Is Apple trying to claim it invented video calling?

Here's an aspect of Apple that annoys me - trying to claim it invented something that's clearly been around for years.

Here's an aspect of Apple that annoys me - trying to claim it invented something that's clearly been around for years.

What's worse is when normally sensible tech pundits seem too suffer collective amnesia and go along with the deception.

Take video calling, or FaceTime as Apple is calling it. Watch this video, and pay attention to how the company describes the FaceTime feature:

OK, it seems easy to use, and being able to flip between the front and rear camera is nice, but video calling isn't new. Heck, my Nokia E71 can do a video call ... in two clicks ... to any other video-enabled handset ... over 3G ...

Get my drift? What Apple is doing here is rewriting history. And what's especially annoying is that a year from now people will associate video calling with Apple and the iPhone 4, think it's something new and something that wasn't available to anyone before.

This is what big bucks ad money buys a company like Apple - the chance to rewrite history. Second best thing to having an iTimeMachine!