Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 12:04 UTC
Legal Remember when Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, and held it up in the air, proudly proclaiming "Boy, have we patented it", followed by a massive applause of the adoring audience? It may seem like this wasn't just an empty claim, either. During the earnings conference call yesterday, the company hinted at possible legal action against Palm were the Pre to infringe on iPhone patents.
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Apple's innovation is not that it championed the idea of a a multi-touch phone.

Okay. So you admit that Apple did not invent the multi-touch phone. We are making progress.

Other fanboys: Did you get that? Please never again claim nor imply that Apple invented the multi-touch phone. Thanks!

It's much more about the little tweaks Apple put in to enhance usability. The way a flick on lists makes them scroll, and bounce back when they have reached the end...

This feature could have originated with Apple, and it is certainly an interesting animation (like wobbly windows, and the rotating cube), but does it actually add anything to the usability of the device?

the way every app opening has a transition to let the user know what's going on...

Are you implying that Apple invented opening app feedback?

the way the screen automatically changes orientation when the accelerometer senses the phone is tilted sideways...

Apple did not invent auto-rotate. That feature appeared on digital cameras years before the Iphone. Heck, I remember auto-rotating computer monitors in the late 1980s.

the way the phone's screen turns off and the touch-screen locks when the proximity sensor detects that you're holding it to your face...

Apple did not invent this feature. This problem has been solved in different ways since the first fully touch-screen phone appeared in 1992.

Here is a 2003, Nokia patent application for locking the touch-screen on a phone during an active call:

the "slide to unlock" mechanism...

Don't know to what you are referring, but it certainly sounds generic.

the way the onscreen keyboard senses which keys you're trying to press, even though the keys look like they're going to be too small...

Over the years, there has been a lot of non-Apple research into this problem. Probably, the best solution is to just make the buttons bigger with a horizontal keyboard.

The way webpages are presented in desktop format and are easily zoomable via pinching or double-tapping...

I doubt that the Iphone is the first hand-held device to display web pages in such a manner. Even if it were so, how innovative is it to merely copy what we have seen on our computers every day since 1993?

In regards to multi-touch, pinch scaling, that was first shown in 1991 in the Digital Desk system.

the way SMSes are presented as conversation threads... "visual voice mail"...

You really think Apple invented these?

My friend tried visual voice mail on one of my messages, and he called back, asking, "what did you mean by 'eat up Martha?'"

These were all firsts with the iPhone.


The iPhone is a usability tour de force...

Yes. The lack of cut-and-paste is an usability triumph.

Furthermore, it is an ergonomic breakthrough to have to tap nine times through the alternate keypad to merely create an ellipsis (...).

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Moochman Member since:

No one is claiming that any one individual behavior is revolutionary..... Ever heard the phrase "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts"?

Obviously you're not going to be won over as you have too much anti-Apple bias. Whatever. No other smartphone delivered the same level of user experience at the time the iPhone came out. This may seem like a subjective opinion, but it is the main reason the iPhone is so successful and all touch phones that came before it were such duds.

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tupp Member since:

No one is claiming that any one individual behavior is revolutionary..... Ever heard the phrase "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts"?

Ever heard of the phrase, "huh?"

You listed ten Iphone features, and then you claimed: "These were all firsts with the iPhone."

I pointed out that eight of those features appeared first on non-Apple products. I questioned the benefits of one of the features that might have originated with Apple. In regards to the other one, I said that I am not familiar with that feature, but I that it sounds generic.

You also claimed: "The iPhone is a usability tour de force..." Disregarding the Iphone's lack of tactile feedback, I mentioned just two of the Iphone's rather significant usability drawbacks.

Obviously you're not going to be won over as you have too much anti-Apple bias.

Whether or not I have a bias has nothing to do with the fact that Apple did not invent most of the Iphone features (as demonstrated above).

By the way, I do not have an anti-Apple bias. I do have an "anti Apple-fanboy" bias, especially when a fanboys ignore the facts presented.

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