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  • The First All-Touch Phone Was Created By IBM, Not Apple


    1992 was an eventful year. Gas was a paltry $1.05 a gallon. John Gotti got life in Prison. Bill Clinton became president. The Rodney King Riots overtook L.A.

    Oh, and IBM invented the first all-touch phone: The Simon.

    Simon was a gigantic device complete with a touch-based interface via a monochrome screen of touchy goodness. The screen even adapted to a given application albeit in a limited fashion. What else did a person need to do other than make phone calls, check a calendar or receive a fax in the early 90s?

    It sported a matte black finish, something modern-day designers could take a cue from. Glossy doesn’t equal expensive anymore, it only equals scratches, and uncontrollable amount of scratches.

    Watching the video makes me wonder how people got anything done during my youth. Life must have been a horrible mishmash of face-to-face communication and phone calls interrupted by a screeching fax machine.

    Source: Gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The First All-Touch Phone Was Created By IBM, Not Apple started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. seann33uk's Avatar
      seann33uk -
      i dont think it even has snake on that thing
      never mind itunes or the appstore
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Let the apple haters roll in...
      It's called truth
      Iphone was introduced 2002
      Plenty of touch screen cell phones with apps before it

      There are 3 iPhones in my family now and 2 Androids

      Its not about hate but truth
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      So anybody with two Androids at home becomes the majority? Anyways, the distinction between touch screen and touch input is a huge difference, which is what the iPhone became first at.
      "The first mobile phone to use a multi-touch interface, the iPhone was notable for its use of a large touchscreen for direct finger input as its main means of interaction, instead of having a stylus, keyboard, and/or keypad, which were the typical input methods for other smartphones at the time." Smartphone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      I was around 15 in 1992 and the way we got things done was just as easy and dare i say even more efficient than today. I truly believe tech has made a lot of people dumb. we used to remember a whole phone book of mates from memory which no 15 year old could do now as there's no need. Even tho i use android now there's no doubt in my mind apple released the first truly useable touch screen phone.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      I was around 15 in 1992 and the way we got things done was just as easy and dare i say even more efficient than today. I truly believe tech has made a lot of people dumb. we used to remember a whole phone book of mates from memory which no 15 year old could do now as there's no need. Even tho i use android now there's no doubt in my mind apple released the first truly useable touch screen phone.
      I'm pretty sure it's not the tech but the schools. The memory loss might be from the tech.