Apple tells Samsung what to do in order to avoid legal trouble

Ammar Malik
Dec 5, 2011

I’ve been staying as far away from this Apple/Samsung mess as I possibly can. I have no interest in patents and any crap related to these matters. The only thing I am or was interested in knowing was who would eventually win this battle and who would suffer more; Apple, Samsung or the end consumer. That is when I stumbled upon this list of modifications the Apple legal team has provided to Samsung for them to avoid any more legal trouble. Initially you’d think it’s nice of Apple to finally lay it out in the open what it wants from Samsung. But wait till you get a load of the contents of this list.

On the smartphone side of things, the following is a list of some of the alternative design options Apple felt Samsung should have looked into further:

  • Front surface that isn’t black.
  • Overall shape that isn’t rectangular, or doesn’t have rounded corners.
  • Display screens that aren’t centered on the front face and have substantial lateral borders.
  • Non-horizontal speaker slots.
  • Front surfaces with substantial adornment.
  • No front bezel at all.

As for tablets, Apple identified a similar list of alternative designs available to Samsung:

  • Overall shape that isn’t rectangular, or doesn’t have rounded corners.
  • Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
  • Front surface that isn’t entirely flat.
  • Profiles that aren’t thin.
  • Cluttered appearance.