The mouse, touchscreen smartphone, and the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack; these are all things that Apple has pushed the tech industry towards. Did Apple create all of those things? No (with the exception of the headphone jack)- but they have made these things staples of the platforms they are used on. But, why do they get the credit? And, furthermore, why does it matter?
EPISODE NOTES/MISTAKES: The Xerox 8010 Star was the first computer with a two-button mouse, whereas the Xerox Alto from 1973 was the first computer with any kind of mouse. The Apple Lisa mouse was, in fact, based on the Alto’s.
This episode was recorded prior to the iPhone 12 announcement, with the ~$40 magsafe wireless charger. Still overpriced.
The 2007 released Blackberry Curve 8300:
Touchscreen Phones before the iPhone:
- Time, 2014 August 18, ‘First Smartphone Turns 20: Fun Facts About Simon’
- GSM Arena’s page on the LG KE850 Prada, first capacitive touchscreen phone
Xerox 8010 Star & Alto:
- The National Museum of American History’s page on the Xerox 8010 Star
- History-Computer’s page on the Xerox Alto
iPhone Woes (glue, headphone jack, notch, in that order):
- iFixit’s page on replacing the iPhone 5 battery
- TechRadar’s iPhone 7 Review
- Medium, 2018 October 9, ‘Why Your iPhone Has a ‘Notch’
- Nerds Chalk, 2018 May 3, ‘Here’s a list of Android phones with iPhone X-like notch’
iPhone 7’s Plastic Spacer & Strange Parts:
- Thrillist, 2016 September 16, ‘Apple Replaced the iPhone Headphone Jack with a Piece of Plastic That Does Nothing‘
- Strange Parts’ video on installing a headphone jack in an iPhone 7
Opening Music: Another World by BETTOGH