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Apple Demands That Samsung Change Galaxy Design; Gizmodo Provides Hilarious Mock-Up

Submitted by on December 15, 2011 – 5:59 pmOne Comment

Apple is currently suing Samsung for allegations of copyright infringement, accusing the company of blatantly stealing the iPad’s design. While there may be some truth in Apple’s accusations, their demands seem to stretch the possibilities of design. Tech blog Gizmodo has provided a dead-on and hilarious hypothetical image (above) of a tablet computer that would satisfy Apple’s own requirements to sufficiently distinguish the Galaxy from the iPad.

These are Apple’s demands verbatim:

• Shapes that are not rectangular with four flat sides or that do not have four rounded corners.
• Front surfaces that are not completely flat or clear and that have substantial adornment.
• Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
• Profiles that are not thin relative to [Apple patent D'889] or that have a cluttered appearance.

To be fair, the Samsung Galaxy does appear nearly identical to the iPad, not only in design but in display. Reuters provided a side-by-side visual comparison:

(The iPad is on the left.)

Competitors like Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the BlackBerry Playbook have avoided similar accusations. Both tablets use 7 inch displays, as opposed to the iPad 2′s 9.7 inches. This produces a much narrower and longer rectangular shape. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy has a 10.1 inch display.

What do you think? Does Apple have a case, or are they just being whiny?

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