28 Aug 2012

Apple court win likely to affect smartphone market

6:06 am on 28 August 2012

The victory of Apple in a patent case over its Samsung is expected to affect the whole smartphone market.

A federal jury in California on Friday found Samsung stole designs from Apple to create its own smartphones and computer tablets and awarded more than $US1 billion damages.

The infringements included the Apple's icons and the pinch and zoom feature on its smartphones and tablet devices.

A Radio New Zealand correspondent says Apple's victory will increase costs for all other smartphone makers as well, such as HTC and LG.