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+ - Early iPad prototype appears in litigation against Samsung-> 5

Submitted by danomac
danomac (1032160) writes "The litigation against Samsung has now turned up an early prototype of the iPad, from 2002. This prototype is shown against the article against the iPad 2 and Samsung's Tab 10.1, and it dwarfs both in size and thickness. It's almost as thick as a notebook.

Samsung is saying the early design isn't even close to what the Tab 10.1 is now. It does, however, feature the same rounded corners as the current generation iPad."

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Early iPad prototype appears in litigation against Samsung

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  • This is forgetting that the iPad 2 has exactly the same size and colour as the plastic board I used to cut bread for years before it came out!
    • by danomac (1032160)

      I posted it as I thought the prototype was interesting. They don't have the weight of that prototype disclosed, but I'll bet it was freaking heavy, probably 5 or 6 lbs.

      I almost wonder if the designed thought clamshells sucked and just decided to do away with it, and wound up with that.

      • My sarcastic answer wasn't at all oriented towards your post but rather toward the actual patent system.

        If inventors --- sorry - investors --- keep on using patents like they are ( shape - weight - size ), then we shouldnt be surprized they start to patent colour - material and why not natural states: 'My tablet is a solid: his should be liquid or gas to be different!'
  • My coffee table has round corners.
    Intersections (and road guttering) have round corners.
    The door on my microwave has round corners.
    Every phone I have owned has round corners.

    How can a company claim that they own round corners.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein