There's no question that Apple is an innovative and forward-thinking company, but who knew that it was so forward-thinking that it could actually predict the future?
With the announcement of every new iPhone release (4S, coming your way October 14), there comes a hoard of predictions and speculations. Will it be smaller? Will it have new apps? What calling plan providers will support it? Can I finally afford it? But Apple predicted the iPhone's most impressive new feature way back in 1987.
An old video made by Apple shows a future where a voice-based virtual assistant is used on a touchscreen computer; a system that is eerily similar to the Siri voice-recognizing assistant that will be a part of the iPhone 4S. Even more amazing (or creepy, depending on how you look at things) is how accurate the dates in the 1987 video are. It shows a calendar with September 16 as the current date, and the virtual assistant brings up a 5-year-old paper from 2006; making the day the video takes place September 16, 2011.
So 24 years ago, Apple predicted one of its most impressive innovations--and only missed the actual release date by one month!