I'm a freelance journalist and all-around tech nerd. I've written for places like WIRED and Macworld, among others. I love travel, coffee, sunny days and a lot of other, more nerdy, things. Obsessive tweeter and checker-iner; constantly seeking the answer to "how much coffee is too much coffee?" There really isn’t a theme to this blog other than the random stuff that pops into my head. Some of it is serious and some (okay, a lot of it) is silly. Hit me up on Twitter or the random Formspring thing if you want to ask me something. Check out the "Stuff I've Done" page to see my published work and stuff that doesn't have memes in it.
2007: The iPhone (Gadgets)
“Every once in awhile a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” Steve Jobs said when he unveiled the first iPhone at the Macworld Expo in 2007. He was right. The iPhone was and is revolutionary. It did change everything.
The iPhone, hell, smartphones in general, are so ubiquitous now it’s easy to forget it was just six years ago when the iPhone first said hello. But the iPhone was the first device that challenged our expectations of what mobile devices can, and should, do. It was the first device that took the mobile phone from something ugly, unreliable, and unwieldy to something elegant, intuitive, and sexy.
It was the first handset to have a multitouch screen, visual voicemail, and its own browser that could access any web page, not just WAP versions of pages. You could store up to 16 GB of music, photos, notes, and e-mails on one device. Wi-Fi and EDGE (and later 3G) capabilities meant you could stay connected no matter where you went. By putting e-mail, web-browsing, and maps at our fingertips it changed not just how we communicate but how we consume information.
And, perhaps most importantly, it’s responsible for the robust app ecosystem we have today. The iPhone jumpstarted the now billion-dollar mobile-apps industry. It was a full year after the iPhone came out when the first third-party apps were introduced. But what started off as just 500 apps quickly spawned into the multi-billion dollar industry of hundreds of thousands of apps we have today.
The Decades That Invented the Future, Part 11: 2001-2010 My contribution to Wired’s decades series on why the iPhone was the most important gadget to come out of the last decade.
My mother, on life. Thanks for keeping it real, Mom