Apple Wins another Major iPhone & iOS Interface Patent
by Erick Diaz
Apple has received a Granted Patent relating to the iPhone’s graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents. Prior to the iPhone debut in 2007, smartphones weren’t all that smart. These older styled smartphones depended upon physical hard keys and buttons and required users to remember extremely complex menu systems and key-sequences to access these menus. Due to the use of physical buttons, the displays on these smartphones were tiny, crowded and confusing to use. Viewing documents and accessing the internet wasn’t really an option…
…Today, Apple is embroiled in a series of lawsuits against Samsung, HTC and others over many aspects of the iPhone, iPad and iOS features. In 2007, Samsung, HTC, Google and all others in the industry didn’t have a smartphone with the likes of Apple’s iPhone features. They didn’t have the solutions that Apple eloquently brought to market to make a smartphone truly smart. Apple carefully and meticulously crafted a full end-to-end smartphone solution. So when the copycat’s and their followers whine in public and on blogs that Apple should learn to compete instead of initiate litigation – I bowl over with laughter.
There is really not much else to say. Whatever you believe, there were no phones, smart or not, that did all the stuff the iPhone could do in 2007. From that point on, only Microsoft (oddly enough) has done something that doesn’t look like an iPhone knock off.