It’s become difficult to remember a time when phones had buttons and directions had to be printed, and the iPhone has a lot to do with that. The iPhone was first described by Apple Inc. cofounder Steve Jobs in 2007 as a “revolution.” He was right. Using a BlackBerry (among the first and most popular of the “smartphones”) is the tech equivalent of using an AOL e-mail account. And most cell phones on the market today are heavily inspired by technology made and marketed by Apple. But if that’s not enough proof of its technological and cultural cache, here is a quick list of other claims by Jobs that have been borne out:
A device “smarter than any that’s ever been” ✅
Even when it first dropped, the iPhone could tell the difference between intentional and unintentional touch, surf the web and merge calls. And the latest iPhones, with at least 32 gigabytes of storage, have 480,000 times the computer memory of the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which left Earth in 1977 and is now cruising interstellar space.
A “revolutionary user interface” ✅
A touch screen, scrolling through contacts and music and e-mail, a keyboard that goes away when you aren’t using it, a single home button, they all originate with the iPhone.
A “breakthrough Internet communicator” ✅
The “Internet in your pocket for the first time” ✅
Technically, one could get online with a BlackBerry and other early smartphones, but could you go to a web site to browse the day’s news? Not even close. The iPhone brought a computer-level Internet experience to the very small screen.
A “reinvention of the phone” ✅
In 2007, close to 90 percent of American households had a landline, according to governmental data. Last year, about 51 percent of households said they were “cell-phone only” and that number is steadily growing.