A basic Photoshop job could have Apple’s legal team in over their heads. According to an investigation executed by Webwereld.nl, a Dutch IDG publication, Apple and its lawyers have most likely led the judge of a Düsseldorf court down a rabbit hole by manipulating a picture of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to render it visually identical to the iPad 2. Discovered on page 28 of the German complaint, a picture of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is aligned next to the iPad 2 with supplemental text that states the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is “practically identical” to the iPad 2. In reality, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not have a 4:3 aspect ratio like the iPad 2, but rather a 16:10 aspect ratio, which means Apple’s legal team used a little “Command T” action in Photoshop to stretch it wider. The image of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was then most likely scaled down to perfectly match the dimensions of the iPad 2. Very crafty, indeed, Apple.

Our leader of the herd, Jon Rettinger, just snapped this picture of his iPad 2 next to a Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the difference is beyond obvious. Besides, Samsung mounts the built-in camera along the horizontal edge while Apple mounts it along the vertical edge. And the backs of both tablets are aesthetically different.

iPad 2 Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Apple’s Photochop:

Apple-Faulty-EvidenceGranted, this was one image in the Complaint amidst several other images from different angles, but the fact that Apple would alter an image on a court document is something to think about. Do you think this was some sort of mistake, or was this a deliberate move by Apple?