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Apple's evidence in Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 case may be inaccurate

Apple may have submitted incorrect evidence, with its pictures of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 making it look more like the iPad 2 than it actually is.

Apple may have provided courts with inaccurate evidence in its legal war with Samsung, by submitting pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that make the Android tablet look more like an iPad 2 than it actually is, Computerworld reports.

The issue lies with a graphic (see above) on page 28 of the complaint filed by Apple in the Netherlands, which shows the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 side by side, looking like peas in a pod. But as Dutch blog Webwereld.nl spotted, that's not how the Galaxy Tab 10.1 actually looks.

The image Apple submitted shows a tablet with a 1.36 aspect ratio, quite close to that of the iPad 2, which has an aspect ratio of 1.3. But the actual ratio of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a much more movie-like 1.46. In other words, the image Apple submitted is a squashed version of Samsung's tablet.

 

The graphic was submitted with the claim that the two products look the same, "because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copies all distinctive elements of equipment of the iPad 2."

It's entirely possible that Apple submitted the squished picture by accident -- the complaint (which you can read here) contains other images of the Tab 10.1 that don't look so... squat. But it will be interesting to see whether this has any effect on the case.

Apple has already won an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, that will stop it going on sale across Europe, except in the Netherlands, where this case is trying to achieve the same ban. Apple's also embroiled in a courtroom scrap with HTC, over patents that are apparently core to the Android operating system.

Google, meanwhile, has said companies including Apple and Microsoft are ganging up on Android, and has bought Motorola Mobility, partly in order to arm itself against similar lawsuits with a raft of mobile phone patents.

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Image credit: Computerworld