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 Priest on Wed 1st Aug 2012 06:35 UTC in reply to "Oops"
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Samsung only has to prove their were designs like the iPhone on the market before the iPhone. Besides, the reason phones look the way they do is because it is an obvious implementation for touch screen technology.

Apple isn't making the claim they are the first to invent the idea of a touch screen.

If touch screen phones weren't a rectangle with a touch screen on one side then what else would they look like? Other electronics like monitors and digital photo frames already used that basic shape before phones did so Apple certainly didn't invent the rectangle with a screen on it.

Besides, Samsung had a photo frame in 2006 that had the same form factor as the iPad here:

It predates the iPad by 4 years. If that isn't enough here is a prototype tablet from 1994 that looks like the iPad:

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