10 great things iPhone brought to mobility


3 Years too late, Apple has finally accepted two patents that were part of the original iPhone: “slide to unlock” screen and the way that characters on the keyboard jump up when you hit them.

As MobileCrunch indicated: "As usual, the patent process took a few years, and during those years, variations of these now-patented processes have appeared which will now almost certainly see some legal challenges. Does “slide to unlock” cover the Galaxy series’ lock screen, which is like sliding away a pane of glass? What about the Zune HD lock screen, which is like raising a garage door? What of WinMo 6.5, which (IIRC) let you slide different sliders to go straight to different apps?"

And I'm asking – what about the following ideas that were stolen by all other mobile vendors:

  1. Finger gestures to scroll down/up lists
  2. Automatic rotation from portrait to landscape
  3. Pinch to zoom
  4. Magnifying glass to place the maker in the right place
  5. Shortcuts pages as main shell
  6. A proximity sensor to deactivates the display when talking…
  7. Use of capacitive screens in mobility (no stylus!? no way!)
  8. Compass
  9. AppStore as part of the OS
  10. iTunes… OK you are right, I should have dropped this horrible piece of sh<beep>t.
  11. Invisible scroll bar that appears only when you are scrolling and doesn't take half of your tuny screen…
  12. No hardware buttons (I actually think it's a bad thing…)
  13. No "selection" concept in UI (think about it, you do not have a D-PAd in the iPhone, therefore opening a drop down list does not require scrolling up/down with the arrows!

Yes, I know, I promised 10 things in my title and ended up with 13. I always do that, I promise something and do much more… I'm such a great guy (you should follow me on twitter!)

BTW, LG has always claimed that the iPhone design was a copy of the LG Prada… 

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KR said…
You get closer to 10 if you leave out the "app store as part of the operating system" as this basically is what every Linux distribution has had for quite a while ever since the first automatic package installations off, say, server-sided .deb repositories were introduced. iPhone just pushed it to mainstream. ;)