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Trivia Tuesday: Apple invention misconceptions

By Neowin ¬∑ 13 replies
Dec 20, 2011
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  1. For the fourth Trivia Tuesday over at Neowin, this week they are exploring some of the things you might think Apple invented, but actually didn't at all. These invention misconceptions…

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    LOL. People actually believed Apple invented any of those things? God damn. I mean even if you didn't know about the IBM Simon you should still know that Blackberry phones predate iPhones. Also if Apple had invented the capacitive touchscreen they would have patented it and either kept it for themselves or charged huge royalties for licencing devices using it.
  3. Lol so true

    you guys do know that touch screen GPS where here before the iphone ! Also Alpine had 5inch in dash dvd players that had touch screens with touch feedback

    oh and before someone else says it Xerox invented the mouse!
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,146   +142

    Wait....I thought Google invented all this stuff?

  5. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,240   +1,439

    Apple haven't invented anything in the last 30 years.
    They just take the tech that is already there make it easy to use for everyone.
  6. Apple invented the pcs, cellphones, music players and even music.
  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,200   +1,625

    Apple invented the letter 'i'
  8. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,694   +438

    Apple invented Apples, truestory!
  9. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    No, Google invented the Internet.
  10. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 605   +67

    Apple invention misconceptions:

    1. That they've invented a single thing.
  11. whats pcs? to my knowledge it's a phone carrier?
  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Hey, at the end of the day it doesn't matter who invents what first, it's all about who perfects the product (and advertises it properly).
  13. Rick

    Rick TS Evangelist Posts: 4,512   +65

    Since the article talks about capacitive touch screens, what does this mean, exactly?

    The iPhone had already been out for more than a year BEFORE Blackberry's first touch phone, the Storm, so that point is irrelevant. I point this out because people at TS tend to dismiss Apple at every opportunity to do so, often times unfairly.

    Your comment about the Simon stands though, but maaaaan, the tech between the Simon's old olive-colored passive module and the modern, full-color TFT in the iPhone is disparate. It wouldn't surprise me if the Simon was resistive too, not capactive, but I could be wrong (probably am) on that. The concept is what matters here though, so kudos to the pioneers.

    It's silly people think Apple invented it just because of the iPhone, but you do have to admit the iPhone was the first commercial touch screen phone success. Everyone started playing catch up the following year and as much as I don't really care for Apple, they do set the bar higher for everyone else from time to time. I can appreciate that.

    Well before the iPhone, I had wondered, "Why aren't there touch screen phones? I mean, duh?". The answer was it hadn't been done right. Sure, there were a couple of touch screen phones (I remember one from Nokia with Symbian, for example), but they all relied on a stylus. That is an example of touch screen done wrong. In other words, Apple didn't invent it, but they made it practical.
  14. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372   +17

    It is a bit disheartening that so many falsely credit Apple with these inventions when it's not the case, but they are usually the first to properly exploit them. That's Apples strength imo, marketing and exploiting niche markets by bringing them to the forefront forcing everyone else to play catch up. It'll be interesting to see how Jobs passing will affect this as I believe he was the true force behind it.


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