“As anticipation ramps up for the arrival of the iPhone 5 this fall, let’s take a moment to wish a happy birthday to the iPhone itself,” Jeffrey Sass blogs for Forbes. “It hit the market four years ago this week.”
“On June 29, 2007, the company formerly known as Apple Computer introduced its combination of a pocket computer and a phone, a move that would do for the mobile phone what the iPod had done for the MP3 player,” Sass writes. “The iPhone has been the catalyst of explosive growth in the smartphone market and created an app economy that has sown the seeds of new industries and changed the face of gaming, social communications, location-based services and photography as well as advertising and commerce.”
Sass writes, “Because Apple struck a nerve (and gold) with the iPhone, consumers finally became comfortable relying on their mobile phones for much of their information and entertainment. Activities that they had performed solely on their desktops were suddenly happening on their phones. The rest of the industry could not sit by. As a result, whether you use an Android device or another phone made by HTC, Motorola, Samsung, etc., you have Apple and the iPhone to thank for raising the proverbial bar, pushing the proverbial envelope and instigating a vibrant, exciting and culture-changing mobile ecosystem.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Just as every Windows sufferer today uses an upside-down and backwards Mac, every Android settler has a pretend iPhone in their pocket. Apple is amazing, but there’s one thing they still need to work on: Protecting their IP from being bastardized by inferiors who are content to peddle poor copies to the undiscerning.