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Apple's new apology gets published

Apple wasn't happy at all about being forced by courts in the UK to issue a written apology to Samsung to be ran in major newspapers and on its own website. The apology had to state that Samsung did not copy Apple designs. Apple's "apology" was more the little tongue-in-cheek noting that the Samsung tablet was said to not be "as cool" as the iPad and Apple pointed out that it had won judgments against Samsung in Germany and the US.

The judge overseeing the case in the UK said that Apple's statements were "incorrect" and "untrue." Apple was directed to rewrite the apology and remove the incorrect original notice.

“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” said Judge Robin Jacob. “That is a plain breach of the order.”

The rewritten apology is now appearing in publications within the UK. Apple had told courts that it would take up to 14 days revise and publish a new statement, but one the judges in the case refused to believe the claim.
You can read Apple's new, revised apology pictured in the image below:

Image Source: [The Next Web]

Source: The Next Web

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By russki on 11/2/2012 10:58:53 AM , Rating: 4
thats no apology, that's a blatant F U

RE: lol
By JackBurton on 11/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: lol
By EasyC on 11/2/2012 11:22:25 AM , Rating: 5
Exactly, I mean who are they to design a rounded rectangular phone. Apple clearly owns the rights to everything it, itself ripped off.

RE: lol
By JackBurton on 11/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: lol
By momorere on 11/2/2012 11:48:16 AM , Rating: 2
That is ok because crApple would have copied you too. LOLZ

RE: lol
By EasyC on 11/2/2012 12:01:44 PM , Rating: 5

Apple was the first to put icons on a grid?
Apple was the first to have a touch screen?
Apple was the first to have "apps" on a phone?

...and the newly acquired...

Apple was the first to display maps on a touchscreen device?

Wow. Thank you Apple for inventing everything that had already been invented/implemented before hand. I must have had very vivid dreams of fictional companies like Palm, HTC, Microsoft, Garmin, TomTom, etc. I guess my creative side just runs wild sometimes ;)

I bet you're related to Tony.

RE: lol
By StevoLincolnite on 11/2/2012 1:10:12 PM , Rating: 4
I bet you're related to Tony.

Is this the ultimate insult or what!?

RE: lol
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/2/2012 1:47:27 PM , Rating: 3
Can it be an insult when it's true?

RE: lol
By inperfectdarkness on 11/3/2012 5:15:39 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't even give him the benefit of being related. That would insinuate that Apple actually has more "fans" than it legitimately does.

My money is on this being another account that Tony runs. Only an admin could check the IP's to be sure...but I'd take that bet.

It's much easier to create a dozen "fake" fans of apple who are the work of one astroturfer--rather than find a dozen legitimately zealous apple fans who are passionate enough to do the same job for free. Kind of like how North Korea likes to hire Chinese to cheer for its soccer team--since the N. Koreans aren't allowed to attend the games.

Guess the "Kim Jong Il - Steve Jobs" personality cult thing wasn't the only comparison of Apple and North Korea. They also prefer a lockdown, draconian style of leadership to match the personality cult. That's at least 3 similarities I see.

RE: lol
By Solandri on 11/2/2012 12:49:02 PM , Rating: 5
Here are what Apple fans think are Samsung phones before and after the iPhone:

You can make anything seem true if you cherry-pick your data to deliberately exclude the cases which disprove your claim. Here's the reality:

RE: lol
By simsony on 11/3/2012 7:30:04 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously I had not seen that before. I don't get how the jury could have found for Apple.

I now question the Californian justice system.

RE: lol
By BillyBatson on 11/2/2012 1:40:53 PM , Rating: 3
Wow you have no idea what you're talking about. A smartphone does not even have a unique shape it's rectangle! Sci-fi movies have used mockup "iPad" like screens for decades.
So under your logic there should only be 1 laptop manufacturer in the world? Or how about only 1 Tv manufacturer? Because they all infringe on earlier designes like Akai TV's from 1929? Or DuMont Labratories who were the US's first commercially manufacturered TV's back in 1938 so they clearly have a lock ok the square/rectangle screen? So all Tv's made today infringe on their designs? I'll argue that smartphones and tablets stole their designs from televisions.

Your login is flawed and you deserve your -1 rating.

RE: lol
By BillyBatson on 11/2/2012 1:44:35 PM , Rating: 2

RE: lol
RE: lol
By BillyBatson on 11/9/2012 10:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
Lmao great link reclaimer!

RE: lol
By Shlong on 11/2/2012 3:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
The LG Prada (compare release dates) looked exactly like that before the iPhone. Although different software if you went to the Prada's app menu, it was lined up in grids similar to the iPhone does it.

RE: lol
By DrChemist on 11/3/2012 3:45:50 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously?! Smartphones were on the verge of doing pure touchscreen. In fact a few prototypes were due out to market the same year but APPLE bought the market of them from the supplier. What they changed was the whole OS. An OS built for a phone that was not power hungry, was quick, and gave a fuller internet experience, the big key was getting people to build apps. Windows Mobile had apps everywhere but it was just not fast. It was a slow, clunky system shrunk down from the full Windows. Apple can be hailed for changing the mobile OS game, not the design of the smartphone. Go do some research.

RE: lol
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/2/2012 11:24:57 AM , Rating: 2
Because Apple lost? Great logic! Coming from an Apple defender though, we shouldn't expect no less.

RE: lol
By Florinator on 11/2/2012 12:03:36 PM , Rating: 3
Still much better than the first try...

RE: lol
By inperfectdarkness on 11/3/2012 5:19:56 AM , Rating: 2
Steve Jobs once shot a man accidently. The best apology he could muster was "Excuse me".

RE: lol
By Motoman on 11/2/2012 1:47:06 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, while I haven't read the judge's order, if it is truly required to be an "apology" I would think that at some point Apple would have to say something like "we apologize to Samsung for saying nasty things about them that were proven in a court of law to be false."

I would reckon that this still isn't going to make the judge happy.

Off with their heads.

Brilliant - again
By Tony Swash on 11/2/12, Rating: 0
RE: Brilliant - again
RE: Brilliant - again
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: Brilliant - again
By simsony on 11/2/2012 1:37:22 PM , Rating: 5
You are a Guardian reader, the liberal paper that fights for the underdog. Yet you are happy for companies to flout the law, so long as the company is named Apple. You cheer the abuse of market position at any price, so long as your beloved Apple is protected.

But then a Guardian reader, who doesn't think, is the worst kind. Probably even worse than a Daily Mail reader.

And boy do you not think! You sure do need Apple products!

You're crazier (and more clueless) than I thought!

RE: Brilliant - again
By simsony on 11/2/2012 2:02:31 PM , Rating: 2
You know it has just hit me what we're dealing with here. There is no logic or sense that you will ever see.

I visit a fair number of sites and forums, but you are by far unique. I think a number of readers would agree.

You are a fanatic, blind. Anything that happens or is said will be morphed into something that is positive for Apple in your eyes.

A state completely devoid of independent thought. I would not wish this terrible blindness to anyone in the world.

I try to discuss and share views, so that I can also see and understand what I do not. I will never get that from any of your commentary. It is predictable, monotonous and biased.

Ultimately no matter what Apple does, without maintaining mass market appeal, they will fail. If they ever abuse their position, then that will be their own undoing.

I wait and watch as do you.

RE: Brilliant - again
By augiem on 11/2/2012 3:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
You applaud a company for cheating the legal system. You are applauding immorality in business.

RE: Brilliant - again
By retrospooty on 11/2/2012 5:48:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Apple is surely brilliant. Everything they do is brilliant, from the brilliant products to the brilliant politics to the brilliant passive aggressive court ordered statements to the brilliant purple haze on outdoor photos.

We get it Tony, you think Apple is brilliant. Too bad the rest of us know better.

RE: Brilliant - again
By bupkus on 11/5/2012 12:19:43 AM , Rating: 2
Courts! We don't need no stinkin courts.

However, if Apple wins...

Tony Swash: "Just prevails."

Finally, I must agree > douchbag.

RE: Brilliant - again
By bupkus on 11/5/2012 12:25:17 AM , Rating: 2
Tony Swash: "Justice prevails."

By Marlin1975 on 11/2/2012 10:31:36 AM , Rating: 5
Thats an apology? Looks like any legal publishing note.
I don't see sorry, we were wrong, its us not you, etc...

RE: apology???
By fic2 on 11/2/2012 12:33:29 PM , Rating: 4
There first draft went something like:

"We (Apple) are sorry that Samsung can't rip us off like the small companies that we rip off."

RE: apology???
By augiem on 11/2/2012 2:58:26 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. It's still not an apology of any sort. It's just a statement of the facts of the case.

Well in the beginning...
By Noonecares on 11/2/2012 5:57:45 PM , Rating: 1
Without Samsung, I doubt Apple would have become what it is today. Without the money from Apple, the same can be said of Samsung. Either way lawyers are getting paid and people are getting ripped off. Best course of action is to just make the best product period. Which it seems to be favoring Samsung at the moment, only because of the yearly refresh on Apple devices. I am pretty sure that when Samsung wants to sell its 128 or 256 gig memory modules to Apple, they are going to price rape them. Just remember kids, always play to win.

RE: Well in the beginning...
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/2/2012 6:26:32 PM , Rating: 3
Samsung would be where it is without Apple. That's a silly notion they wouldn't be. Samsung is in MANY different types of businesses/products. They would be fine without Apple.

RE: Well in the beginning...
By momorere on 11/2/2012 6:59:08 PM , Rating: 3
Only 8% of Samsung's revenue comes from crApple. Yet, a large majority of crApple's components comes from Samsung. Some companies aren't a 1 trick pony like crApple and produce multiple products and product lines

To win or not to win
By Scootie on 11/2/2012 9:53:19 AM , Rating: 2
So what if you(Apple)won in courts like US or Germany. That doesn't mean everybody sees the world as US or German judges. Thank God!

RE: To win or not to win
By Theoz on 11/2/2012 2:00:00 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, the UK judge on the appeal referenced in the apology took a shot at Germany's court. The German court didn't even have jurisdiction to grant any injunction. From Lord Justice Jacob's order:

56. Firstly I cannot understand on what basis the [German] Court thought it had jurisdiction to grant interim relief. I do not think it did [have jurisdiction] for several reasons.

And he goes on to criticize their reasoning:
61. … I regret to say that I find the Oberlandesgericht's reasoning on the merits sparse in the extreme….

62. What the Oberlandesgericht did not do was to consider Judge Birss's decision in detail. It gave only meagre reasons for saying "The Court cannot concur with the interpretation of the High Court". I regret that. …

63. … If courts around Europe simply say they do not agree with each other and give inconsistent decisions, Europe will be the poorer.

By momorere on 11/2/2012 11:11:40 AM , Rating: 2
Just when everyone thought the iPad mini was the newest and greatest thing...

Apple stock....
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/2/2012 1:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
Slipping away day by

Apology - NOT
By hexxthalion on 11/5/2012 6:19:07 AM , Rating: 1
that's just shit reporting, court didn't require Apple to apologize to Samesong, just state they didn't copy iPad - that's it. it's just shit reporting of this garbage blog and others.

Doesn't change anything.
By JackBurton on 11/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: Doesn't change anything.
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/2/2012 10:08:06 AM , Rating: 3
If the court stated they didn't, in the laws eyes, they didn't and that's the fact. Not a hard concept to understand. But, that's right, you defend Apple no matter what.

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By JackBurton on 11/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: Doesn't change anything.
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/2/2012 10:31:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, because OJ has everything to do with this case... /s

Apples, Oranges...

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By JackBurton on 11/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: Doesn't change anything.
By Florinator on 11/2/2012 12:23:46 PM , Rating: 1
Nah, our entire legal system is useless, everyone is entitled to his or her own justice, forget about the court rulings...

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By bupkus on 11/5/2012 12:39:14 AM , Rating: 2
Apples, Oranges...
I like that. ;)

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/5/2012 8:12:47 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By V-Money on 11/2/2012 11:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
Ah yes, court facts. I guess OJ DIDN'T do it. Thanks for clearing that up.

Normally I wouldn't reply to an obvious troll, but since you brought it up...

...OJ Simpson was tried in a local Californian court where he was a popular local figure and the case went in his favor...

...Apple was tried in a local Californian court where it is a popular local business and the case went in its favor...

...Apple was tried in the UK for a similar case where it is not a local favorite and lost the ruling...weird...

The point is, if you are going to pick arbitrary unrelated events, at least pick one where trending can't be used against you.

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By JackBurton on 11/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: Doesn't change anything.
By simsony on 11/2/2012 1:40:40 PM , Rating: 4
I'm now embarrassed to keep my Apple products. It's becoming a mark of people who can't think for themselves!

Is that why Apple is successful? Because people are becoming less aware of the world? And need someone to tell them what they need to do!?

F**k me. I'm worried.

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By JackBurton on 11/2/12, Rating: -1
RE: Doesn't change anything.
RE: Doesn't change anything.
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/2/2012 2:12:42 PM , Rating: 3
Time to quit feeding the troll yo...

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By Noonecares on 11/2/2012 6:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
Makes me think of Scientology. Gotta pay to get into heaven, or into heaven on earth.

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By retrospooty on 11/2/2012 5:36:35 PM , Rating: 2
"No, the people that think for themselves realize Apple produces a higher quality more polished product than the competition."

ROFLMAO... Truly classic.

Thanks, you get the laugher of the day award.

RE: Doesn't change anything.
By B3an on 11/2/2012 10:09:44 AM , Rating: 2
Keep telling yourself that. The law in civilised countries says otherwise.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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