That's the third time this week I read an article talking about how Apple invented the smartphone and mobile applications. Who's spreading this nonsense?
Yes, Apple made smartphones popular (I guess?). But let's not rewrite history here: we had smartphones and apps several years before the first iPhone got released.
Tesla was the first to entertain the idea of a smart phone back in the 1920's.
At least that's what research has determined. 🤔
@fribbledom Yes and no. There were smartphones up to a decade earlier, with programs* and even program stores. But the all-screen UI, and a year after launch the all-programs-are-apps focus, was a huge shift. Android was a Blackberry clone before the iPhone launch!
* "App" is the file extension of a NeXTstep/Mac/iOS bundle. It's not the right term for anyone else's programs.
Some more sources from 1999 courtesy of Wiktionary;
So is a spreadsheet app, but I'm not going to put those on a web site any time soon.
1999 November, AUUGN, volume 20, number 4, page 9:
The Web browser was the killer app that kickstarted the Internet and, in turn, enabled it to be embedded in everything
@ersatzmaus @fribbledom That's false. The N800 was vaporware just before the iPhone. The N810 came out 6 months later, and went back to the Sidekick-like keyboard. The N900 was even more Blackberry-like. The programs were mostly built in, the store wasn't worldwide. None of the Nokia smartphones sold well/at all in the US, only their dumbphones.
@directhex @jmtd @mdhughes @fribbledom Err.... the NXXX series didn't need a stylus either did they (it's been a while but I don't _think_ they did)? And they were _much_ more capable phones _and_ computing devices than the iphone 1. Could actually do things like multitask and cut and paste text from webpages and whatnot.
Capacitative touch screens can be operated instantly, can do multi-touch (which doesn't work on old resistive screens). And in UX terms, it feels like you're directly manipulating the screen, instead of dragging a pointer around. It's as much a leap forward as mouse & GUI was over keyboard-only text UI.
@LunaDragofelis @jmtd @directhex @ersatzmaus @fribbledom Multi-touch resistive screens are newer (at the time of the iPhone launch they were only single-touch), and have even lower actual resolution. You can feel like a stylus gives more resolution, and it does mouse-tracking to fake it, but it actually has a fuzzier area.
The market's spoken very clearly on this, everyone went to capacitive, even Nintendo, except for the very lowest-end uses.
@LunaDragofelis @jmtd @directhex @ersatzmaus @fribbledom It is worth noting, Apple wasn't quite the first to use capacitive touchscreens: LG Prada had one a few months earlier, priced even higher (and failed to sell much, like all LG "high-end" phones). The screens were otherwise so new nobody had them.
@ersatzmaus @jmtd @fribbledom The N800 was a big chunky wifi phablet, and vapor, announced at CES but rarely/never saw US stores. Was it big in Europe? I never saw it again, and online history seems minimal.
gives UK pricing which suggests it sold there…
N810 came out 6+ months after iPhone and was another big chunky wifi phablet with keyboard. But it shipped. The N900 came out 2 years later!
Don't get me wrong, I loved my Treo, and the couple of smartish phones I had before that, but the iPhone was genuinely game changing.
Sony Ericsson had full screen smartphones with touch interface and apps 4 years before Apple.
(Sure, it had a keyboard that flipped over the front, but you could remove that.)
@Mr_Teatime @fribbledom You could hit a single worldwide storefront, shipped on the device, buy an "app" that does one thing well, and can't interfere with anything else. So people could safely try random apps for a few bucks.
Doing that in Handango etc at the time was a massive pain to set up, they covered only a few countries, credit card & payment to the dev sucked and was usually 30-70 or worse, and every device was inconsistent. I did it and it was hell.
So kinda like the repo for your Linux distro, but for money :)
Put this way, it does make some sense, though: less-privileged application, distributed/sold through the platform provider's portal.
Which also emphasizes the shift in the power balance. Whoever makes the OS holds all the strings.
Yes, sure makes dev lifes easier. Sort of like Steam catalyzed a wave of indie games. But then it also causes issues whenever It Is Decided that your thing is not worthy because of reasons which you either already know or are not worthy of being told...
I if the software distributuon was run by (several) entities different from the OS maker and the platform provider that could be nice, but no company would voluntarily relinquish this amount of control.
@firstname.lastname@example.org it is pretty disgusting that people say Apple invented the smart phone when there was other funds out there Ruddick android and other systems that were using apps in the whole 9 yards. Apples marketing team really just spends a lot of time getting people to bullshit us
@fribbledom we had downloadable "apps" that could be installed on handheld touchscreen devices well before anyone stuck a cell modem in one of them, even.
@fribbledom Guess it depends on how old the articles author is. the younger ones seldom care or know about 'older' technology.
They also often don't know that most of the current Apple designs is a blant copy of early 50's Braun designs.
@fribbledom Just going to forget about that Blackberry I used to own, I guess.
I've been told it didn't exist.
@fribbledom no mention of Blackberry? Their curve model came out an entire month before the original iPhone did.
@fribbledom With the development of the Internet, we have a new field of work called the fake information and fake news sector.
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