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I found a David Pogue review from February 2007 for two products which appear to do essentially the same thing as visual voicemail (only better as they have the option to transcribe to text!! which according to Pogue "it's astonishing close"):
1) SimulScribe
2) SpinVox
How can Apple say Visual Voicemail is "an industry first". I'm a little surprised there hasn't been more vigorously disputed. What do you think? Is there something I'm missing?

Google:
Pogues review: "Freedom for Prisoners of Voice Mail"
"visual voicemail" +BlackBerry

 

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apple always distorts and/or exaggerates its claims, and waits for the competition to take legal action.

example: The World's Fastest PC ad campaign for the G5.
Apple's 'world's fastest PC' ad banned
Tech Digest: Apple's 'world's fastest PC' ad banned

They are also not above taking other people's ideas and claiming them as their own. Apple has a long history of doing this. Just looking through the preview pages for Leopard, it's obvious that 'Spaces' is taken from Gnome. Dashboard is a shameless plundering of Konfabulator.
 

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Well, Apple did show it off in January of that year, and I believe that is also when they made that claim, so it looks like there is no conflict with the V-VM issue.

As for Konfabulator, it was itself a shameless ripoff of Apple's Desk Accessories in System 7 (!). So I don't really think Apple could be accused of stealing an idea which originated with them anyway.

Desk Accessory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Apple isn't always the innovator (although, unfortunately and due to the sad state of the tech industry at large, they usually are) but what they really excel at is bringing new ideas/technology to the mass market. It could be argued that is probably even more important than the innovation itself.
 
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