Hyperlinks (concept) have been around since the 60's (maybe even the 50's).
In fact the first hyperlink patent was applied for in 1976 and granted in 1989.
U.S. patent number 4,873,662, filed in the U.S. in 1976 and granted in 1989. It was filed by Desmond J. Sargent, and involved the way information is displayed on a computer terminal, and that information's relationship and interaction with material it connects to on another computer.
By the way this patent has not one thing to do with apples patent on making text link or perform actions or dial numbers.
It is described in the above patent as linking one computer with another. Through information displayed on the first computer. or a Hyperlink.
Apples patent is Patent 5,946,647: System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.
Not linking to another computer but to perform and action on a computer generated structure. in computer generated data.
The origins of this patent go all the way back to Mac OS 6! yes that is right Mac OS 6 lol. Apple had this back then and it was not hyperlinking. Mac OS 6 was introduce in April, 1988 version 6.0. This patent was applied for in Nov 13, 1989, granted May 19, 1992.
It was first included in the Mac osX with Panther 10.3. and iOS with version3.
This patent is very old and has been renewed and updated a lot by apple.
Apples first concept of this was during the use of Mac system 5 lol.
Try to be correct in your assumptions about what a patent does and where it comes from.