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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RE[2]: Oh the dangers of History.
by bowkota on Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Oh the dangers of History."
bowkota
Member since:
2011-10-12

That's a picture of the control panel of the Newton. This is what the Newton's home screen looked like:

I think it was kind of obvious that it was the control panel, it was in the url. You were disputing historical facts and credibility about design. You could very easily argue that the Legencary Palm OS Home Screen (TM) was influenced by the Newton.

However, you're still missing the point. Apple's iOS and home screen has had been a phenomenal success and has had great influence on the current mobile market. Both the iPhone and the iPad were laughed on when released.
Look were we are today.
Were Apple designers/engineers influenced by Palm in the process? I'm pretty damn sure they were.

Edited 2013-02-20 09:51 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Both the iPhone and the iPad were laughed on when released.

Where you out travelling the world for 2007? You forget that they were in the absolute minority. People laugh at anything that is new, as there are always these cynical sceptics.
Also iPhone did not take off before AppStore became available. And the current dominant platform follows an approach that is not like iOS(when it comes to homescreen organization).

Edited 2013-02-20 11:43 UTC

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HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

He's not missing the point. He's answering the point you raised. You provided the picture of the Newton in an attempt to challenge the claim that Palm invented the simplistic icon home screen.

You can't change the subject, just because you were mistaken.

Incidentally, who was laughing at Apple at the launch of the iPhone? The only entity I can think of was Microsoft, and they were bound to do that, because the iPhone was a competitor to their own WinMobile 6 phones.

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