Ten years ago yesterday, I stood in line at a random Cingular (now AT&T) store in Fort Wayne, Indiana, waiting to get my hands on it – the original iPhone. I plunked down $600 (seriously, what was I thinking?) for the phone and proceeded to make Julie drive so I could open it in the car.
I’ll never forget my delight as I slid open the box and beheld that perfect sheet of glass. In those days you had to connect your phone to iTunes to activate it, and boy, was that a mess the first night. Cingular’s servers weren’t ready, and I didn’t actually get the phone online with a cellular connection until sometime the next day. Crazy.
It didn’t matter, tough. Even in its non-functional state, the iPhone was a thing of beauty. And I don’t think anyone – even Steve Jobs himself – could have anticipated how it would change the world in its first ten years. The cultural impact of the iPhone (and all the smartphones that followed) just can’t be overstated.
What will we look back on in the same way ten years from now? If I had to guess… nothing. Advances like the iPhone don’t come around every decade, but the frequency at which they arrive is increasing. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Enjoy this week’s issue.