Apple posts new Samsung statement, eats humble pie

Apple has put a new note live on its website regarding the ruling that Samsung didn't copy the iPhone and iPad.

Joe Svetlik Reporter
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Apple has posted a new statement on its website regarding the recent ruling that Samsung didn't copy the iPhone and iPad.

You may remember Apple already went live with a statement, but it was little more than a thinly-veiled attack on Samsung. A UK court ruled that it just wasn't good enough, and told Apple to do it again properly. So here's the new note, and it's significantly less snarky than the last.

For a start, Apple has made it a lot clearer on its homepage, using a larger font and placing it down at the centre, rather than hiding it away in a menu bar. "On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers," the note reads. "That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales." It then points us to the proper statement on the ruling.

This revised statement is much more succinct and to the point. All mention of how a judge said Samsung's tablets weren't as 'cool' as Apple's has been excised, as has any reference to the case in Germany where Samsung was found to have copied the iPad. That bit where Apple talked about winning $1 billion from Samsung in a patent case has gone too.

Judge Sir Robin Jacob of the Court of Appeal wasn't impressed with Apple's original statement. "I'm at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this," he said. He called the statement a "plain breach of the order."

This new statement will have to stick around on the Apple UK homepage until mid-December, providing it satisfies UK courts, that is. We'll have to wait and see what the bewigged ones think.

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