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Apple website coded to push Samsung apology off-screen

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Apple is running an amended statement of its apology to Samsung on its UK website, but the site is coded in such a way that users are forced to scroll down to see it regardless of screen resolution.

At the bottom of Apple's UK website, the notice now reads: "On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales."

However, Reddit member Poodlemastah highlighted JavaScript code which pushes the bottom 310 pixels of the website below the fold and commented: "Independent of screen resolution... this is blatantly just to get the statement out of view from most people."

A view of Apple's UK website with Javascript disabled, and the apology notice visable at the bottom of the page.
A view of Apple's UK website with Javascript enabled

[Left: a view of Apple's website with Javascript disabled and the apology notice visible at the foot of the page. Right: a view of Apple's website with Javascript enabled meaning the apology is pushed off-screen.]

Apple was ordered to publish a notice having lost its appeal against a High Court ruling that the Samsung Galaxy Tab does not infringe copyright.

Following the order, Apple acknowledged that Samsung did not copy the iPad but went on to mention other court cases where Samsung was found to have copied Apple products, angering judges who then ordered Apple to remove the notice on the grounds that it was "a plain breach" of the original request made by the court.

The notice was to remain on Apple's UK website for six months, and also be placed in several UK newspapers and magazines to mitigate the "damaging impression" that Samsung was a copycat.

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