NICK ROSS

PC & Tech Authority - - FEATURE | 250TH ISSUE -

It’s a bor­ing and pre­dictable an­swer but I’m go­ing to say mo­bile phones with a par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence to the iPhone. I’m not even a fan of Ap­ple prod­ucts, but the fact re­mains that when Jobs rst waved that thing around on stage I scoffed and dismissed it as a silly pub­lic­ity stunt for a vapour­ware de­vice that would be bet­ter suited as Star-Trekian prop. But as PC Author­ity said when it launched, “It pulls the rug from ev­ery­thing that’s come be­fore it.” That it (for bet­ter or worse) has sub­se­quently trans­formed so­ci­ety in many ways is al­most in­ci­den­tal. The fact that I still re­mem­ber Dave Stephen­son’s re­view of it is prob­a­bly telling. Also, I was work­ing on PCA at the time.

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