SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There's been no shortage of once-confidential information that has spilled out in recent days, just ahead of the beginning of the Apple vs. Samsung trial here, and today could have brought the biggest.
During the cross-examination of Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, Samsung's attorney attempted to get the executive to talk about a product that hasn't been announced yet.
In an attempt to get Schiller talking about design, Samsung attorney William Price asked Schiller whether the company's next model would look anything like existing versions, or if changes were around the corner.
Apple's legal team jumped up immediately, asking for U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh to overrule, saying it would be dilvulging confidential information. After a brief pause, Koh said she would let Price ask the question.
The courtroom went dead silent.
Schiller, looking visibly nervous, asked for confirmation of about what had just been asked for him.
"I prefer not to tell confidential information about future products," Schiller said.
Price did not press for more.
Apple is expected to roll out a new version of the iPhone next month, per numerous rumors. That event is rumored to take place on September 12, when this trial will presumably be wrapped up.