It was the year of 1998. The year when the first iPhone was released. You think we are fooling around? No, this is no joke.
InfoGear Technology Corporation or just InfoGear was an American technology company founded in 1995 which developed a new type of desktop phone which was named simply – iPhone. InfoGear showed their phone at The International Consumer Electronics Show, CES. Costing $499, this iPhone device initiated the very early use of touch technology, visual voicemail and some basic apps. A few years later, the other widely known company from Silicon Valley acquired InfoGear and its trademark of the iPhone in 2000. Once again, that wasn’t Apple. It was Cisco Systems – enterprise networking hardware company. Cisco didn’t have much success with these desktop phones in the following years. Yes, those phones had good reviews but they just haven’t found their way to consumers as expected.
Project Purple 2
In 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented an idea of using a multi-touch touchscreen to interact with a device. This helped with removing the physical keyboard and mouse. After reviewing the prototype and its interface, he estimated the second idea. Implementing this technology on mobile phones. That project was named Project Purple 2. Finally, iPhone by Apple was introduced by Steve Jobs on January 9, in 2007. Apple rather easily came to an agreement with Cisco over the iPhone trademark.
Most fascinating facts about iPhone through time
One of the unusual things that changed phone’s first appearance was one bold decision of Steve Jobs. Four weeks before its launch, Steve made a decision to put the glass instead of a plastic screen on iPhone. He noticed that the screen was scratched by his keys. This small point in time brought in this game other established company – Foxconn. Foxconn is widely known for its Foxconn city and scandals that followed its factory plant. But let’s stick to the iPhone.
Did you know that Apple sold more than one billion iPhones in just ten years of production? That’s a lot of Apple’s worldwide. What is more interesting, iPhone is Apples most profitable device by far. Iconic smartphone estimates as nearly as 75% of all Apple’s revenue.
Ironically, Apple iPhones are powered by processors made by Samsung.
iPhone is a mobile phone that holds numerous records in terms of patents. More than 200 of them are registered. Interestingly, Apple also patents the designs of its packaging and also, interestingly, the body design. The company claims that it has the exclusive right to use these rounded corners and home buttons. This act was absurd and genius in the same way.
Also, the phone got its fight both in the cultural-sense and marketing, since many well-known artists, athletes and influencers, in one moment of time, rushed into sharing selfies with Apples in their hands. We must agree on this.
One thing is certain. iPhone gained its badge for the most iconic device in the 21st century. Definitely. At least for now.
What are your thoughts? Do you see a device that can defeat the iPhone in the future?
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