Samsung copies Apple again… really?

As sick as I am of reporting on and reading about the Apple/Samsung lawsuit, I really couldn’t resist this story. For those that don’t know, Apple and Samsung are engaged in a riveting tiresome legal battle that basically boils down to “You’re a copycat!” “No, you’re the copycat!” Real hard-hitting stuff here…

All joking aside, though, the lawsuit has been going on for quite some time and both companies have made fairly accurate accusations of patents being infringed upon. That is why I was so surprised to see the new Samsung authorized Smart Case for the Galaxy Tab. This thing looks identical to Apple’s smart cover, down to the size of the foldable sections of the front. It’s absurd.

On top is the Smart Case, bottom is Apple's Smart Cover

Oh, but wait, it gets crazier. You see, this case isn’t just any cheap knock-off. It’s manufactured by a company called Anymode, the CEO of which just happens to be the nephew of Samsung’s former chairmen (allegedly, anyway). Though, regardless of the supposed family ties between the two companies, it is undeniable that Samsung supports the case and the company.

Apparently products manufactured by Anymode are being sold across Korea in in Samsung’s A/S center. What’s more, official Samsung branding has appeared in promotional images for the Smart Case.

All in all I’d say the name is pretty ironic, considering this is one of the least intelligent things Samsung could have done. Not only does it completely undermine everything Samsung has been saying in court, but it shows that the company truly have no regard for the patents held by Apple. I mean, tech companies copying one another is part of the business, but there is no excuse for such a blatant rip-off.

What’re your thoughts on this? Has Samsung gone too far with this one, or do you think it’s within the boundaries of acceptable copying? Comment below or send me a tweet!

 

Via: 9to5 Mac, App Advice

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  • Zeadaplaya

    Blatant ripoff? Wanna talk about those? Look at iOS 5, and android 1.6 Im not defending android im just saying copying is a part of development of technology and buisness. You can either be with it or be a hypocrite saying you want technology to further develop but dont want companies to copy each other.

    • David

      Apple didn’t copy Android, they took one of the best notification systems and made it better and more Apple like. But this isn’t like that at all, they literally took the smart cover and put it on the Galaxy Tab. No making it Samsung-like, no design differences, literally. That’s stupid.

      • 23FlyT

        Spoken Like A True Fanboy ,,,Seeing How iOS5 Takes Androids Notification System , Windows Phone 7′s Camera Feature To Swipe Over & See Recent Pictures , and Takes Blackberry’s BBM & Calls It iMessage . Yeah Apple iOS5 Is Truely Original , They Never Copy Anyone

        • NotApple

          I love the term Fanboy…, but I think you have spoken Like A True Fanboy yourself.  All these arguments have the same two sides, and your argument is not original 23FlyT or your passionate hate for anything Apple.  

    • Anonymous

      You don’t get the point, the author says that Copying happens it tech, but Samsung should know better than to back these cases. It doesn’t Apple shake the image of being a copy cat, Judge in the case is already feeling that Samsung has copied Apple because of the report that Samsung rushed to redesign the Tab 10.1 in light of the iPad 2. Now, they have a case that has the same colors and look as Apple’s, backed by them, just makes them look very bad.

  • Zeadaplaya

    Blatant ripoff? Wanna talk about those? Look at iOS 5, and android 1.6 Im not defending android im just saying copying is a part of development of technology and buisness. You can either be with it or be a hypocrite saying you want technology to further develop but dont want companies to copy each other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ferraripower Andrew Benner

    i think they’re just doing it for the kicks, and may never actually sell it. probably just doing it to see what apple will have to say it. i didn’t think the smart cover was patented anyways.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ferraripower Andrew Benner

    i think they’re just doing it for the kicks, and may never actually sell it. probably just doing it to see what apple will have to say it. i didn’t think the smart cover was patented anyways.

  • Lewisakid

    I wonder what they said about the iphone rip offs. Seriously…. it’ss just a case apple… tut tut tut

    • Reise-reise

      I would be pissed if someone took my idea after I took my time and effort to create it. Of course it’s just a case right?

      • Niiiiiiice

        You’re right. InCase should be pissed Apple stole their design for the Smart Cover.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588465683 Abram Lopez

    Technically, Apple ripped off the concept from the “InCase Convertivble Magazine Jacket.”  While They improved it to fit the iPad with the magnets and such, it’s still a rip off.  In all honesty, the Samsung case more closely resembles the InCase Jacket than Apples does. So they are both rip offs.

  • Weekijoon

    apple will not be happy

  • Whataboutfrank@yahoo.com

    As far as I’m concerned Apple is really the only legit company to actually produce products that are revolutionary and actually work. Things like the IPhone, IPad actually force other companies to have to compete. Instead of just ripping off what apple has or try to quickly come out with a product similar to a Apple product with slight improvements why don’t they use there imagination to come out with there own thing. When they do maybe I’ll buy there product but I’m worn out of crappy stuff that never lives up to what it is advertised to do.

  • Anonymous

    Apple has a history of copying other tech and ignoring patents and trademarks. They ripped off the name iphone from another company that had been using the name for their device for years before apple came along.

    They’ve sued amazon for using the phrase “app store”. They sue anyone who calls anything i(insert name here). I think apple needs to get over themselves, especially if this particular item can’t be used with any tablet of similar size.

  • Twistedsynopsis

    Sue their asses!

  • Koliajewell

    your done samsung. you’ve gone too far and now you’ve been caught in your own lie.

  • http://twitter.com/CalebShifflett Caleb Shifflett

    Can’t wait to see how this plays out in court… If Apple’s Smart Cover is patented, Samsung is in for a bumpy legal battle. The argument of consumers that this conduct is how technology evolves and develops has no affect when it comes to a company basically reproducing a very similar product of the copyrighted products of another business. It is illegal, and “Sammy” will have to answer to Uncle Sam this time. 

    • Guest

      How will Samsung be in for “a bumpy legal battle” when Samsung didn’t even make this cover? Learn how to think instead of brainlessly accepting news like a sheep.

      • http://twitter.com/CalebShifflett Caleb Shifflett

        One may ask Samsung “Why would you do business with a company who designed something so similar to something of the company you are in a patent-law case with? Your defense is that you have not infringed upon Apple’s work yet you are entertaining accessories that seem to clone just that.”

        So, since I’m “brainlessly” thinking, please help me; how could Samsung’s defense be reputable? It is a risky business move and one that is causing havoc in their defense. 

        • Guest

          LOL wow. Resorting to deleting my comments now because all you can do is suppress the truth? Here it is again.

          Get real and get your head out of Apple’s a$$.

          You specifically claimed and implied that Samsung would get in trouble for COPYING Apple, not “entertaining accessories” made by a 3rd party company. Dont try to sing a different tune after getting called out.

          Anyway all of this is moot since Apple blatantly ripped off InCase’s cover design, which you conveniently ignore.

          So when a 3rd party company makes something similar to another company’s product, you blame…….Samsung? But when Apple directly rips off InCase and directly sells the rip off, you turn a blind eye?

          Yea. Brainless sounds right. Or even worse, intentionally dishonest. If that’s what it is, you might get a few brainless sheep to listen to you, but remember. You still have to live everyday knowing inside that you are nothing but a liar. How’s that for a guilty conscience?

          • http://twitter.com/CalebShifflett Caleb Shifflett

            I’m not an administrator at TodaysiPhone so I do not have the authority to delete your comments. If someone from TodaysiPhone removed your comment I believe it was in their best interest and hope that you would continue to support this organization. I have spoken my opinions to the fullest and cannot express my feelings of this matter anymore. I do thank you for your interest in TodaysiPhone and hope in the future that you would continue to be involved in the community dialogue.

  • ray

    judicial suicide. 

  • http://twitter.com/BCkid1212 Brandon Campbell

    O.K. I know that Apple sues people like crazy but really, now Samsung is just asking for it. COME UP WITH YOUR OWN IDEAS FOR ONCE!!!

    • Hope

      Yea Apple, come up with your own ideas for once.

      I mean Jeff Han first created what’s used on Apple’s touch interface.
      LG first designed the Prada.
      Cisco first came up with the name iPhone.
      InCase first designed what’s essentially the Smart Cover.

      When is Apple going to stop this copying rampage?

      • guest

        So you are condoning this behavior or what?  Or is your goal to simply bash Apple?

        • anonymous

          The humor seems to have flown right over your head. He’s turning an obviously ridiculous statement from Brandon up on its head.
          So listing facts is nothing more than “to simply bash Apple”? Why so sensitive?
          And what is “this behavior” that you’re alluding to? Did Samsung make this case? Is there even something to condone or not condone?
          Why don’t you address your comment to Brandon instead who actually is bashing someone by spreading false ideas.

  • PHILLIP STAGG

    This is not a complete rip off of an Apple product..  The tri-fold style has been around for a long time.  You can search Amazon for a tri-fold case and find dozens of variations. I will grant the fact that the look and color is very similar. 
     
    Also if you look closer you will notice that the version for the Galaxy Tab is on the longest side of the tab, where the ipad is on the shortest side.  With the tab in the position shown above it offers a landscape typing position for a more natural feel and larger area when typing.

  • Ryan

    Why is this even news?

    Samsung DID NOT MAKE THIS. End of story.
    Stop trying to stir controversy from nothing.

    But if you really want to get down to it, Apple shamelessly copied everything first. They copied InCase’s cover design first. Not to mention Jeff Han’s touch technology and the LG Prada.

    More yellow journalism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djpunzo Phil Punzo

    even if samsung took the smart cover idea from apple, apple also took the idea from android with notifications. I had android when the g1 came out and it synced my contacts, calenders, documents and etc.. to my phone without a cord like they are doing now with ios5. That was in the first android phone and now its finally on their new software. Twitter integration has been around also so who did apple copy on that one?   I don’t think company’s are being rip offs. They just are using an Idea another company came up with which is done by everybody. And listen to what the customers are looking for in a product. For example PC Games, Commodore’s Amiga CD32, Sega Saturn, XBOX, PlayStation, Wii i don’t see them suing each other for having video games on Cd’s and being able to play them on their console’s. LOL  pretty soon volume rockers, vibration, video cameras, led notifications, speakerphone, earpieces, 3mm jacks, stupid stuff like that people are going to start suing over. Apple is starting a trend and its getting out of hand. If they say they are the best in the business then why are they suing the ones that are being good competitors? A good competitor makes you a stronger company.  thats just my 2cents. Go ahead and bash my post but im just speaking my mind which a blog/forum is for.

  • Undecided

    Car companies copy each other all the time. It’s called progress.

  • http://www.breslowmd.com/ TamicaFishman

    I’d say the name is pretty ironic, considering this is one of the least intelligent things.
     
    http://www.crittercures.com/