The first iPhones were sold to the public on this day 15 years ago (June 29, 2007). We now take “smartphones” for granted, but are these little electronic talismans more of a blessing or a curse? Either way, here is a fun “smartphone addiction test“.
Although we’re a day late, 29 June 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the launching of the original Apple iPhone.* To honor this occasion, here are some useful links:
1. Tyler Cowen’s essay in praise of the iPhone:Put down the iPhone and appreciate its genius.
2. Adam Greenfield’s critique:A sociology of the smartphone.
3. Steve Jobs’s original iPhone presentation from January 2007.
* Full disclosure: I drafted this blog post on my Apple iPhone 5s. That I was able to access the Internet, link to various sources, and track down and post a picture — in a matter of minutes and on such a small and portable device — is remarkable.