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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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BallmerKnowsBest
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2008-06-02

Do you remember AOL?


Despite my best efforts, yes. And now that I think about it, the iOS home screen is very reminiscent of the welcome screen from old versions of AOL, E.g.

http://codinghorror.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a85dcdae970b012877705ba497...

Its problem wasn't a lack of features.


Do you remember AOL? To pick one random example, it's mail client couldn't even display the "From" name for incoming messages, and just showed the address instead - and it wasn't capable of setting a "From" name for outgoing messages either. Even Pegasus Mail for DOS had that functionality.

Lack of features may not have been the problem that ultimately killed AOL as an ISP, but it certainly was a problem. Hell, even AOL themselves released released standalone applications that had more features than the equivalent functionality in the AOL client (E.g. AIM).

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