The ongoing battle between Apple and pretty much everyone else continues to rumble on and not always in Apple’s favour. In July the behemoth lost a court case in which they accused the Samsung Galaxy Tab of copying the iPad design. As a result they were ordered to place prominent adverts detailing the judgement to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung was a copycat product. They also had to place a statement on the U.K. version of the Apple website.
Apple complied with the ruling but could not resist taking a further dig at Samsung, “In a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design,” said the statement on their website, “A US jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc.”
Samsung rightfully complained and Judge Robin Jacob was less than pleased, “I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. That is a plain breach of the order,” he said. Apple said it would take them fourteen days to amend the message but the tech savvy Judge gave them just two, saying “I would like to see the head of Apple [Tim Cook] make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can’t put this on [their site].”
Complying with the ruling once more, Apple have now updated their website with new text but in a further twist a poster over on Reddit has found that they may be trying to hide the apology from view. A piece of code has been placed on the website so no matter what resolution screen is used the apology will always be out of view and you have to scroll down to see it.
The post on Reddit also includes a screenshot of the Apple website viewed on a 1440p monitor and the apology is nowhere to be seen. You can see the code in action for yourself, click on over to Apple.
Lawyers for Samsung have yet to comment on the placing of the new apology but expect further repercussions; it does seem that Apple are doing their very best to hide their apology to their rival. The U.S. giant is more than happy for judgements to be enforced when they are in their favour but it apparently does not like the taste of their own medicine.