Technology is forever changing and will be for many years to come. With most people around the world growing with whatever new products are released and doing whatever they can to stay up-to-date with the most current technology trends, many individuals jump from one product to the next to better serve their entertainment and work-based needs. When looking at the types of technology that’s currently available, a lot of it comes from the creative minds at Apple. In most cases, they were and continue to be the first to come up with a new idea, which itself has lead to many other companies using and building on Apple’s ideas to come up with ones similar for their own products, and their audiences alike. Whether you want to admit to it or not, Apple has been arguably the biggest contributor to today’s technology, and on the occasion that Apple doesn’t win the market, they still define the market time and time again.
The first iPhone went on sale 10 years ago on June 29 and laid the foundation for the modern smartphone, forever changing the way we access information, entertainment and go throughout our day-to-day lives. The original iPhone introduced two of the most used concepts that are now at the core of mobile computers in modern technology: the touch screen and the App Store. While touch-enabled devices existed before the iPhone, it was one of the first to really popularise the technology, and is arguably the reason we have the current popularity of tablet, detachable, convertible and 2-in-1 products that we have today.
“An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator,” Steve Jobs famously said on stage at Macworld in 2007 when revealing the first ever iPhone to hit the market. “Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device.”
Collectively, the iPhone and the App Store established the idea that an electronic device could be more than just a phone, or just a camera, or just a gaming console. Upon it’s launch, the market for smartphones in general skyrocketed, and various companies around the world began to create their own versions of the device in hope to cash in on the growing market. In time, almost every smartphone device adopted a rectangle-like shape with curved edges and competed for the newest and most appealing internal specs and features. The release was more than just a phone to many. It both revitalised and redefined what a phone really was, and for many the iPhone quickly became a status symbol.
Now, 10 years on, Apple has a number of products, including iPhones, iPads, Macbook Laptops, Mac Computers, Apple Watches, Apple TV, various accessories and much more. The brand as a whole has introduced even more ground-breaking features that are quickly becoming the industry standard, and are building on new ideas with every new product released. Facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, augmented reality and high-definition video quality are just a few of the features that are expected with every new Apple product.
What the next decade will produce is still unknown, but what can easily be predicted is that companies all over the world will be competing to create the next product to change how we all live forever – in other words, the next iPhone. Whatever that product may be will likely make us look back on the technology we have and appreciate today and the differences between what we currently have and what we will in the future. Regardless of whether you like Apple products or not, it’s hard to deny that Apple’s first smartphone was impressive, innovative and one of the most influential products.