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Chapter 1. When is a Phone Not a Phone?

Chapter 1. When is a Phone Not a Phone?

On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs addressed a group of adoring Mac heads at the annual MacWorld conference. He talked about how Nokia had pioneered the mobile phone industry and created some of the best mobile phones in the market. He talked about how Blackberry had changed the world by creating devices that excelled at getting e-mails anywhere in the world securely and quickly, allowing you to respond to them instantly. He talked about how desktop computers were fantastic for browsing the Web, but no one had quite captured that desktop browsing experience in a handheld. Steve then showed the world the first iPhone—the world's first phone, e-mail, and mobile Internet device. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to have one.

I am, and have been an unabashed Apple fan. Both my parents were teachers and were able to check out Apple computers from the school library during the summer. This meant that I spent almost every summer of grade school in front of a monitor with the Apple logo on it. The iPhone was the culmination of all of those summers' enthusiasm times one thousand.


  

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