Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Aug 2012 17:43 UTC
Legal We all know about Apple's look-and-feel lawsuit against Microsoft over Windows 2.0, but this wasn't the only look-and-feel lawsuit Apple filed during those years. Digital Research, Inc., the company behind GEM, also found itself on the pointy end of Apple's needle. Unlike the lawsuit against Microsoft, though, Apple managed to 'win' the one against DRI.
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More irony (though more loosely related)
by zima on Thu 30th Aug 2012 21:31 UTC
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A few years later, MacOS 7 was apparently ported to the PC... where that "superior" (or so the narrative goes - oh, and a base for Macintosh OS until 9) OS ran on top of DOS, just like Win 3.x or GEM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_project

Icing on the cake: the CEO under which the costly m68k -> PowerPC migration happened, admitted that this was a mistake, that Apple should have went with Intel back then already...
http://macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=7045
(but it being a mistake seemingly didn't stop the PR machine, the cult, like with the ridiculous campaign of "PowerPC 'supercomputer on a chip' G4" based on a few hand-picked SIMD benchmarks)


PS. And in the general spirit of pointing out ~contemporary tech from the past - beside Newton and Tandy Zoomer there was also... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amstrad#1990s

In 1993 [...] Amstrad released the PenPad, a PDA similar to the Apple Newton, and released only weeks before it. It was a commercial failure, and had several technical and usability problems. It lacked most features that the Apple Newton included, but had a lower price at $450.

While seemingly a quite horrible device (links in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PenPad ) ...that's beside the point - all of those very early models were more or less horrible, anyway (starting with the basic idea of handwriting recognition - can you read reliably even your own handwriting, NVM from other people?)

Edited 2012-08-30 21:42 UTC

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