Apple vs. Samsung may be a dull affair in the big picture sense, but when you start digging in to the evidence offered up at court, some tasty tidbits start to surface. On Friday, Greg Christie – the head of Apple’s human interface team – took the stand and revealed the companies original plan to have the iPhone as an ‘always on’ device.
They wanted to make it a device that was never asleep and could be used by a simple tap on the screen. But, with concerns over power consumption as well as accidental screen touches and pocket dialing, it became clear that another method was needed. As was a power button.
As reported by Re/code:
“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.”
“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 said.
In some ways, as I made clear in my rant about Siri’s restricted functionality, an ‘always on’ state is something close to what I’d love to see. Now, I don’t think that the screen should be on all the time. That would be a massive battery drain. Instead, if Siri was always waiting for a command, and could be activated without touching the device, that could go someway to making Apple’s early dreams a reality.