GADGET DESIGNER Apple has offered a sort of 'apology' to its rival Samsung to satisfy a court order to publicly say sorry to the Korean phone maker.
Following a UK court's decision that Samsung's tablets do not infringe the design of the Ipad, Apple was told that it must make a public apology to Samsung, visible both on the web and in newspapers.
So Apple posted an 'apology' on its website today, and as you can probably guess, it's not much of an apology at all.
"9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001," Apple's half-arsed apology reads, although there's no mention of the word "sorry", or even the word "regrets", anywhere to be seen.
The cheeky apology goes on to point out that Samsung didn't copy the Ipad because it isn't "cool" and uses a quote from the UK judge that says Samsung's tablets "do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design".
Apple is also keen to point out that in other countries Samsung has been found to copy the Ipad.
"However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the Ipad design. A U.S. 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.
"So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular Ipad," Apple added.
Not very heartfelt, if you ask us. µ