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October 31, 2019

"General Magic"

Über-fanbois like me will not want to miss this new movie, which documents how what was likely the greatest group of computer industry giants ever assembled in one small company tried — and failed miserably — to bring forth what would, many years later, become the iPhone.

Long, utterly absorbing story short: they built their version in the early 1990s, before the connecting parts needed to make it work on a global scale — things like widespread, fast and cheap internet; low cost, powerful chips; affordable lithium battery technology; user-friendly touchscreens and displays — were ubiquitous.

It took until 2007 for Steve Jobs to spearhead Apple's all-out push to put the iPod into a phone (or vice versa) to make the General Magic dream come true.

October 31, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

I had the Sharp Zaurus, the Apple Newton, then the various Palm Pilots, then Gen 1 iPhone.

Gen 1 was a marvel, but my first and last iPhone.

Apple baked-in "screw you" from the outset. Counter-sunk headphone socket for starters.

Posted by: nonom | Nov 5, 2019 9:26:27 AM

Oh, failed miserably : (. What became of the visionary people? Did they slip away like Nikola Tesla? Or did they ultimately reap some reward from their ill timed foresight?

Posted by: tamra | Nov 1, 2019 1:39:42 AM

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