|Place of Origin||USA|
|Materials||Aluminum, Sapphire glass, Plastic, Cobalt, Graphite, Lithium, Gold, Silver, Copper, Tungsten, Tantalum, Silicon, Phosphorus, Antimony, Arsenic, Boron, Indium, Gallium, Tin, Nickel, Neodymium, Praseodymium, Dysprosium, Iron, Potassium, Indium, Rare Earth Metals|
by anonymous student
The iPhone was launched in 2007. At that time touchscreens had been on the market for a while, however Apple adapted capacitive touchscreens to the iPhone. With the capacitive touchscreen, the panel could be glass which allowed for more accuracy and comfort for the user.
An important part of this new smartphone concept was the user-friendly interface for the operating system, which is nowadays rarely considered something special. Apple’s App Store allowed developers to build apps and more importantly, allowed users to modify their devices.
At that time, growing mobile broadband networks, known as 2G and 3G, supported the new operating system. It also allowed users to carry the internet with them everywhere, which has had a huge impact on modern life.
Back in 2007 the iPhone was groundbreaking and really started a new era. With its smooth touchscreen, user-friendly interface and internet access, the iPhone created a turning point.
So why is this important for us today? On the 9th of January 2007, a new concept, the device we still use today, was announced. It may have a different size, colour, operating system or brand, but the concept has stayed more or less unchanged.
The iPhone paved the way for smart phones of all kinds, and allowed for the growth of social media and internet access. It also allowed our hands to be continually tied to our devices and our minds to be permanently logged in.
Hernawan, B. (November 13, 2017). iPhone [photograph]. Retrieved from: https://unsplash.com/photos/A6JxK37IlPo.