Was Court Pic Of Galaxy Tab 10.1 Altered To Look Like iPad 2?

A Dutch tech publication, Webwereld.nl, had a closer look at the German complaint submitted by Apple against archrival Samsung, in a bid to prevent the latter from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe.

The document (via Scribd) was found to contain pictures of the Samsung tablet that seemed to have been slightly modified to look more like the iPad 2.

More specifically, Webwereld.nl (via PC Advisor) notes that the picture of the alleged Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been cropped and its aspect ratio - a vital metric - distorted.

The real Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an aspect ratio of 1.46 while the tablet in the picture submitted to the German court, had an aspect ratio of 1.36, an eight per cent difference.

The iPad 2 has an aspect ratio of 1.30 which means that Apple's legal team provided an image of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that did not look like the real one.

This blunder, as a Dutch lawyer puts it, is very unlikely to be a mistake given the very high stakes in play. On the other hand, some have suggested that Apple could have submitted the picture of a prototype of the Galaxy Tab although we highly doubt it.

It's also worth noting that the iPad 2 has a screen ratio of 4:3 compared to the 16:10 one that is standard on all other Android tablet devices.