Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:55 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In product lore, high profile gadgets that get killed are often more interesting than the ones that succeed. The Kin, the HP TouchPad, and the Edsel are all case studies in failure - albeit for different reasons. Yet in the history of those killings, nothing compared to the Apple Newton MessagePad. The Newton wasn't just killed, it was violently murdered, dragged into a closet by its hair and kicked to death in its youth by one of technology’s great men. And yet it was a remarkable device, one whose influence is still with us today. The Ur tablet. The first computer designed to free us utterly from the desktop.

'First' is debatable, but this was definitely an interesting product. It was far too complex though, and the simpler, more focussed Palm Pilot then showed the market how mobile computing ought to work - something Apple took to heart a decade later with the iPhone.

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RE[6]: Comment by tupp
by tupp on Wed 7th Aug 2013 17:39 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tupp"
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You are aware that innovation is not invention, aren't you? There is a very clear legal distinction.

No, there isn't. That's BS. Just because someone found a secondary definition of "innovation" on an online dictionary, doesn't change the accepted (nor "legal") meaning of the word.

One is application and the other one is creation.

Application of an idea from one thing to another is a common (and legally accepted) form of invention.

Such application of ideas can be original and non-obvious (or vice versa). Apple has very few original/non-obvious applications of ideas -- they don't really invent anything.

Apple is great at innovation, there is no question here.

I am not sure to what Apple characteristic you refer with your definition of "innovation." You can define innovation however you like, that won't change the fact that Apple doesn't really innovate anything.

But there are a lot of areas in technology that the debates over who was first are no less heated.

There's no heat here, except from those who are trying to avoid getting down to the nitty-gritty. Have you anything to add to the list of items that Apple innova... originated?

Edited 2013-08-07 17:40 UTC

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