It’s something lots of people would like to do, but Samsung may be in with a chance – as part of its trademark dispute with Apple, it’s asked a court to give it samples of the next iPhone and iPad.
“Samsung needs each of these items to evaluate whether a likelihood of confusion exists between the Samsung and Apple products that
will be in the market at the same time,” the motion reads.
Apple sees it differently, though: “Because Apple’s future products have no relevance to a preliminary injunction motion, we reject your request that Apple provide samples of such future products,” it told the court.
If US District Court Judge Koh takes Samsung’s side, Apple will have until June 17 to hand over the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 – or whatever they turn out to be called.
And, according to the motion, Apple’s lawyers agreed to do so at an earlier hearing, after Samsung was ordered to hand over its own products under development. It’s since handed over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 tablets, along with smartphones including the Galaxy S II, Droid Charge and Infuse 4G.
In fact, neither company gets to see the prototypes itself – only their outside lawyers.
The two companies have been fighting over the issue since April, when Apple claimed that Samsung was blatantly ripping off its own product designs. Even the packaging, it says, is a copy.
While Apple has for the past few years tended to release new iPhone models in midsummer, this year it’s expected to wait until September.