New book reveals the inner secrets behind Apple's development of the iPhone


On January 9th, 2007 Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone and it is not hyperbole to say that things were never the same again. For many of our readers, that lone event turned them into big time smartphone fans. Even though there were smartphones available on January 8th, 2007, by the time the sun set over New York City on January 9th it seemed that everyone was talking about this new touchscreen smartphone from Apple.

If you remember those days, and the long wait until the June 29th 2007 launch of the device, you'll be interested in a new book that will be released this coming Tuesday. Titled The One Device: The secret history of the iPhone, the hardcover tome can be pre-ordered from Amazon for $18.96, a 32% discount from the regular price of $28.

Excerpts from the book have been published by The Verge. From the beginning of the project, which was marked by disappearing engineers who were recruited on the sly, it was a long, tough road to finish the device that became the most famous and influential consumer product of the 21st Century. Senior iPhone engineer Andy Grignon says that for many who worked on the iPhone, including himself, "the iPhone ruined more than a few marriages."

The book delves into the origin of the iPhone, which seemed to be the next evolutionary step after the extremely successful iPod. It also mentions a few interesting tidbits about the first iTunes phone, the Motorola Rokr. The plan for this device was to give Rokr owners a taste of iTunes so that they would want to upgrade to an iPod.

According to the book, Apple considered buying Motorola in 2003, but felt it would be too expensive. Additionally, Jobs had some reservations about producing a phone including his worry that the carriers wielded too much power. He also was concerned that such a device would be desired by "the pocket protector crowd" only. Jobs needed a lot of convincing before he eventually backed the project that produced Apple's all-time highest grossing product. By 2004, Apple's CEO committed to building a phone, and the rest is history. 

source: TheVerge

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17 Comments

1. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

This is stupid. Only a fool would buy a book containing info many already know and can be Googled for free. PA so desperate to keep posting dumb articles about Apple. Tim Cook must have some skills.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Jesus Techie, if you're gonna use an alt account, at least TRY to hide the fact it's you. The only thing that could make it more obvious is an array of misspelled pronouns.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why try to make it look like that non techie guy? Does it make you feel better? Besides his point about it being a stupid book, most definitely has its merits. Especially when Apple's last book was a picture book which cost around $300, and that book was just a stupid picture book with little to no words. Look it's a known fact that Apple has enough loyal sheeple, that would buy anything from Apple. If Apple made and sold poop on a rope. Then Apple would sell a lot of them. It's just a fact.

15. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You're just as much of a joke as techie is.

14. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

At this point, he's just a joke now.

16. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

@kiko007. In the past when he was using this account he was covered up with misspelled words. So he might be typing from computer. He's keeping quite why he's restricted or banned.

9. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Why write any non-fiction then? What a dumbass

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You are the only stupid Techie.

3. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Let me guess, it will cost 499$.....

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I was expecting a $599 price tag.

4. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Stupid Motorola, your​ technicians presented the Smartphone by two hands to Apple.

5. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Interesting

6. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

When phones still fit in the palms of our hands

8. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

And eyes squinted to read them

7. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

Everything seems to revolve around my birthday now, if only there was an iPhone launching on the 20th and not a book about it. There is you say? But why is it called OnePlus5? /s

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

A product that changed our life deserves more than that.

17. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Right, cnour build the temple and pray for apple. :)))) get to apple what it deserves in your little mind :))

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