Australian Judge Advises Apple To Disclose iPad Sales In U.S. And U.K. To Make Their Case Against Samsung Stronger

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The latest development in the Apple versus Samsung saga comes from Sydney, Australia where Federal Court judge Annabelle Bennett advised Apple to reveal their iPad sales figures in the United States and the United Kingdom to strengthen their case against Samsung. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, whose sales are put on hold in Australia by the court, has been available in the U.S. and U.K. markets since June.

Apple claims that the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia would considerably affect sales of the iPad since both the devices look similar in looks and functionality.

It is important to note that the judge hasn’t ordered or forced Apple to disclose the figures, in fact she even denied Samsung’s request to gain access to these numbers. She says:

“Apple’s claim that the Samsung tablet’s release in Australia will hurt iPad sales may carry little weight if it doesn’t provide the numbers. Unless Apple puts on evidence showing the impact in the U.S. or U.K., I can’t draw any positive assumptions.”

Samsung’s lawyers meanwhile argue, “people want an Android product, so they will buy an Android product, this is not impacting the sales of Apple”.

While Apple’s claims of “remarkable similarity of the Samsung product” in terms of “functionality and appearance” may be true to an extent, their argument of this affecting iPad sales doesn’t seem entirely right and may put them in an awkward situation. Apple themselves have admitted to selling iPads as fast as they can make, and if previous quarters any indicator of the future, their competitors have a long way to go, to match the sales of the iPad.

If Apple does reveal region specific sales figures of the iPad, it would give us a deeper insight into its users’ demographics which surely would benefit app developers a lot. Apple has never given a detailed breakdown of the sales of its iOS devices, instead announcing quarterly worldwide sales of its devices. Samsung on the other hand chose to not reveal any sort of information on the sales of its mobile devices for the last quarter saying that such numbers are better kept confidential.

How the Australian leg of this fight spanning three continents pans out would be clearer at the next hearing scheduled for later this month, but with multiple decisions in its favor Apple surely has enjoyed a good run till now.

[via Bloomberg]