How the iPhone Disrupted and Changed Everything

John Gruber:

The iPod’s success fooled almost everyone (including me) into thinking that Apple’s entry into the phone market would be similar. The iPod was the world’s best portable media player; the “iPhone”, thus, would likely be the world’s best cell phone.

But that’s not what it was. It was the world’s best portable computer. Best not in the sense of being the most powerful, or the fastest, or the most-efficient to use. The thing couldn’t even do copy-and-paste. It was the best because it was always there, always on, always just a button-push away. The disruption was not that we now finally had a nice phone; it was that, for better or for worse, we would now never again be without a computer or the Internet. […]

And that’s how it always starts. Apple introduces a device that may not have all the bells and whistles, but which often disrupts the status quo and changes how things are done.

The iPhone has seen many upgrades and add-ons, and it stands as one of the best phones on the market. It changed the mobile and computer industry into what we know it to be today. Whether you like it or not, there is no disputing this fact.

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