Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:04 UTC
Apple John Gruber illustrates the dangers of not having a clue about history: "The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple's innovation. It's the simplest, most obvious 'system' ever designed." Thanks for playing.
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To be fair
by deathshadow on Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:49 UTC
deathshadow
Member since:
2005-07-12

Rewriting history and their importance in it has been a Apple hallmark since the mid '80's...

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RE: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:31 in reply to "To be fair"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Apple didn't rewrite this event, John Gruber made a remark that was interpreted by Thom as being such a thing.

Gruber doesn't state that Apple invented this type of home screen, he calls in an innovation and not an Apple invention.

When comparing the iOS home screen to the home screen from Thom's link you'll notice the iOS one is simpler.

Don't forget we've moved on from a rather "simple" time to a far more advanced one, yet Apple managed to not only keep their home screen simple, they apparently made it even simpler than Palm's as proven by Thom.

With regards to Apple rewriting history: they present us with stuff they call amazing, magical, blah blah. Then you have people that compare it with previous stuff of other companies and when they find a match, sometimes a very good one, sometimes a rather fat fetched one, they claim Apple rewrites history.

They don't claim to have invented the desktop GUI, mobile phones or tablets. They brought it main stream or put a different more successful twist on it.

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RE[2]: To be fair
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:42 in reply to "RE: To be fair"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

When comparing the iOS home screen to the home screen from Thom's link you'll notice the iOS one is simpler.


It really isn't. You clearly never had to explain to people how to move icons around, how to create and un-create folders, and so on. The iOS home screen has lots of unintuitive and hard-to-find things that ought to be simpler to perform.

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RE[2]: To be fair
by JAlexoid on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:48 in reply to "RE: To be fair"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

When comparing the iOS home screen to the home screen from Thom's link you'll notice the iOS one is simpler.

Are you sure about that? Bubbles, folders and changing icons don't exist in iOS?

It's not Apple to rewrite history, it was one person in particular. You know, the one that "invented multitouch".

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RE: To be fair
by darknexus on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:36 in reply to "To be fair"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Actually we can take that a lot further: Rewriting history has been the practice of every corporation or governmental body since written history was invented. The reason we say that history is written by the victorious is because it's true.

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