little rascal

Remember when you were in grade school, and your parent or teacher told you to apologize to the other kid? And you'd reply, "I'm sorry that Johnny has a big stupid face and he made me want to punch it"? Apple's been doing the same thing, except in this case the kids are billion-dollar international companies. With big stupid faces.

sneaky sneaky

By now you've probably seen Apple's original apology to Samsung, ordered by the UK court to punish the company's assertion that Samsung wholly copied the iPad design. And you've seen the rewritten apology that the court forced Apple to post, after finding the original (which included statements that US and German courts found otherwise) somewhat lacking. It turns out that Apple's desire to skirt around the ruling of the UK court knows no bounds, or at least, no bounds on your computer monitor. Reddit user Dismiss discovered that the footer on Apple's United Kingdom page, which holds the mandated link to the apology, has been moved to just below the viewing area.

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It doesn't matter what your native desktop resolution is: even on a 2560x1600 display (like the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display!) the footer is below the initial viewing area. You'll never see it unless you scroll down. Apple's home page in the US, sans apology, is unaffected. While the judge in Apple's UK case didn't take kindly to the passive aggressive first draft ending in "Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad," it's unlikely that they'll order Apple to remove the revised code. To comply with the ruling, Apple must keep the notice on its homepage until December 14th.

Reddit - Apple re-sizes website so that the Samsung apology statement is out of clear view

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    People will say it's on the other sites too, however they probably asked for "14 days" so that they could try and hide this trick.

  • KP

    clever bastards

  • heat361

    They don't even have the b*lls to admit their wrong where people can see it smh

    • RajivSK

      Don't take it so seriously, I mean, yeah yeah apple is bitches and all but this is quality entertainment man. LMAO

  • http://twitter.com/SyncV2 SyncV2

    It would be awesome if someone could send this to Samsung or the judge.

  • droidmike

    what a mess, gah!

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    First innovative or creative thing Apple has done since the original iPhone.

    • Cherokee4Life

      its a cowardly thing but come on did anyone really expect anything else? I assumed they would have done this from the beginning.

    • Anon

      You stole that from the threads comments..

    • RajivSK

      I agree, it must have been one funny meeting where they came up with this.

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  • beano311

    Didn't the judge tell them they were being childish and he didn't expect that kind of atitude from a multi-billion dollar company the first time?

  • http://profiles.google.com/tonycerdais Tony Cerda

    Only way to assure that EVERYBODY sees it, is to keep writing stories about it. Please write more on this or retweet this story every day! I'll retweet you guys every time I see it cross my time line! LOL!

  • http://profiles.google.com/borcegeorgiev Borce Georgiev

    Pussies will be pussies forever. At least they should admit that without Samsung they're lost

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=714859472 Rajvir Singh

    I hope Samsung do something about this and take them to court again.. Rub it in on Apple's face as hard as you can Sammy..

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    is this surprising to anyone? realistically, the court order should've been more specific, or it should've given them the exact text and placement.... especially after apple did the first version. this is just another sideshow in the patent circus

    • Jameslepable

      let's be honest am sure the judge didn't expect this behaviour from apple. hell I don't like them and I didn't expect it.

      • Dan

        Anyone who didn't expect this is painfully naive. The judge screwed up by leaving any decision making to Apple in this matter. There should have been specific text to be used, specific font size, and specific placement on the screen.

        • Jameslepable

          Well we British aren't generally petty. So I imagine the judge would give one of the largest companies n the world the benefit of the doubt that they wouldn't do it properly.

  • http://twitter.com/vinceklein Vince Klein

    Does it matter? I mean once all appeals and mother of appeals are decided the industry will be looking at Android 6 and WP 10 as competitors to dinosaur os. It might be a pain to negotiate through all the current legal squabbles and for smaller companies such as HTC it can be very hurtful, but the overall pace of the industry and limited legal geographic reach will render this yrs´ court rulings moot.

  • Velmeran

    Walking a really narrow line; not sure I'd want to be any of the Apple lawyers involved with this case at this point in time. Could so easily be held in contempt with their antics as of late.

    Given that the court was trying to send a message about lawsuits of this nature with their decision to have Apple apologize on their site and in the papers -- I can't imagine they'll be happy when they hear about this latest action on Apple's part.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    Let's point out all the glaring issues with this alleged conspiracy.

    1. On a 1080p monitor at full length and standard font size / DPI in Chrome, IE, and Firefox, I wouldn't be able to see the legal statement even if it did scale like the US version of the site. For those few souls with 1920x1200 or larger displays that are scaled such that it would be possible, OK, but that is indeed a very small group.

    2. We're assuming everyone browses the web with browser windows extended to their full vertical length? Have you met... people? Have you seen how insanely bad most of them are at computers in general?

    3. This formatting is used in numerous international Apple sites outside of Europe (including Australia and Japan), and the notice is ONLY REQUIRED TO BE PLACED ON THE UK WEBSITE. This is NOT a Europe-wide statement. All of the Apple EU sites use this formatting.

    4. The formatting itself actually makes sense! It maximizes the amount of space the products take up on the screen and automatically resizes with the browser window. It's simply better than the other version.

    I'm sorry, but this is a witch hunt looking for something that, frankly, doesn't even seem to be there. I cannot agree that this is all some clever ruse to hide the court ruling - putting it at the bottom of the page, regardless of visibility otherwise, is enough to ensure most people will never read it anyways.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

      Let me tell you why people mention the us site. The us site doesn't resize. Look at your 1080p monitor on the US site, now look at your 1080p monitor on the UK site. The UK site is RESIZED to hide the bottom section and the US site isn't resized. Your number 2 doesn't even make any sense, if Apple realized this, there wouldn't be a need to make such script. It's not a conspiracy, it's just facing facts, javascript can't hide easily, take a look at it yourself.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        At this point, I'm just assuming you can't read, because A.) you clearly don't understand my first point - read it again, B.) you've already decided that this must be intentional, so why even bother being rational about it? Let's just burn Apple at the stake and be done with it.

        • Alex Flynn

          So explain this then:

          var HeroResize=AC.Class({initialize:function(b){this._height=null;this._hero=$(b);
          if(typeof window.ontouchstart==="undefined"){this.resizeHero();Event.observe(window,"resize",this.__boundResizeHero)
          }},setHeight:function(b){this._height=(b<0)?0:b;return this._height},resizeHero:function(){this.setHeight(parseInt(window.innerHeight||(window.document.documentElement.clientHeight||window.document.body.clientHeight),10)-310);
          this.hero().style.height=this.height()+"px"}});Event.onDOMReady(function(){var b=new HeroResize("billboard")

          See that -310 there? Know what that does?

          • Matthew Fry

            I suppose it all comes down to whether or not the UK site was updated with both the notice and the 310 px resizing script at the same time and whether or not this was updated to the other Euro sites at the same time to hide that fact.

        • Josh

          The US version of the site does not resize. The resizing code was added to the UK version at the same time as the court-ordered statement. This resizing did not occur on the homepage prior to this. There is no question that this was deliberate.

        • tvBilly

          Nonsense David. All of apple monitors are 16x10 not 16x9, so your example #1 ("those few souls") is clearly wrong. I think the court should fine apple a HUGE amount for what they just did to circumvent the spirit of what the court ruled, and should make them put it in 24 point type right at the top.

        • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

          Yes I understood it. I have a 1080p monitor and I can easily fit the apology on the US page. I'm trying to be rational just like you're trying to be rational. There's two sides to the story, and I'll stick to what I can see with my own eyes.

          • Mikael Guggenheim

            The part I find more more strange is the reports of those in the UK that go to apple.com and ends up on the US site instead of on the UK site like before.

        • dontbanme

          You say it's not intentional but the scripting says otherwise, straw-manning it as a witch hunt isn't going to do you any favors when the evidence is right there in people's faces.

    • Russ

      For you to put this much effort into refuting the obvious with
      assumptions is really weak. The change in the sizing of the UK page
      happened after the new court order. You know what they did was continue
      to be non-compliant. Why defend them? If they act like witches, they should be treated as such.

    • donttrollmepeople

      i agree that this should be a non-issue. but it does seem that apple tried to hide it.

      luckily the earth will still be spinning tomorrow.

  • Mike Loomis

    Jeremiah wins the intenets with that first paragraph. Well done!

  • Josh

    I have also read that, if someone in the UK types "www.apple.com" into their browserr, they are redirected to the US site, whereas they would previously be redirected to the UK site. Can anyone confirm this?

    Also, didn't the ruling state that they homepage had to contain the statement itself, not just a link to it?

  • QwietStorm

    This is kind of depressing now. They're gonna sell a gazillion units to the same people every quarter and roll in dough anyway, so just man up and take your licks.

  • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

    Someone must check the prison cells from inside.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beargeek Michael Bearfoot

    They changed the U.S. site to hide the footer now as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

      Yes and no, It only resizes when you open the page, if you manually zoom in and out nothing happens, on the uk site however you can see that the site resizes a few times when you zoom in and out.

  • J. Gilbertson

    if you view it on a tall monitor (widescreen flipped on its side, i program all day) or on a phone/tablet in portrait mode it will show the disclaimer so ha! take that apple! you can't hide from everyone...

  • Ian Frankham

    another thing I've noticed is that I used to be redirected to the UK home page if I went to apple.com. now however I'm sent to the US home page, despite being in the UK... somewhat fishy if you ask me...

  • http://www.facebook.com/ncoulombe Nathan Coulombe

    Samsung should just stop providing silicon for Apple products. See how long they make it in a market that is unwilling to work with them.

  • onpoint G

    This really grind my gears now I will have to tell every Big Wig's wives to lick me till it feels nice...that will show them lol

    • John O’Connor

      grinds my gear ROFLMFAO! And yes that is one of my mobile numbers **ROFLMFAO

  • noobschoolbus

    I am almost regretting purchasing my first Mac 12 years ago when Apple was the cool underdog. Now it makes me sick to be part of this smug company.

  • leoingle

    i wish the UK courts would stop playing with them and just ban their products from the country if they cant comply to the order. I bet Apple wont be laughing then.

  • Jon Garrett

    the judge should let Samsung write it and decide where to post it.

  • jason

    i will be happy when the same apple is nothing but a memory , hope they all go bankrupt and are never seen from again !

  • http://twitter.com/PlowRox Plow Rox

    The UK Court should impose a YEAR long BAN and a major fine on apple products! Then the next time they SNARKY the court they can taste the worm big time!

  • anywherehome

    rotten Apple....like a baby

  • Pieter Harmse

    I think the fine folks at Anonymous should have a little fun with the apple UK homepage ;) Pretty please!

  • József Király

    Next time the judge will directly specify, what, how and where should Apple post about this case on their UK website. Also, they should extend the notice time, as Apple failed to comply with the first ruling for months.

  • matt

    Apple should pull out of the UK. They will more than make up for it from our countries.

  • http://profiles.google.com/deepmenace nick bowers

    after the child doesnt apologise properly you tell the child EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY, not give it another chance.