Always evolving, mobile technology has become quite competitive. Manufacturers are constantly going at it, suing each other for everything they can. Last month, Apple sued Samsung for copying the look and feel of the iPhone’s hardware and software. Taking Apple’s side, the court decided (last week) that Samsung would hand over samples of their upcoming devices to be further analyzed. Only one condition was established – Apple would not have direct access to these devices, and the hardware would instead have to be inspected by Cupertino’s outside lawyers only. Such devices would be the following: Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy S II, Infuse 4G, and Droid Charge.
Though said devices were already announced, and much details about them are known, it seems like Samsung is trying to play things extra safely. Proving that it will not keep its arms crossed about the situation, Samsung has just requested that Apple turn in its unannounced, upcoming devices for inspection as well, which include the upcoming iPhone and iPad (Specific names are unknown, but probably something along the lines of iPhone 5 and iPad 3).
The claim is that Samsung would like to have some type of ground to stand on, in order to defend itself from Apple’s upcoming legal actions (or maybe make some changes?). Of course, Samsung agrees to abide by the same rules placed upon Apple, allowing only lawyers to have access to these devices, not Samsung staff/executives.
Samsung’s move will surely make the situation much more heated than it already is. This company’s main concern is that the the upcoming Apple devices will be the ones taken into consideration (not the present ones) if Apple decides to take further action.
We will have to wait and see how Apple responds to this. Given the fact that Apple has not even announced details about the requested devices, it seems unlikely that they will easily give in to such a request. Samsung might simply be trying to make the process longer and more complicated for Apple, for reasons unknown to us.
Though I am biased toward Samsung (I am an Android fan), Apple’s devices are probably not even far into their testing and development. Samsung asking for their final products, and even packaging, seems simply unreasonable (We all know that all Apple devices are very similar anyways). What are your opinions on this? What do you think Samsung’s intentions are? Do you think Apple will be forced to turn over the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 (If that happens, hopefully we get some leaks!).