How text selection, copy, and paste made its way onto the iPhone

Former Apple interface designer Bas Ording tells how text selection made its way into the iPhone interface.

Ording — who left Apple last year after 15 years with the company — worked on multiple versions of the iPhone from the first generation model onwards. Other than the text selection patent, his main contributions included the look and feel of the iPhone’s pre-iOS 7 virtual keyboard, and the device’s scrolling functionality — including the recognizable “bounce” effect seen when you reach the bottom of a page.

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