Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton
Schmidt showed the iPhone prototype to his girlfriend at the time, while he was sitting on the Apple BoD. He claims he wasn't that interested in it personally.
According to all the gossip rags, he didn't start dating that girlfriend until summer 2007... a half year after the iPhone was first shown off, and about the same time that it first went on sale. By then, it would've just been a curiousity. Supposedly, he first tried giving it to his wife.
So, instead of showing a secret, it sounds like he was just being cheap. Really cheap.
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
"Well, no, not… They're not really a search company."
"Well, what are they?"
"They're an AI company." And Steve gives Mossberg the look, you know? That one where it's like, "This is blindingly obvious to us, and it should be to you, and I'm quite satisfied with how my four word answer will cause far more of a stir than any multi-page article on any rumor site."
Touche! Exellent response. Siri, of course.
Originally Posted by stelligent
Let's be real, people. Does anyone believe the iPhone was ever going to be the only multitouch smartphone?
Nope. And while the iPhone was the first multi-touch phone sold, it wasn't the first one announced. That honor belongs to the Open Moko smartphone, two months before Jobs showed off the iPhone for the first time.
"The phone itself has a 2.8-inch VGA display, USB mesh file sharing, multi-touch sensor recognition, GSM, GPS, 128MB RAM, a Samsung ARM9-based processor and MP3 playback capabilities. The concept of their multi-touch gestures is that you can use two fingers to control a variety of tasks, such as two finger scrolling like the PowerBooks and MacBooks." - Gizmodo article, Nov 7, 2006
Later, when the iPhone came out, Gizmodo remembered it: "OpenMoko - Did they have a time machine or what?"
Other reporters even wondered if Apple had stolen some of the ideas, but I think not. As I keep saying, many touch features naturally end up being developed in parallel by multiple groups. Once you decide to go full touch, quite a few design options become obvious.
Edited by KDarling - 12/12/12 at 7:20am