Most of the sane people you know who are Apple users and are interested in upgrading their phones or watches will just head to Apple.com or use the Apple Store app when they have a chance over the weekend and get squared away. No big deal. It’s just a phone or watch, right? Yeah. For better or worse, that’s not me.
You can’t throw a digital rock across the Interwebs today without hitting an article opining on the ten year anniversary of the release of the original iPhone. It’s a momentous occasion, to be sure, but there’s not a lot to say on the importance of the iPhone that hasn’t already been said many, many times over. I wrote a piece on Steve Jobs’ announcement of the iPhone earlier this year to mark that ten year anniversary, so rather than add another drop to today’s ocean of iPhone articles, I will just stick with a bit of what I’ve already written.
Rather than tell you why the release of original iPhone was so significant, and what about it was so revolutionary, I think it’s more important to ask YOU why. To get the ball rolling, I am going to post an excerpt from my earlier article dealing with how I came to be an iPhone user:
The tech blogosphere was awash in a new rumor that gained steam over a week and seemed to peak yesterday- Apple would abandon the Lightning Connector for the next iPhone, which will have a USB-C charging port. I was skeptical as soon as I heard this because it would frankly be so out of character for Apple. They have always preferred to stick with proprietary connectors on their mobile devices, and have never shown any signs of changing this philosophy. However, there were some heavy hitters, such as the Wall Street Journal, reporting this yesterday, so it gained a lot of steam….until today.
It seems like the rumors of an iPhone 8 with an edge-to-edge screen, no Home Button and TouchID integrated into the display are getting to the point where that are looking less like rumors, and more like legitimate leaks. Apple has now been awarded a patent for technology covering a fingerprint sensor integrated into a screen for authentication.
It snuck up on me. New iOS devices have come and gone, new features have been revealed (and in a few notable cases, removed), and a titan of the electronic age has passed from this world. However, until I got reminder a couple of weeks ago while listening to Leo Laporte’s TWIT podcast, I had forgotten that we have officially reached the ten year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ tour de force announcement of the iPhone. There is something momentous about the passage of a decade, especially in the fast-moving realm of technology, making this a perfect time to both look back at what was, and also forward to the future.
A Personal Note
In a personal sense, what stands out to me is my own hubris at the time of the announcement. I certainly wasn’t alone in this, but it makes me laugh at myself a bit in hindsight. I had heard the rumors. I knew about the impending announcement of a big new piece of Apple hardware. However, even though I had dipped my toe into their ecosystem for the first time with a couple of iPods, I wasn’t interested. Not even a little. I was a longtime Windows Mobile PDA and Smartphone user with all of the accompanying apps and accessories. I was on XDA Forums when the original XDA actually existed, and Android was still just a glimmer in Andy Rubin’s eye. I had modded firmware and hacked and skinned, and anything else possible. I was so disinterested in Apple’s inevitable phone, that I didn’t actually see or hear Steve Jobs’ presentation until a few years later. I read the early reports on the event, and then the pre-release reviews later on as the release approached, but my interest in a new platform with no ability to load applications was lukewarm, at best through the majority of 2007.
The big iPhone announcement day is almost here, and just like they have in recent years, Apple will be live-streaming the Special Media Event. Â If you are available, and want to catch all the action and announcements as they are being presented you can follow on any iOS device or Mac running the latest version of Safari, as well as 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV’s. Â Here are the minimum requirements for the devices that support the live-stream
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later
- Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later
- PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
- Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco start will be where all the fun starts Â at 1 pm EST. Be sure you’re all set up ahead time and your browser is pointed at theÂ Apple Special EventsÂ page.Â