A simple hello could lead to a million new things.
Do you remember your life without an iPhone? (I know, some of you have an Android phone, but the iPhone did come first…and everything that’s good and bad about Apple was put into Android devices.)
Yesterday, June 29, was the tenth anniversary of this iconic device. Before that, our communication was “limited.” We could only make phone calls on our phones, and the phones were brick-shaped. Even more prehistoric, I remember an old boss back in the mid-80s having to meet a contractor in the parking garage at work so The Boss could have a mobile phone installed in the car’s console. It was not a phone he could put in his pocket. It could only be used in the car (hence, why we called it a “car phone”), and it was certainly awkward talking on that phone.
I remember buying my first iPod and paying top-dollar. I thought I was all that and a bag of chips when I figured out how to upload albums to the iPod, and I was thrilled when I could listen to music on a plane that summer. It was so futuristic at the time.
And now, we have a movie theater, calculator, atlas, encyclopedia, caterer, personal shopper, and post office all at our fingertips. Just think back ten years. You had to do go to five different places in your car before you could relax in a movie theater.
I never went the Blackberry route, but I was so happy I could play games on my Palm Pilot because my flip phone was “just” a phone. I even had a pager back in the day, even though no one ever paged me! Now, I have an iPhone that does everything. Thanks Steve Jobs.