Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Aug 2012 10:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In light of the jury verdict in Apple vs. Samsung, the one-liners and jokes flew back and forth. One in particular, by Dan Frakes, has been copied and pasted all over the web, and it goes like this: "When the iPhone debuted, it was widely criticized for having no buttons/keys. Now people think the iPhone's design is 'obvious'." This is a very common trend in this entire debate that saddens me to no end: the iPhone is being compared to simple feature phones, while in fact, it should be compared to its true predecessor: the PDA. PDAs have always done with few buttons.
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RE[8]: Revisionist History
by Tony Swash on Tue 28th Aug 2012 10:10 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Revisionist History"
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From today's technology blog on the Guardian, commenting on Thom attempt to rewrite history sans Apple.

the Zoomer came out in 1993 and work started on the Newton in 1987 - with Apple already filing Newton-related patents in October 1992.

The Patent is here

The drawings attached to the patent, which are worth a look, are here,446,8...

Here is an idea: lets drop this tedious tech archaeology, the tech intellectual equivalent to trying to prove that Atlantis existed, and accept that stopping Android OEMs from copying Apple in the future (whether they did it in the past or not) will not stop them innovating and inventing. If they are up to it.

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RE[9]: Revisionist History
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 10:23 in reply to "RE[8]: Revisionist History"
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...and Hawkins began work on what would become the PDA back at GRiD, releasing the GRiDPAD in 1989. Not filing patents or showing non-functional demo units - no, an actual, working tablet in 1989.

The point is this: iOS is more like PalmOS than like Newton, which used a completely different paradigm (notebook) than PalmOS. The groundwork for PalmOS - handwriting recognition, touchscreen technology, etc. - was laid by Hawkins at GRiD, with the first product being the GRiDPAD in 1989, and the Zoomer in 1992/1993. PalmOS' application-centric model would massively win out over the ill-fated notebook paradigm of the Newton and PenPointOS, so much so that iOS, Android, and everything else currently on the market uses the PalmOS application-centric model.

Which is a GOOD thing. I'm GLAD Apple adopted PalmOS' model, since it's a BILLION times better than the horrible notebook paradigm of the Newton. See how this works? Good ideas get copied - EVEN BY APPLE - and that's how mankind progresses. What if Palm had monopolised its ideas and technology, forcing Apple to stick to the notebook paradigm? *shudders*

Edited 2012-08-28 10:24 UTC

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