Multi-touch: Many questions to one desire....

Andy Green andy at
Wed Mar 5 16:42:44 CET 2008

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Somebody in the thread at some point said:
> On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 8:42 AM, Michael 'Mickey' Lauer
> <mickey at> wrote:
>> The ubiquitous zooming and rotating examples are not convincing me at all.
> They seem pretty cool to me.
>>  So... where are those usecases that apply to a phone?
> How do you right-click on a touchscreen?  The old way has been to hold
> down the stylus for some timeout period.  But with multitouch there

> disassembled the iPhone (and the Air) and discovered that; I haven't
> found anything on Broadcom's site.  So I don't understand if Apple was
> able to coerce them into making it exclusive.  I mean, Apple bought

Dell used to be attractive because they had exclusive availability for
certain technologies for some period, eg in the early days only Dells
had UXGA LCD at a reasonable price.  So it wouldn't surprise me Apple
had the same strategic deal they blew money on for exclusivity on
critical technology they don't actually own the rights to.

However I agree with Mickey, it is dangerous to focus overmuch on every
technology that exists on any competitor product and try to stuff
everything in the one device.  It will be a much better device that is
perfectly adapted to the intended genuinely useful use-case and that is
not the same as ticking every single box in terms of features.  Unless
it hits a nail on the head for genuine use multitouch or other
$COMPETITOR_FEATURE can just be a distraction.

- -Andy
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