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This behaviour is the same on apple.de or apple.jp, so it's not just the UK site. Moreover, it was added only 2 days after the judgement was upheld:

    HEAD /v/home/n/scripts/hero_resize.js HTTP/1.1
    Host: www.apple.com
    
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Server: Apache
    **Last-Modified: Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:31:51 GMT**
    Accept-Ranges: bytes
    Content-Length: 632
    Content-Type: application/x-javascript
    Cache-Control: max-age=600
    Expires: Sat, 03 Nov 2012 17:04:23 GMT
    Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2012 16:54:23 GMT
    Connection: keep-alive

I believe this was before the homepage was altered to display the ruling. Moreover, this was also just 2 days before the iPad mini was announced. Far more likely this is just related to new product announcements than any nefarious scheme.



Well, theres a screenshot here:

http://i.imgur.com/KH555.jpg

They fudged with the sizes, through this script here or not.

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This only seems to occur on apple.com. The resizing behaviour happens on all country specific sites I've tried.

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The US site alternates between two different promotions, the iPad Mini and the iPad with Retina Display. Every other language's site (I've tried quite a few) which promotes the iPad Mini is showing just a single promotion and exhibits the resize behaviour.

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Yep. Here's an example from the Japan site, where you can see the repositioning of the iPad Mini graphic when the browser window is made larger. The UK site has the same behaviour. I don't think there's anything dodgy going on.

Before: http://imgur.com/5GgX3

After resize: http://imgur.com/8BW3T

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I don't see how it matters that the behavior was added before the text itself. It's more relevant that it was added after the judgement.

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So anything, any time, that alters the vertical spacing of the Apple homepage around the world, even if it's only 2 days before a major product roll-out is related to an 15pt font paragraph at the bottom of their UK homepage that no-one except the lawyers will even click on? Moreover, given that they've pissed off the judge once, their own lawyers won't have signed off on 5 times over?

I find that rather implausible, though I guess it's not impossible.

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In other words, plausible deniability in action.

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Considering the original snarky wording of their non-apology, I find it highly implausible that it's related to anything but.

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You won't find the same behavior on the identical "hero" and product elements of apple.com; far more likely that they want nothing leaking below the fold, on the non-US sites, and inviting users to scroll.

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http://apple.dehttp://apple.frhttp://apple.ithttp://apple.pl

http://apple.com is the outlier, always has been. It’s no surprise that it’s different.

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Hum... I donno. My understanding is that apple no longer redirects to .co.uk for UK users since the ruling. This seems a little convenient to me.

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That never happened anyway. Going to apple.co.uk, however, redirects to apple.com/uk

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Well, that at least is fairly new. apple.co.uk was until recently an illustration agency: http://web.archive.org/web/20110517201243/http://apple.co.uk... (Now apparently http://www.appleagency.co.uk/.)

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