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The Samsung trial marched on today, with Apple’s Greg Christie taking the stand. You might remember Christie, the senior software engineer, from this WSJ article last month, where he detailed some of the early stages of original iPhone development. And this afternoon, he did the same thing in court.

More specifically, Christie shared some new details on the development of the iPhone’s ‘Slide to Unlock,’ which is one of the patents that Apple’s accusing  Samsung of infringing. He said initially, his team wanted the handset’s display to be always on, but they quickly discovered it needed a locked mode…

Recode and CNET have more from Christie’s testimony:

We couldn’t meet our power requirements if we had that active a state,” Apple human-interface head Greg Christie said on Friday, testifying at the Apple-Samsung patent trial. “We had to resort to a power button.” The company was also worried about the phone sending inadvertent emails or “pocket dialing.”

“We knew we had to have a locked mode, or a locked state, where it wouldn’t let you do most things, except you could unlock it.” Christie and his team then worked on a solution, eventually settling on the slide-to-unlock mechanism that shipped on the iPhone and is among the patented features at issue in the case.

Christie also reiterated that developing the iPhone was a serious risk for the company, as it was new territory—something Apple has brought up many times. He said creating the phone took three years, and it went through hundreds of design tweaks to ensure it worked in a way ‘anyone’ could understand.

One of the biggest challenges is that we need to sell products to people who don’t do what we do for a living,” Christie, one of the inventors of the slide-to-unlock iPhone feature, said. When designing products, Apple keeps in mind that it wants “normal people – people with better things to do with their lives than learn how a computer might work – to use the product as well as we can.” […]

Christie, the second witness to testify for Apple in this trial, after marketing chief Phil Schiller, walked the jury on Friday through the process of developing the first iPhone in the mid-2000s. Much of his time on the stand was spent emphasizing Apple’s efforts to make the device easy to use. According to various surveys Apple conducted — and that were made available as court exhibits — ease of use is the most important factor for smartphone buyers. 

As a whole, Apple is trying to make the case that the inventions it’s suing Samsung over are extremely valuable to its business and worth a significant amount of money. The company is asking for some $2 billion in damages from the Korean handset maker for infringing on 5 of its software utility patents.

  • Tobias9413

    Slightly unrelated but does anyone know a maybe a release date window for the next iphone? I only ask because one of my friends who works at a mobile store told me that they plan on pushing this iphone release to closer to the end of summer and not fall.

    • appletimemac

      I work for a wireless carrier, and I assure you, that’s not official by any means. We don’t know until MAYBE a week before hand, and with iPhones, we know when they’re announced during the keynote like everyone else.

    • Justice and Malice

      Slightly unrelated? It’s miles apart.

  • David Gitman

    I miss the old unlock 🙁

    • I have my old 3g so I am still in the party. 🙂

    • Anthony Snyder

      Animation or the fact you slide a slider?

      They added sliders like the old slide to unlock in 7.1 to replace all the general just slide over the rectangle button-ish things…. so maybe that’ll ease some of your nostalgia?

      • David Gitman

        The slider 🙁

    • Straw hat

      Theres a tweak for that on cydia called classiclockscreen i think by the dev who made classic dock. Check it out

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        There’s a tweak but it’s useless. It crashes a lot and you can’t use lockscreen tweaks like forecast and Intelliscreen x and basically every lockscreen tweak in existence…

      • XboxOne

        That’s the risk you have to take.

    • SkyFall

      If you are jailbroken there’s a tweak that’s called ClassicLockScreen. It puts the pre-iOS 7 lock screen on iOS 7.

      • David Gitman


  • Jack Wong

    We already knew… it is up to 7th generation already… -.-

  • Patenting what they infringed on, then suing others as-if they invented it…only a great artist would make such hypocritical move.

    • Ron Rainz

      Kind of like what Microsoft did when it copied the original Mac GUI and named it “Windows”, right? >:)

      All humor aside: One (The iPhone) is a smartphone, the other (WinCE – see what I did there?) is not. Proof of concept in the patent world refers to proof of existing prior art within the defined parameters of a similar product. In Layman’s terms: Since the Windows Phone described above is a dumb-phone which does not run a 100%- touch-optimized OS similar to iOS and Android, it can not be considered prior art to Apple’s “Slide to Unlock” concept.

      But don’t let the facts confuse you… Meme on!

      • So, there’s a separate category for SmartPhones and feature-phones in the patent system? That’s stupid, ’cause the features of a feature phone’s software can then be stolen and appended in a SmartPhone software…which is what makes the theft legal…learn something new everyday.

      • Ron Rainz

        It doesn’t just pertain to smartphones vs. Feature-phones, but to all product categories. I won’t argue that the patent system has flaws in it, because it sure as heck does.

        But if you think about it, many feature-phone features have made it on to modern day smartphones, and are considered to be stand-alone smartphone patents. It’s not just Apple who’s taking out patents on features which previously existed in feature-phones, mind you.

        Front facing camera? – existed in the Nokia 9190. Earphone jack on a phone – existed back in the Sony Ericsson Walkman days. But what didn’t exist back in those days was software that is as sophisticated as the one present in today’s smartphones (iOS and Android). Today’s phones are handheld computers, whilst the feature-phones were just phones.

        A lot of this might seem weird and twisted, but its the way the system works. Gotta know the rules before you play the game, right? 😉

      • Good points. BTW, the swipe-to-unlock patent was invalidated in the Netherlands using the above pictured product…

      • Ron Rainz

        Well, again – if we delve in to the realm of patents, its a very convoluted mesh that consists of similar yet different rules and regulations between countries. While said patent was invalidated in the Netherlands, it was upheld in the US and Japan, so as you can see – there isn’t a worldwide consensus on the matter (And there should be…).

        Aside from the facts that I mentioned above regarding the inconsistencies in worldwide patent regulation, there is a distinction between different features and patents. There are Standard Essential Patents which usually become FRAND patents (Fair, Reasonable And Non Discriminatory), and these pertain to features that are essential for a device to function as a phone which can compete in the market. Think of WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth technology as adequate examples.

        Then there are IP patents which pertain to Intellectual Property, and under this category you can find things such as Apple’s “Slide to Unlock”, the individual look and feel of iOS, and even down to the nitty-gritty of product packaging.

        To answer your question more specifically, and to the point: Certain countries consider all phones equal, be they dumbphones or smartphones. Others, make a distinction between dumbphones and smartphones. There isn’t “one ring to rule them all” in the patent world. Its pretty much a mess, which is why you see one court in a certain country rule X, whilst another court in another country rules Y.

        So you see, friend – the world “stolen” is really a subjective and over-simplified point of view in this case. Dumbphones existed before smartphones, and most dumbphone features made it on to the smartphone. Its called evolution.

      • xSeriouSx

        What exactly do you mean by “stand-alone smartphone patents”? Are they patents of features/functions stolen from other categories and brought to the SmartPhone category? Please someone shed some light on that part..

    • @kgelner:disqus :

      “If you watch the actual video (http://bit ly/1sjysnv)

      You are NOT swiping on the screen. You are swiping in a narrow touchpad area, like gestures with the palm pilot. Also there are no indicators that you need to swipe to unlock which is part of Apple’s paent.”

      Although there are some differences within the swipe gesture shown in the video and what apple has, it is the EXACT same thing that Apple is suing Samsung over. This gesture for unlocking is what Apple is suing over, even though their slide to unlock looks NOTHING like what Samsung and other android platforms offer. That’s the point here…

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    • N&LH

      If you look at Windows phone 8.1 update. All new features inspired by IOS and Android. Then you said in a previous comment “Amazing features”

      • @N&LH : “If you look at Windows phone 8.1 update. All new features inspired by IOS and Android. Then you said in a previous comment “Amazing features””

        K, what’s your point? Where do you see Microsoft suing others for those features?

      • N&LH

        My point is clear. All companies copy each others. So when you said in a previous comment “Amazing Features ” in Windows phone 8.1, why you did not say Microsoft copied them from IOS and Android?. The answer to the question is very simply. You are Microsoft fan

      • Your point is vague and thus far, doesn’t relate to what my post is about; great artist.

        Regarding Microsoft copying, you seem to have ignoramusly watched that video demoing cortana…why am I not surprised. If you actually paid attention (if you can even do that to non-Apple videos), you’d realize the great features they added on top of what Siri offers, which is what I was referring to.

        All companies copy and improve on stuff; if they didn’t we wouldn’t have competition. Only a handful steal stuff (by claiming what they copied to be theirs, i.e. patenting it) and sue others for copying what they stole…like a great artist.

  • and that is why we Jailbreak; because we are not the “normal ones”……

  • Junk Mail

    Trying to “sync” music, photos and apps through iTunes is much more difficult for beginners than the simple drag and drop of Android. I’ve known many people who have accidentally wiped their phone that way.

  • Slide to unlock took all of a few hours to develop. Not worth 100s of millions of dollars. I hope Apple wins very very little. I want companies to stop suing and copy one another more. I want better products. I dont care if Apple steals from Samsung or vs versa. I don’t benefit from patents. Patents hinder features coming to me and to you. At least tech patents shouldn’t last longer than 5 years at the very most.

    On a side note why in the world has Samsung not asked for a change in venue. They, especially “they” a Korean company, have no hope of winning a law suit, or paying a reasonable amount, in a court room 15min drive from Apple head quarters.