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Apple engineer reveals where the iPhone’s original software came from

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Posted in Software on 27th Mar, 2014 01:18 AM by AlexMuller

Ahead of the most recent legal battle between Apple and Samsung, one of Apple’s lead engineers is finally telling the tale of the first iPhone’s software. Greg Christie, a senior engineer at Apple, revealed to the Wall Street Journal that Steve Jobs gave his team an ultimatum back in February 2005:

 

Come up with some big ideas for the iPhone within two weeks or lose the project to another group.

 
Christie’s team would go on to innovate some of the more iconic features of the iPhone, like its “slide to unlock” feature and its integrated music player. It’s hard to remember this today, when we’re surrounded by touchscreen smartphones and tablets, but before the iPhone, few were thinking about touchscreen user interfaces.
 
He described the team working on the original iPhone’s software as “shockingly small” and noted that they “banged their head against the wall” to figure out a way to make text messages look more conversational, rather than a mere list of text. But as Christie’s team made headway and Jobs began obsessing about the project, it became clear they were making progress.
 
Most intriguing to hardware geeks, Christie showed the setup his team used to build the first version of iOS: A plastic touchscreen connected to an aging Mac G3 (which mimicked the first iPhone’s slow processor), which was codenamed “Wallaby.”

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-27
+2
Imagine, the first iPhone was just being developed only 9 years ago! This is one product that made remarkable success not only in development but also on the world market Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-27
+2
Apple is promoting this story now because of the next court trial between Apple and Samsung over patent disputes. Apple wants to show that they are the innovators
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-27
+1
In November last year, a Silicon Valley jury has ruled that Samsung must pay about £180m to Apple for copying iPhone and iPad features in its devices. This verdict came after a previous jury found Samsung owed Apple $1 bn for copyright infringement. We have to wait and see what they actually pay at the end.... Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-27
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I think the smartphone design is an issue of dominant design. Like cars or airliners, no one should have a monopoly on the best design Reply


 

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