Touchscreen Copy and Paste Was Easy On Newton…

The most controversial omission of the iPhone’s feature set is its bizarre lack of copy and paste. While anyone who has spent a cursory amount of time trying to figure out the interaction design for multitouch copy and paste using Apple’s guidelines will discover that it’s a little bit harder than it seems.

Even so, it shouldn’t be out of Apple’s depth — they’re kind of the best in the world for interface design. Which is why it should come as no surprise that Apple had touchscreen copy and paste figured out on the Newton 15 years ago, as shown in option8’s video above.

Via BoingBoing

  • clicknathan

    Heh, it’d be hilarious if copy & paste was the big to do at the upcoming event.

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