Contrary to a report from German-language site Bluewin, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told MacRumors on Thursday that athletes are free to use iPhones and other devices without covering the logo. While current Olympic rules require athletes not to mention products that compete with sponsors' products, an exemption covers using products with logos that cover less than 10 percent of its surface.
The original story stemmed from coverage of the Swiss Olympic Team, including the Galaxy Note 3 smartphones Samsung gave every Olympic athlete. The Swiss team told Bluewin that they had to cover the Apple logos on their iPhones if they used them during the opening ceremonies. According to the IOC, that isn't the case.
The statement given to MacRumors:
No it is not true. Athletes can use any device they wish during the Opening Ceremony. The normal rules apply just as per previous Games.
The Samsung Note 3 that were distributed are a gift to the athletes, so they can capture and share their experiences at the Games, and the phones also contain important competition and logistical information for competing athletes.
I was quick to fire off an editorial on the topic mocking Samsung for wanting to deny reality. While it's possible that Samsung wanted competitors' logos covered, the fact that it's not a requirement completely negates the basis of that editorial.