Former Apple engineers claim that copying and pasting were not available on the first iPhone


A former Apple engineer may have finally provided an explanation as to why the very first iPhone, which was released in 2007, did not actually feature any kind of copy and paste functionality.

After joining Apple in 2001, Ken Kocienda served as a key member of the team that created the first iPhone. A humorous anecdote was posted by Kocienda on Sunday, explaining why the original Apple phone lacked copy and paste.

According to Kocienda, the quick answer is that the team didn’t have time to “get it right” before the first iPhone was launched. The former Apple engineer indicated that he was working on the device’s keyboard, autocorrect, and text capability.

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They eventually worked on copy-and-paste capability some time after the iPhone was released. Kocienda claimed credit for the “magnifying text loupe,” which magnified the text that a user’s finger was resting on.

On the first iPhone, Kocienda offered an amazing tidbit: how to type messages. Engineers specifically said that WebKit was responsible for the vast majority of the content.

He noted that in the iPhone’s original text system, “all editable, stylized text was backed by WebKit,” he said. “The system was littered with tiny websites.” “The Web pages for each multiline UITextView were independent of each other.”

In 2003 and 2005, Kocienda brought text editing to WebKit; therefore, he was well-equipped for the task.

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