Harry - 3:03 pm on Mar 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
@Zamboni, Apple is not an innovator in this category and as I wrote above, but people seem to overlook, is that the so-called multi touch patents's scope has been greatly exaggerated by the public and the media over the years. It's not as extensive as people think it is.
Some good articles were written about Apple's iPhone patents last year. One of them compared Apple's patents as patenting a a wood lining above a wheel, instead of patenting the actual wheel.
A lot of fanboys seem to think that Apple has done no wrong and invented all the technology and functionality in the iPhone from scratch. As I noted above, the airplane mode, the light sensor, searching for a contact by typing but the initials of the person's name, the proximity sensor were all swiped from Palm and Apple never paid a dime to use these features. A lot of other patents from Sony, Motorola, and Nokia were also swiped and Apple never paid these companies either. Apple thinks it can get away with using other people's patents while suing anyone that uses something similar to theirs.
And to make it clear, Apple did not create any multi-touch tech. I bought some company that had multi-touch tech. The multi-touch tech does not cover every possible uses of the multi-touch interface used in iPhones.