iPhone was announced on on January 9, 2007 and it was released on June 29, 2007. Time magazine named it the Invention of the Year in 2007. And no doubt it’s the world most bestselling mobile phone. iPhone makes the Apple worlds third largest mobile company following Nokia and Samsung. I am one of the few lucky ones who got their iPhone Edge a.k.a iPhone 2G outside the US in year 2007. I still remember it was OS 1.0 with Modem FW 03.11.02_G out of box. It was purchased by my friend on 2 July 2007 in US and he handed me on the first week of October on his annual INDIA visit. And since then i’ve never used any other phone for a single day and i am proud of it 😉
It’s since A year ago Wired magazine published The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry. The article by wired is a must read for every iPhoneaholic. Since the article is really long and boring sometime we extracted a brief summary of iPhone’s untold story.
- Steve Jobs started thinking of making a mobile phone back in 2002 when he saw that cell phones and music players will someday converge and challenge the iPod.
- Apple initially joined forces with Motorola which resulted in the doomed ROKR iTunes phone.
- In February 2005, Jobs met with Cingular senior execs to discuss a Motorola-free partnership and then laid out his plans. He presented a three-part message to the executives:
– Apple had the technology to build something truly revolutionary, "light-years ahead of anything else."
– Apple was prepared to consider an exclusive arrangement to get that deal done.
– But Apple was also prepared to buy wireless minutes wholesale and become a de facto carrier itself.
In the fall of 2006, only a few months before Macworld 2007, the iPhone prototype was still a ruin; it wasn’t just buggy, it flat-out didn’t work.
- For full secrecy, the iPhone project was known as P2, short for Purple 2 (the abandoned iPod phone was called Purple 1).
- December 2006, Jobs met wireless boss Stan Sigman and showed off the iPhone; its brilliant screen, its powerful Web browser, its engaging user interface. Sigman, called the iPhone "the best device I have ever seen."
- Apple spent USD $150 million to develop the iPhone.
- iPhone software development was in a great shortage of time to finish the OS for iPhone. So on a very tight deadline to finish the iPhone right on time, Apple software engineers looked carefully at Linux, since it had already been rewritten for use on mobile phones. But, Linux on iPhone was denied by Steve Jobs for the reason that he do not want to utilize someone else’s software.