Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:17 UTC, submitted by jello
Apple So, how serious is the legal battle between Apple and the various Android phone makers, really? Surely, it's just logical business sense that's behind it, right? Calculated, well-planned precision strikes designed to hurt Android where simply making better, more innovative products isn't enough? Well, no, not really. We already knew Steve Jobs took this personal - now we know just how personal.
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Just on your first point: the idea of a stylus-free PDA phone experience had been in the works and actually implemented for a while before the iPhone. There were a bunch of finger-friendly skins developed for WinMo 5, and HTC had been working for their stylusless TouchFlo interface for a while before the iPhone was announced. Their first TouchFlo-based phone came out just around the time the iPhone was released, and very shortly after it was announced.

What was different about the iPhone was that the interface had been built from the ground up around a particular model of user interaction, rather than slapping a finger-friendly interface on an OS designed around rather different principles. This is something Apple has always been rather good at. But the idea of fingers rather than styli wasn't new - because of the obvious inconvenience of styli, it was something a range of people had been working on.

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