Apple recently requested that Samsung start designing its tablets differently. Why? So as not to infringe on the iPad’s precious design.
What would Samsung’s next tablet look like if Apple had its way? The answer: really, really bad.
This is what Apple’s lawyers proposed to Samsung:
- Overall shape that isn’t rectangular, or doesn’t have rounded corners.
- Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
- Front surface that isn’t entirely flat.
- Profiles that aren’t thin.
- Cluttered appearance.
That translates to Samsung making a fat, “cluttered” tablet with a thick bezel in the shape of an octagon. Let’s see how well that sells.
Apple told Samsung to make the worst tablet imaginable. As Thomas Baekdal eloquently describes on Baekdal, Apple didn’t design the iPad, it undesigned it. The iPad is the “core essence” of what a tablet device should be. Apple asking Samsung to make something totally contradictory to common sense is pompous and condescending.