Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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by jigzat on Tue 31st Jul 2012 16:23 UTC
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I know I am going to get crucified for this but I don't think Apple is fighting touchscreen phones but more it's business model of course there is prior art in all this but how far in the past can we go? I mean Apple had the MessagePad A.K.A Newton long before, even Start Trek had the idea of touch devices. But if you look at the first Samsung's they copycat even the charging cable. Maybe they felt that they had the right to do so because they had been working with touchscreen phones.

Some people say that without Apple someone had come with the same idea and maybe they are right but the same idea does't mean is the same product and the same timeline and the same success.

Most companies like to milk up technology until is drained so I'm sure that without Apple we would have had the same technology. I think we would still be using the same kind of phones we had before 2006. Apple did open up the market and push the technology.

The only reason these companies were able to get their products out is because of Android and the fact that is virtually cost-free. It took almost 10 years for Apple an OS experienced company to mature an OS and come up with an great operating system ready touch-based mobile phones. Look how much has cost to Microsoft do the same thing with Windows Phone and we are talking about the cash cow Microsoft. And the most ironic thing is that the copycat master manage to come up with something truly unique.

Edited 2012-07-31 16:26 UTC

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