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[7]: Comment by tupp
by JAlexoid on Thu 8th Aug 2013 12:18 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by tupp"
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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.

Actually the legal terminology has been established for more than a century.
Application of a technology is innovation, concrete implementation of an abstract idea is invention.
Example: using backlit LCD panels instead of reflective LCD panels in phones is innovation.
As opposed to: using liquid crystals to regulate the intensity of light passing through them is an invention.

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

No way. There is a very clear requirement for the inventive step to be present. As in - you have to adapt the existing technology and only that adaptation is protected.
Like adding a second, less powerful, radio to a phone to conserve energy when the radio station is close by. The radio itself is not protected, but the switching, detection and use of two radios is.

You can define innovation however you like, that won't change the fact that Apple doesn't really innovate anything.

That's like - your opinion. They invent and innovate, less than fanbois like to shout about and more than people like you like to say. (One of their recent inventions is their display tech in iPhone5)

There's no heat here, except from those who are trying to avoid getting down to the nitty-gritty.

You probably have never been present at any discussions between automotive fanbois...

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