SHINY TOY MAKER Apple could slap its bitter rival Samsung with yet another lawsuit after the Korean manufacturer unveiled plans to ship a white version of its Galaxy S II smartphone.
Apple is already suing Samsung for "slavishly copying" the designs of the Iphone 4 and Ipad 2. Many would have thought this would lead Samsung to be a little bit more careful about future devices, but no.
Samsung appears to be laughing in the face of legal action, as its latest strategy is to release a white version of its flagship device, although its reasoning appears completely innocent.
"[Following] the success of the original Galaxy S II released in May this year, the popular handset will now be available in white in the UK," the Korean firm said.
However, no one actually knows the exact sales figures for the Galaxy S II. Samsung has yet to confirm to The INQUIRER the figure of 5 million units shipped that has been bandied about.
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs is likely to think that Samsung is trying to ride on the back of the success of the white Apple Iphone 4. After all, the mystical white device did whip up Apple fanbois into a frenzy, driving sales of the ageing smartphone.
With the cappuccino company always ready to claim ownership over everything that has ever been successful, such as the term 'App Store', Apple's lawyers will no doubt try to argue that the white Iphone was original and that no one else should be allowed to even think about using the same colour, let alone ship such a device.
It wouldn't be surprising to see Apple try to get an injunction before the proposed release date of 1 September.
Still, even if Apple sues and Samsung doesn't manage to get the white Galaxy S II smartphone to market, at least it can have the comfort of knowing that it has never charged a customer 122 times for a piece of software. µ
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