Apple asked to reveal iPad sales numbers in Australian Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 suitAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Apple has so far been somewhat successful in its Australian suit against Samsung and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, getting the device's launch date pushed back while the case is still going on. Things may be changing soon, though, as the judge in the case has asked Apple to reveal its U.S. and U.K. iPad sales figures so it can be seen whether or not the Tab 10.1 has had an impact on the iOS tablet's sales. “Unless Apple puts on evidence showing the impact in the U.S. or U.K., I can’t draw any positive assumptions," Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett told Bloomberg.
Unsurprisingly, Samsung and its lawyer Neil Murray have taken the stance that the Tab 10.1 hasn't had any kind of effect on the iPad. "People want an Android product, so they will buy an Android product," Murray said. "This is not impacting the sales of Apple."
Justice Bennett has said that she won't force Apple to turn over its sales figures in the case, so it remains to be seen whether or not the Cupertino firm will indeed provide the its numbers. If it doesn't, though, Apple could end up hurting its chances of winning its case against Samsung and the Tab 10.1. A hearing on Apple's request for an injunction against the Tab 10.1 in Australia is scheduled for later this month. Anyone think that Apple will end up disclosing its sales figures?
Via Today's iPhone, Bloomberg Businessweek