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Published on March 21st, 2017 | by Technable

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Ten Years of iPhone – Revolution in the Ways We Use Smartphones


Ten Years of iPhone – Revolution in the Ways We Use Smartphones

Be warned, this post can be a reminder of your age – something none of us really enjoy hearing about. However, it has to be said: it will be ten years, this year from the day that mobile phones changed for good. Ten years ago, on January 9, Steve Jobs stood at the Macworld conference and announced a new revolutionary smartphone called the iPhone.

On the day of the introduction, Jobs said he has three products to introduce. He said, “The first one is a wide-screen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.” Of course, people soon found out that Jobs isn’t about to bring out three separate products, but simply introduce a single product with all three functions – the iPhone.

The launch of the iPhone didn’t just change the course for Apple. It had wide-ranging influence in how the mobile phone industry shaped up to be. Not only did it dethrone the previous king, Nokia, it also changed and innovated the smartphone technology. Here’s a look at how.

 Internet at our fingertips

Perhaps the most notable revolution was the democratisation of the Internet. Previous mobiles had featured only limited Internet connectivity, meaning that most people still used the PC or a laptop to connect with the world. The iPhone turned it around providing consistent and reliable access online. People started using the Internet more, which made socialising and even working a lot different. You didn’t just need to work at the office, but you could start reading e-mails on your way to the office or reminding your friends about the upcoming date night on social media. Everybody became more connected – for good and for bad.

 Fingertips as our controller

Talking about fingertips, the Apple iPhone also changed the way we physically use a smartphone. Before the iPhone, phones either had a number pad as a keyboard, which made typing rather slow and complicated, or the high-end personal computer-style phones had a full on QWERTY keyboard built-in. This added the problem of fitting the keyboard in – either you compromised the size in terms of the screen or you made the mobile phone clumsy and thick.

Jobs wanted people to start using touch-screen technology. But without people using a stylus. According to Jobs, styluses are easy to break and lose. One minute you have it and the other you don’t. He wanted to utilize something you always carry with you: your fingers. Nowadays, phones are almost always touch-screen phones and you only need your fingertips to operate them. This has provided a number of different design options for manufacturers and size is not a problem any longer.

 Protection with our fingers

One final finger-related technology change introduced by the iPhone was the fingerprint scanning. The technology wasn’t invented by Apple, yet the iPhone made fingerprint scanning a much more common occurrence. Suddenly, almost all modern phones have the system inbuilt and you can protect your files with your fingertips.

 Provided us with virtual assistance

Artificial intelligence is a huge thing in the modern world and the technology is likely to move beyond basic robots in just a few years. Surprisingly to many, Apple’s iPhone is partly among the world’s leading players in the AI technology. It was the iPhone that first introduced us to virtual assistance in the form of Siri. The early Siri wasn’t able to help with much more than the basic requests, but the technology has quickly improved. Your smartphone now always comes with a virtual assistant and similar technologies are finding their way to our homes as well.

 Turned us into entrepreneurs

Interestingly, Apple also helped to build other peoples’ businesses. In fact, it’s largely thanks to the iPhone and its apps that we now have a multi-billion industry of app makers. Before the iPhone, it was the phone companies that fully controlled the operating systems – the money went only to the pockets of the manufacturers. When Apple introduced apps, it didn’t want to be solely in charge of adding this new content for phones – it asked others to do it through the App Store. So, we now have companies and entrepreneurs looking for that next killer app.

The apps aren’t the only way the smartphone has revolutionised our work life. The iPhone can turn any room into an office. You can even get printers and other office equipment cheaply at Staples and control them with your iPhone! What this means is that starting a business has never been easier. Not to mention you can download apps for accounting, note keeping and so on from the App Store and be an entrepreneur no matter where you are in the world.

The iPhone truly revolutionized the smartphone industry and the ways we use the phones. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next decade, as Tim Cook, the current CEO, has said that the “best is yet to come” with the iPhone –all eyes are currently on the out veiling of iPhone 8 later this year.


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