Samsung has got a reprieve with its Galaxy Tab 10.1 as far as its sales in the European Union is concerned. For the tablet that Apple has found fault with will now be available in the EU until the next round of court proceedings take place. Apple and Samsung renew their legal rivalry on the 25 of August when Samsung will be allowed to put forward their cause. However, the injunction will continue to be in effect within Germany.
Also, the withdrawal of the injunction for the rest of the EU has more to do with the German court’s legal jurisdiction, as it certainly does not have the right to impose a ban that would be legal in all countries falling within the EU. The lifting of the injunction is also temporary as it will be valid only until August 25, which is when Samsung will get the chance to renew its efforts to prove its Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not share the look and feel of the iPad after all. Of course if the court then decides to rule in favor of Samsung, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will prevail over the iPad and all of this might soon be a thing of the past.
In fact, the latter bit does stand a chance as new reports that has emerged of the court battle point out to Apple having presented images and information that has been distorted to facilitate its efforts to put the Galaxy Tab in negative light.
For instance, a look at the image that was submitted by Apple as evidence of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 being similar in looks as the iPad reveal the Galaxy Tab having being squashed a bit to make it indeed look like the Apple tablet. The Samsung 10 incher has been shown to have an aspect ratio of 1.36 which is a lot closer to the 1.30 aspect ratio of the Apple iPad. This when the actual aspect ration of the production version Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 1.46. What this means is the iPad is more squarish in shape while the Galaxy Tab is more rectangular. Chances are that Apple has taken into consideration some pre-production version of the Galaxy Tab, though either way, the above does not stand a good chance of holding its ground.
Also the above is in addition to the already somewhat vague evidence put forward by Apple of 80 percent respondents of an online survey having found both the Samsung and Apple tablets to be quite similar looking.
In all, the next round of the Apple vs Samsung court battle has become more interesting.