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[2]: kovacm
by tupp on Fri 9th Aug 2013 08:14 UTC in reply to "RE: kovacm"
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Still unable to give us some examples of a company who invented anything by your standards?

My friend, there are millions of original inventions from thousands of other companies. However, most inventions come from individuals.

If you want me to list inventions from non-Apple companies (such as all the pre-Apple GUI inventions from Xerox, Three Rivers, Intran, Accent/Carnegie Mellon University, VisiCorp, etc.), then that is the topic for a new thread. Right now, we are trying to determine what Apple actually invented.

In regards to "my standards," I am not sure as to your point, but my "standard" for an invention is the commonly accepted definition, which Apple fanboys never seem to comprehend.

Typical fangirl behavior ..

If you think I am a fan of something, why don't you state what that is.

I can help you a little in that regard: I am a fan of truth.

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