THe one THAT cHAngeD every­THIng

HWM (Malaysia) - - IMPACT - By Alvin Soon

This year marks the 10th year an­niver­sary of the first iPhone, and it’s hard to un­der­score how it changed every­thing.

First, imag­ine all that it has re­placed in our ev­ery­day lives — not just the ‘non­s­mart’ mo­bile phone, but also mu­sic play­ers, cam­eras, maps, torch­lights, per­sonal cal­en­dars, cal­cu­la­tors, news­pa­pers, con­tact books - the list goes on. That list also in­cludes ti­tans Nokia, Palm and Black­berry, once the kings of mo­bile, now cau­tion­ary tales for busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives.

Sec­ond, re­mem­ber all that the iPhone has ad­vanced. The first true mo­bile in­ter­net com­mu­ni­ca­tor drove the need for wide­spread mo­bile data in­fra­struc­ture. Some of the most pop­u­lar ser­vices in the world to­day, like In­sta­gram and What­sApp, launched on iOS, and others, like Uber, couldn’t ex­ist with­out it. Ev­ery smart­phone to­day re­sem­bles the iPhone, with a large mul­ti­touch glass screen, more than it does any pre-iPhone smart­phone, with phys­i­cal key­boards and ca­pac­i­tive screens.

Lastly, con­sider its suc­cess. In 2006, be­fore it in­tro­duced the iPhone, Ap­ple’s most pop­u­lar prod­uct was the iPod, and the com­pany was val­ued at a mean of US$60.39 bil­lion dollars. At the time of this writ­ing, Ap­ple is val­ued at US$748.2 bil­lion and the iPhone brings in most of its sales, with more than one bil­lion iPhones sold in the last 10 years.

The word ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary’ has been overused, but it aptly fits the iPhone. The iPhone changed every­thing by kick-start­ing the smart­phone rev­o­lu­tion, and 10 years later, we’re still reel­ing from its im­pact.

The iPhone changed every­thing by kick­start­ing the smart­phone rev­o­lu­tion, and 10 years later, we’re still reel­ing from its im­pact.

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