Origins of the iPhone

Daring Fireball has a heavy critique of a supposed industry insider’s allegation that the iPhone is based on a Philips concept from 1998. The “insider”, who back in his day did the trick of imitating IT consultancy industry leader Gartner (then Gartner Group) like everybody else at the time and founding a … Group company, compares the iPhone to the LG Prada (an insight earlier spotted elsewhere on the web), but he also misses – as does Mr. Fireball – the fact that the Philips concept could just as easily be seen to be broadly based on Apple’s Knowledge Navigator, a concept from 1987 (note the year) in its use of a fold-up screen and avatars. The link between the Knowledge Navigator and iPhone has been made elsewhere (see comments).

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