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: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:31 UTC in reply to "To be fair"
MOS6510
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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[3]: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:48 in reply to "RE[2]: To be fair"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

What is your suggestion to make it easier to move icons around and create folders?

Besides, these are optional things. You don't have to perform them to use iOS, ever. Yes, if you know how to do it it will probably make operating your iOS more convenient, but it's not mandatory.

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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[3]: To be fair
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:55 in reply to "RE[2]: To be fair"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Bubbles, unless it's a game that features Michael Jackon's monkey, are not in iOS as far as I know. You can't change icons. Apps can change them though, but it's not like they change them in to something completely different causing confusion for the user.

Folders are in iOS, but they are optional. You don't have to acquire this skill to operate an iOS device.

I have a lot of experience using Palm and iOS devices. On the easy-to-hard scale of usability I would rate them very close to each other, but to me the iOS screen looks more simple.

If you have learned to use one I'm pretty sure you have no problem using the other. iOS does have more things you can do, most not mandatory to use the device, but they are easily learned.

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