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[9]: Comment by tupp
by tupp on Wed 7th Aug 2013 20:25 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by tupp"
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Please let me know when you can prove that Apple invented something.

Apparently you are unable to give a single example of any company having invented anything by your own standards. Your definition of 'invention' is obviously useless. And yes: There is a clear distinction between invention and innovation, but why should I waste my time to educate you since you call everything that does not fit your world view BS. Grow up, kiddy ..

What? What is it about Apple fanboys that they become wildly incomprehensible when faced with reality.

I can give thousands of examples of companies inventing things, and it has nothing to do with any personal "standards." I use the universally accepted definition of "invention," which is a concept easily understood by everybody except for, apparently, Apple fanboys.

By the way, most things are invented by individuals -- not by companies.

Edited 2013-08-07 20:39 UTC

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