Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:17 UTC
Legal I stopped following all the patent trolling in the mobile industry months ago because, you know, I have a life, but apparently some big ruling just got handed down in the United States: using three software patents, a patent troll from Cupertino has been given an injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, imposing a ban on the device. This patent trolling has to stop, blah, blah, we've all been here before. If you need me, I'll be over there on the sofa remembering the good old days when Cupertino was famous for great products, instead of infamous for its patent troll.
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On the very front page of this website there's an article which praises Apple for their contribution to the smartphone market. Apple undoubtedly innovated in this area, and I think its pigheaded to simply brush aside those innovations.

Innovation? Really? No doubt that Apple have changed the smartphone market dramatically. But being the first to demonstrate that something can be viable and desirable, is not the same as innovating.

Take a look at this:

The only real difference between IBM's Simon (1992), and the iPhone is the 15 years of technology and manufacturing advances that made it possible, and Google technology. Conceptually, they are the same device - multifunction, touchscreen only.

And even if you want to talk about multi-touch gestures, Apple certainly didn't invent them. Apple *bought* the company that did most of the work in the early 2000s, only 2 years before launching the iPhone.

Although Pierre Wellner published a paper covering the same ground - in 1991.

No doubt Apple have pushed the boundaries of what is physically achievable at (high end) consumer prices, and built a formidable business. And they make some very good products. But they are nowhere near as innovative as they have successfully fooled people into believing.

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