From Danny Sullivan’s rebuttal to Gruber/Hall/Siegler:
Gruber tells us that the Android UI was copied from Apple. Hall says that the idea of a touchscreen smartphone was copied by the iPhone.
Newsflash. As a Windows Mobile user from 2004, I had a touchscreen smartphone that ran apps long before that idea ever punched itself out of Apple.
Really? Windows Mobile had a multitouch interface? Last time I checked touchscreen devices of that era used a stylus. I had a Palm Pilot 1000. That was also a touchscreen but I wouldn’t pretend that somehow Apple copied that device to create the iPhone. It also had a stylus. At my current employer we use ruggedized Windows Mobile-based scanner guns….they still use a stylus and don’t know a thing about multitouch.
I think Sullivan needs to go back a bit further in time, perhaps, 11 years before his Windows Mobile phone, and take a look at it’s great-grandparent. Oh wait. Another Apple device. But those guys don’t do anything innovative do they?