Linked by MOS6510 on Sun 6th Oct 2013 10:59 UTC

This wasn't Grignon's typical route to work. He was a senior engineer at Apple in Cupertino, the town just west of Campbell. His morning drive typically covered seven miles and took exactly 15 minutes. But today was different. He was going to watch his boss, Steve Jobs, make history at the Macworld trade show in San Francisco. Apple fans had for years begged Jobs to put a cellphone inside their iPods so they could stop carrying two devices in their pockets. Jobs was about to fulfill that wish. Grignon and some colleagues would spend the night at a nearby hotel, and around 10 a.m. the following day they - along with the rest of the world - would watch Jobs unveil the first iPhone.

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You ever talk to a hardware engineer? ever look inside of an apple product?

If you think apple is just putting existing tech in prettier cases, wouldn't everyone be able to do it? would doing that lead to such stellar customer satisfaction or build quality?

I think the technology landscape would be VERY different without apple and their many spin-off companies and technologies.

Deciding you don't like Apple or it's style is acceptable to me, no biggie. Denying them their place in computing history (and the present) is burying your head in the sand.

Why not read the linked article again? Tell me who else was making the iphone in 2006-07? Who else brought a multitouch internet pocket device to market? Who else demoed it in front of real people then put it on sale 6 months later? Who else fulfilled those orders?

All these things Apple supposedly fails or cheats at, yet millions of people use, love, and rely on their products to run their businesses every day for 30+ years now.

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