screen design so samsung didn’t copy it!

    what else could they do?????? a circular phone??
    duh apple act like they invented the display! wow a square with a squarish screen on it….
    btw the iphone design is kinda shitty!

    oh and for samsung wanna know how the next (to endless next)  iphone/iipad will look like??
    here is the answer: THE FUCKING SAAAME!!!!!

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