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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Oh come on Thom, give Apple some credit
by puenktchen on Tue 31st Jul 2012 11:52 UTC
puenktchen
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2007-07-27

Apple, Amiga, and Digital Research (GEM) all developed a fourth generation GUI simultaneously in pretty much the same timespan. However, these days, many people just give all the credit to Apple and be done with it.

They give credit where it is due and you don't, you rewrite history. Lisa OS was presented to the public in January 1983, Mac OS in January 1984. A first prototype of GEM was presented at the Comdex in November 1984 and it only shipped in February 1985. The Development of the Amiga was mostly about its hardware until 1984, the Lorraine prototype still used BASiC as OS iirc. RC Mical only started in 1984 to write the Amiga GUI library Intuition. The Amiga 100 shipped in July 1985 (I got mine in 1986). So Apple was selling a working product before DR & AMIGA/Commodore had anything to show. I wouldn't call that simultaneously development. Visi On was developed at the same time as Apples two GUIs and it was quite different.

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darkcoder Member since:
2006-07-14

The Amiga 100 shipped in July 1985 (I got mine in 1986). So Apple was selling a working product before DR & AMIGA/Commodore had anything to show. I wouldn't call that simultaneously development. Visi On was developed at the same time as Apples two GUIs and it was quite different.

Yes but unlike the monochrome, mono sounding Macs and their single tasking and non responsive Mac OS, the Amiga provide near photo quality color, stereo sound, real multitasking, and the closest to an Unix system a mortal user can get.

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puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

Yes but unlike the monochrome, mono sounding Macs and their single tasking and non responsive Mac OS, the Amiga provide near photo quality color, stereo sound, real multitasking, and the closest to an Unix system a mortal user can get.


Yes, the hardware and the operating system where far better, but Thom was speaking about the GUI and the GUI was definitely inspired by the Mac Finder and not as refined. I switched from Amiga to Mac in 92 and I missed the smooth multitasking and the direct access to the system, but certainly not the GUI.

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