Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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Comment by kovacm
by kovacm on Tue 31st Jul 2012 09:34 UTC
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This is what Samsung was considering putting to market in the summer of 2006, six months before the unveiling of the iPhone.

Currently, I am working on Flying Sources (just for records)! ;)

Xerox didn't realise they were sitting on a revolution, so other companies swooped in and created the 4th generation of GUIs;

yes, they did: Xerox did search for computer company that could bring their technology to mass market. They choose Apple. In return Xerox got opportunity to invest in pre-IPO start-up Apple (Xerox bought 100,000 shares of Apple at the pre-IPO price of $10 a share).

I am bored debunking this myth (Apple steal from Xerox) all over again but it is nice to see that others also find out the truth, now it is even on wikipedia ;)

anyway, did you know that IBM did consider buying Xerox back then in 70s.... ;)

However, these days, many people just give all the credit to Apple and be done with it.

winners write history, right?

essentially, Apple was one that gave Microsoft chance to succeed with Windows: Apple bring DRi's GEM to court and effectively cripple it! (DRi need to remove windows resizing and overlapping options, to limit GEM on only two window...) which gave Microsoft chance to succeed with Windows.

Atari GEM was not crippled and there was many beautiful applications for Atari GEM that latter was ported to Microsoft Windows 95.

and yes, Apple got much more credits today than they deserve ;) (btw 1984. Mac was pure technical shit compering it to ST alone; not to mention Amiga ;) )

Apple acts as if the iPhone was developed in a vacuum, and wants the world to believe that it, and only it, invented the concept of a touchscreen phone. With that nonsensical idea, the company not only ignores the long history of mobile computing (specifically PalmOS which is iOS' and Android's common ancestor), but also the fact that other companies were working on touchscreen phones at the same time (LG Prada, these Samsung images).

keyword is: MULTITOUCH.

so all yours complain are irrelevant (no one had multitouch interface on phone before iPhone).

apple bought FingerWorks on time since they know that they want MULTITOUCH! (others switch to multitouch after iPhone)

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RE: Comment by kovacm
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 31st Jul 2012 09:43 in reply to "Comment by kovacm"
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keyword is: MULTITOUCH.

...which has been in development for 30-40 years. Apple did not invent it, nor was it the only one who saw the potential.

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RE[2]: Comment by kovacm
by henderson101 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 09:14 in reply to "RE: Comment by kovacm"
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Not invent, implement. No one else implemented it in any practical way.

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RE: Comment by kovacm
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 31st Jul 2012 09:46 in reply to "Comment by kovacm"
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I am bored debunking this myth (Apple steal from Xerox) all over again

Uh... Where did I make this claim in the article? As usual, you're reading things you want to read, instead of reading what's actually there.

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RE: Comment by kovacm
by Calipso on Tue 31st Jul 2012 13:24 in reply to "Comment by kovacm"
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I personally still don't really see the need for multitouch. Doesn't really provide anything special. Pinch to zoom is annoying and other than that, don't really use multitouch for anything. I'm sure there are applications out there that depend on it but I haven't come across any that I need yet.

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