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Apple — not always first but often significant
Whatever you think about Apple the company and how it does business, there’ s no denying the impact it has had on the mobile space. It may not always be the first to do something, but it certainly does things in ways that make a big difference in how we use mobile devices.
From the iPod, then the iPhone, and now the iPad, what makes Apple so impactful is not the technologies it invents, it’s how it packages its own and existing technologies into a compelling gadget. Apple may not always be first, but historically its been one of the best at making products that resonate with the things customers want.
These advances in technology and concepts have been significant contributions by Apple in the mobile space.
This is the first installment in a series of daily Six Clicks galleries that are designed to celebrate revolutionary hardware and software advances that we'll be seeing in the near future. Let the 4th of July fireworks begin.
Previously on Six Clicks:le
- Revolutionary advances in mobile from Apple
- Revolutionary advances in mobile from Android
- Six innovative mobile accessories
- Six Linux home automation clicks
Real touch screens
Apple forever changed mobile devices with the use of a capacitive touch screen on the iPhone. Resistive touch screens, those requiring a little pointy stylus for accuracy, had been around for years. With the introduction of the capacitive touch screen on the iPhone, Apple demonstrated how enjoyable natural interaction with a mobile device could be. Users simply touched the screen with the fingertip, and good things happened.
The real touch screen on the iPhone changed things for the better in three significant ways:
Dropping the need for a stylus to work with the iPhone was a big move. Owners of Apple's phone were able to simply pick up the gadget and touch things on the screen. This led to the second benefit of a real touch screen below.
Natural and engaging
The touch screen on the iPhone quickly led owners to feel like the phone was part of them. They took the iPhone out of the pocket or bag, assuming it wasn't already in hand, and started touching things to make stuff happen. This soon made the iPhone an integral part of their lives.
Zooming in on the essential
The capacitive touch screen on the iPhone made the pinch-and-zoom thing possible. This was revolutionary at the time and such a big impact on how we work with our mobile device that it's commonplace today