Capps was the principle UI architect of the Newton OS, which (as you may have gathered) I still consider to be the best general-purpose interface I’ve seen. Yes, better than Macintosh. When the Newton was canned and the group dissolved, Capps left Apple, resurfacing quietly in the UI group at Microsoft.
Then all went quiet. We never really heard what he was up to, and it’s been years. Windows XP doesn’t exactly exhibit much of the Newton’s elegance or simplicity; it seems inconceivable that, if Capps had anything to do with it, he’s particularly happy with the result.
And now this latest twist. Is this patent based on new work (which would suggest that Capps is back at Apple) – or is it merely a result of Apple trawling back through the dusty files labelled ‘Newton,’ and giving due credit?
Maybe I should have set up that ‘Cappswatch’ website I mooted a couple of years ago. Heh.