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Apple John Gruber illustrates the dangers of not having a clue about history: "The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple's innovation. It's the simplest, most obvious 'system' ever designed." Thanks for playing.
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RE: Oh the dangers of History.
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 20th Feb 2013 17:46 UTC in reply to "Oh the dangers of History."
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This is a picture of the Newton OS (which predates the Palm OS):
http://www.guidebookgallery.org/pics/gui/extra/newton/controlpanel....

I'm pretty sure can find something that predates that and maybe something else that predates that etc.


...then why bother?

Regardless, you've credited Palm countless time with the "invention"(?) of the mobile platform.


They are within the framework of Apple fanboy logic, where "popularise" == "invent". Devices running the Newton OSes don't count because they were spectacular failures as commercial products, and the fact that Newton devices were unpopular automatically means that they were crap. And obviously Palm wouldn't have taken inspiration from a pathetic failure like Newton, so all of PalmOS' features must have been created completely-independently & any similarity with Newton is clearly just a coincidence.

I could spell out the joke there, but I think it will be much more entertaining to watch iFanbois take that statement and argue against it.

Let's assume you're correct. Don't you find it sad then, that Palm who were the first ones to come up with this great idea, never really produced a great product with it?
Palm devices were a joke.


Not nearly as sad as the fact iOS is still playing catch up... to the old PalmOS, half a decade after it was discontinued. Sad in a pathetic kind of way, that is.

When the iPhone came out Colligan (Palm CEO) said "PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in". Well, they did.


Seriously? Never heard the expression about stones and glass houses, I take it... which reminds me, have you and the rest of the Apple Defense Brigade figured out how to rationalize-away Apple's flip-flop over 7" tablets? Or are you just using the strategy of "if we never bring it up, then maybe people will just forget"?

And the WebOS, we know what happened there.


Yes, it was superior to iOS in every way (except to the "durrrr, there's an app for that, durrrr" chimps) & only lost out because it was developed by a company that was already circling the drain, then sold to a company managed by special education drop-outs.

But hey, I hear webOS is Open Sores now. Maybe Apple could warm over the remains and then take credit for it, just like they did with the corpse of NeXT. They could call it "iOS Pro"...

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