Even though he is largely confined to the margins of this story, Jobs comes across as impatient, domineering, petty, ruthless, clueless, megalomaniacal and frequently wrong, except for the few occasions when he was absolutely right. In many ways he was right. At getAbstract, we summarize books* that help people understand the world and make it better. More in 2017. Another key Merchant contribution identifies the Apple team members who spent years figuring out how to make things we take for granted happen. Technology – in 20 years, who’s going to care about an iPhone?”.
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The temperature where water begins to condense. The world has gotten so used to this ubiquitous pocket-sized mobile computer that it has become “the best selling product of all time,” even “the pinnacle product of all capitalism to this point,” in Merchant’s estimation. Our rating helps you sort the titles on your reading list from adequate (5) to brilliant (10). It's a great story — with Jobs changing his mind on several key details at the last minute, and the iPhone not being finished and looking like it wouldn't make the planned Jan. 7, 2007 reveal at the Macworld conference. Information provided in this section can quickly aid the administrator in contacting HP Customer Service for troubleshooting, repair, and ordering replacements. Originally he just wanted a better phone than the one in his pocket. The very complexity of a device such as the iPhone makes it difficult to conduct the sort of moral calculus which can be applied to simpler commodities such as diamonds or gold. The One Device illustrates that the iPhone is an example of “convergence technology,” an invention not of one man or one company but of many. In sections scattered throughout the book, Merchant tries to wrestle with the moral price of a single iPhone. As a journalist I record interviews and snap publication-quality photos.”. One day, an African magician approaches Aladdin while the boy plays in the streets. Photograph: Getty, n most areas of my life I behave well enough, but put a smartphone in my hand and I become your typical glazed-eyed imbecile, poking, swiping and typing in a sweaty frenzy. A wide-ranging history like Merchant’s is the start of an answer. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything. Summary. Hard as it is to believe, the iPhone is a decade old. Give the guy a ton of credit for going the extra mile to tell the story of how Apple assembled the tin, silicon, glass, and other elements for the hardware, while it harnessed the human ingenuity for the software to invent the iPhone.
It wasn’t the work of a single heroic genius, but rather the product of a long collaboration between designers and engineers, some working for Apple, and many more scattered across the worlds of scientific research and industrial design. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone (Little, Brown, 380 pp., **½ out of four stars) by Brian Merchant, an editor at Motherboard, isn't it, unfortunately. The author, an editor of Motherboard, Vice’s sci/tech outlet, makes such over-the-top declarations as a typical addict: “I read news on my iPhone. He expands the story by spending time in China, where more than 200 million iPhones are mass-produced yearly, at the Foxconn plants.
getAbstract recommends this object lesson in collaboration, creativity and doggedness to Apple fans and to anyone who manages teams or seeks to cultivate innovation. Written in 1919 soon after the end of World War I, it describes a deeply mysterious and powerful alternative to the Christian idea of the Second Coming—Jesus's prophesied return to the Earth as a savior announcing the Kingdom of Heaven.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge. Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end. "The Second Coming" is one of W.B. Merchant gets a metallurgist to pulverize an iPhone in order to identify its elements. In 2016, technology industry analyst Horace Dediu calculated that the iPhone was the highest-selling product in history. It looks at how the phone was developed, parts of the global supply chain that produce the device and the impact it's had. Like the best historians, Merchant, an American journalist and editor of Vice Media’s technology blog, Motherboard, unpacks the history of the iPhone in a way that makes it seem both inevitable in its outline and surprising in its details.
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The lithium batteries powering iPhones were developed by scientists working for Exxon during the 1970s oil crisis – their work was abandoned when gas prices began sinking again. In the last 10 years, the Apple iPhone has changed our lives in more ways than we can imagine. The iPhone is an example of a “convergent technology,” an innovation that drew on the collaborative creativity of Apple’s designers and engineers and on past breakthroughs in fields as diverse as particle physics and materials science. Literary Devices. Jobs began the meeting by doubting whether their glass was good enough for the iPhone, “and began explaining to the CEO of the nation’s top glass company [Corning’s Wendell Weeks] how glass was made.