If you live in Australia and you’ve been meaning to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 you may be out of luck. If you can recall Apple and Samsung are still embroiled in a legal dispute over patent infringement and product likeness, with Apple claiming that Samsung had copied the designs of their iPhone and iPad.
Initially there was some fear that the Samsung Galaxy S II will not be making an appearance in the US as Apple may be seeking an injunction that would prevent Samsung from selling some of their products, but as it turns out Apple may have gotten a small victory with the halt of sales for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
Before Android fans get all riled up claiming it was unfair of Apple to request the halt of sales, it’s important to note that Samsung was the one who agreed to the halt and in fact they offered Apple three units of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was meant to be sold in Australia (so that Apple’s lawyer could take a good look at them). We’re not sure why Samsung agreed to this, perhaps to make themselves look like they are cooperating in hopes that perhaps Apple would ease off the pressure in their other sales regions (but why would Apple do that), or may be to avoid a definitive legal conclusion (and possibly precedent) that would not be in their favor?
The court proceedings in Australia will resume on the 29th of August but for now it looks like Apple has the upper hand. What do you think? After all, a tablet is a display… shouldn’t they all look very similar?