Apple today before a Sydney court rejected Samsung’s seemingly practical proposal calling for the removal of certain Galaxy Tab 10.1 capabilities in exchange for a smooth tablet launch in Australia. Samsung reportedly agreed to take out the feature which ignores unintended touches on the home screen to prevent apps from being launched accidentally. Apple, it appears, instead wants a definite ruling on a temporary Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction, which should be expected later this week.
If the court sides with Samsung, it gets to launch its iPad rival in Australia in time for Christmas. If not, the case drags out into another year, possibly without a clear winner in sight. Remember, Samsung threatened to ban sales of the new iPhone in Korea the instant it launches. Apple is scheduled to unveil their next iPhone at a media event today in the Cupertino headquarters at 1pm ET, 10am PT. The event is headlined under the “Let’s talk iPhone” tagline, suggesting that the rumored Assistant feature will be in the focus, among other things.
Lawyers for the Cupertino, California-based Apple insist the Galaxy Tab 10.1 “is vastly the one that is going to be targeting the iPad 2”. According to Reuters, Apple lawyer Steven Burley made it clear that “the main reason we are here is to prevent the launch and maintain the status quo”. Note: The Wall Street Journal provides a live blog of today’s court hearing. Such a legal maneuvering on the part of the iPhone maker suggests that Apple isn’t interested in settling its dispute with Samsung out of the court unless, of course, unexpected legal setbacks arise.
This is the second blow in two weeks to Samsung’s efforts to make peace with Apple, its largest buyer of components such as NAND flash chips, custom-designed iPhone processors and displays.
Samsung first voluntarily agreed to temporarily cease sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet until either the dispute with Apple had been resolved or they had won court approval. It was reported last week that the Korean consumer electronics powerhouse offered Apple a secret deal that would see Samsung launch its tablet in the country with a reduced software functionality. Apple’s legal counsel Stephen Burley reportedly told Justice Bennett that Samsung’s “inconvenience would be diminished and we would be comforted” if the deal were to be accepted. Per Bloomberg, Samsung lawyer Neil Young said his client was “willing to abandon plans to launch the product because missing the Christmas season would result in the new tablet being ‘dead'”.
Cross-posted on 9to5Google.com.