‘I Have No Idea What An iPad Even Is,’ Says Potential Apple-Samsung Juror

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The most shocking revelation to come out of jury selection for the latest Apple-versus-Samsung trial isn’t that the Silicon Valley jury pool is loaded with people connected to one of the two companies. It’s that one potential juror claims ignorance when it comes to Apple’s nearly ubiquitous tablet.

“I’m kind of a dinosaur,” said one potential juror Monday. “I don’t even know what a iPad is.”

We could understand if they had never heard of the Galaxy Tab. But with hundreds of millions of iPads sold, and Apple spending tons of advertising dollars, it’s almost impossible to imagine anybody could be completely clueless about the device.

Judge Lucy Koh is overseeing jury selection in the San Jose, California, courtroom as the latest chapter of the patent battle between Apple and Samsung unfolds. Apple wants $2 billion in damages, claiming in the lawsuit that Samsung’s devices violate five patents. Samsung accuses Apple of similar wrongs.

So far, it has been difficult to find potential jurors without conflicts of interest.

Several candidates have been dismissed for owning shares in Apple or Samsung, but tweets from observers have turned up other, more interesting, tidbits about the jury pool:

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Alex HeathAlex Heath is a journalist and co-host of The CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." He lives in Lexington, Kentucky. If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Follow him on Twitter.

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