Apple is forever accusing other companies of stealing its ideas and designs but in its current case against Samsung its South Korean rival submitted evidence that Apple watches and even wants to replicate what competitors are doing.
In court on Friday an internal Apple e-mail was submitted as evidence in which Apple executives discussed interest in a smaller version of the iPad, an interesting development considering late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' disparaging public comments about smaller tablets after Apple released its first iPad.
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The submission was part of a cross-examination of Scott Forstall, Apple's head of iOS software at Apple.
The Jan. 2011 email, written by Eddy Cue, head of Apple's Internet software and services, to Forstall, marketing chief Phil Schiller and current Apple CEO Tim Cook, mentions a conversation with then CEO Steve Jobs and cites a GigaOm story titled "Why I just dumped the iPad (Hint: Size Matters)".
Cue's email reads: