Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:55 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In product lore, high profile gadgets that get killed are often more interesting than the ones that succeed. The Kin, the HP TouchPad, and the Edsel are all case studies in failure - albeit for different reasons. Yet in the history of those killings, nothing compared to the Apple Newton MessagePad. The Newton wasn't just killed, it was violently murdered, dragged into a closet by its hair and kicked to death in its youth by one of technology’s great men. And yet it was a remarkable device, one whose influence is still with us today. The Ur tablet. The first computer designed to free us utterly from the desktop.

'First' is debatable, but this was definitely an interesting product. It was far too complex though, and the simpler, more focussed Palm Pilot then showed the market how mobile computing ought to work - something Apple took to heart a decade later with the iPhone.

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RE[3]: Comment by tupp
by WorknMan on Tue 6th Aug 2013 23:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by tupp"
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The only things that Apple really invented are the desktop trashcan, and possibly "Expose."

Even the Apple enclosure designs are highly derivative.

If you doubt these assertions, please make a list of Apple inventions and let's see what prior art can be found.

Apple doesn't really invent much of anything; they just give the rest of the industry the blueprint on how to do something properly. They'll take an existing thing that sucks a lot of ass, turn it into something that people other than hardcore geeks would actually want to use, and then the industry builds on what Apple did, and improves it in most cases (although it usually takes them 2-3 generations of a product to obtain the same level of polish). Then the haters will look back at the suck-ass thing that nobody was using as the pioneer, and give Apple none of the credit.

Case in point - the iPhone. Of course there were smartphones, and maybe even one or two that were finger-based, but if you go back and look at the original iPhone keynote from 2007, you can see how Steve Jobs is explaining to people how it operates without a stylus. This was necessary, because it was redefining a market, and nobody had used anything quite like it before. Of course, I am an Android user myself, but I gotta thank Apple a little for all of Android's goodness, as well as some of its flaws ;)

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