The history of the iPhone
Despite the fact that Steve Jobs is seen as the undisputed great visionary, he had almost prevented an iPhone from being released. He did not believe that there was a market for mobile telephony and found it clumsy devices.
On November 7, 2014, the then vice president of Apple Michael Bell wrote an email to Steve. It was already late in the evening and he wanted to argue why there were many opportunities in the market for the iPhone. Steve called back immediately and then after an hour-long discussion tacked to go. He gave a go to put together a team to work on it.
The iPhone has had many working names during its development. One of them was the name "Telepod". That sounded futuristic according to the developers. Another name was "Mobi" which stood for a shortened version of the word mobile.
The gadget was announced on 9 January 2007 and officially introduced on 29 June 2007. When the iPhone 1 was available in stores a few weeks later, 270,000 were sold in the first week. On day 1, despite the high purchase price of 499 dollars, people were standing in line at the door to get one.
What makes the iPhone so iconic?
The iPhone was the first Smartphone with a touchscreen that looked like a cool gadget. It was modern and stylish in every detail. It was also the first time that you had all the functions that were possible in one device. From music to photos to a route planner, you had one device in the palm of your hand. That had never been shown before.
Many have tried to mimic Apple's success, but so far no one has. With Apple's closed eco-system, many Apple users don't want to switch brands, which keeps their market share stable. On average, Apple is responsible for more than 10% of all Smartphone sales worldwide.
Which iPhone models are on the market?
- iPhone 2G
- iPhone 3G
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 5E
- iPhone 6/6+
- iPhone 6S/6S+
- iPhone 7/7+
- iPhone 8/8+
- iPhone X
- iPhone Xr
- iPhone XS/XS max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro / Pro max
Criticism of the iPhone
There has also been criticism of the iPhone over the years. Mainly because it has been the trigger for a true Smartphone addiction epidemic and in the past a number of smartphones have exploded.
There is also criticism among the Apple fanatics. For example, Apple is said to show too little innovation in the field of Smartphone technology and the purchase price is far too high.
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