The iPod-based interface that lost out to iOS for the iPhone

The iPod-based interface that lost out to iOS for the iPhone:

Instead of the modern touch-driven interface we now call iOS, it featured an operating system dubbed “Acorn OS” (this was an internal code name, and it unclear if it would have kept that name if it had been released), which is derived from the acorn shown on boot. It presents an on-screen click wheel, which took up the bottom portion of the screen, and on the other half of the screen, a UI identical to the one found on the beloved iPod, with options such as “Dial”, “SMS”, “Music”, “Contacts” and “Recents”, however lacking a browser option. The interface is interacted with in the same way an iPod would be operated.

Thank goodness Apple did not go with that option. The iPhone shook up the entire phone industry and, in my opinion, is single-handedly responsible for the interface of all the smartphones we use today. I had other touchscreen phones and PDAs before the iPhone came out (namely Palms and Windows Phone 5), and while they were usable, they just never worked as well as they could.

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New Beginnings

It’s been almost a year since I posted here. A lot has happened since then.

I completed the FRACP examinations. I got a new job as an Advanced Trainee in one of the specialties that I intend to specialise in (I plan on dual-specialising) at a major tertiary hospital in Melbourne. This new job necessitates an inter-state move from Newcastle. We’ve been packing, and now we’re looking for a place in Melbourne.

My wife is coming down with me. She’s leaving her job in Newcastle, and is looking for one in particular, though she has a casual vacancy job lined up already (with her credentials, she was a shoo in, even if I do say so myself). She’s very excited about the move and to start work in a new place.

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