Thirteen years ago today, iPhone was introduced. Feast of SS Peter and Paul. I wonder the prophetic significance of that.
It wasn’t the first smartphone, but it might as well have been. Apple lover or hater, if you were alive when it happened, you know just how revolutionary this was. You don’t even need to be a geek… normal people remember the first time they touched one and interacted with it. I was BlackBerry at the time, and I couldn’t even get my head around how this thing was all touchscreen and one button. What the heck is an app? Oooh, it comes with up to 8GB… wow! The user experience was so far beyond anything on the market, so intuitive and even fun, that you knew instantly that this was going to change everything. The rare marketing slogan that turned out to be an understatement.
Try explaining to someone younger than 20 what life was like before smartphones. Even better, try taking away their smartphone for an hour, and see what happens.
The iPhone was released in the United States on June 29, 2007 at the price of $499 for the 4 GB model and $599 for the 8 GB model, both requiring a 2-year contract. Thousands of people were reported to have waited outside Apple and AT&T retail stores days before the device’s launch; many stores reported stock shortages within an hour of availability. To avoid repeating the problems of the PlayStation 3 launch, which caused burglaries and even a shooting, off-duty police officers were hired to guard stores overnight.
I see all of these virtual high school graduations happening. None of today’s graduates has ever lived without a supercomputer in their pocket. Never has the sum of mankind’s knowledge been available so readily, so cheaply, so easily.
Alas, TikTok and porn.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
4 thoughts on “Randomly stumbled upon: iPhone turns 13 today”
Even though I have one, I don’t believe the iPhone has done anything to improve society. It, along with the android and other “smart phones” have only made things worse. Consider the following …
1. Voluntarily enslavement of people. It started with teens and millennials and has now reached into all age groups. Everywhere you go: faces are buried in smart phones, oblivious yo the world around them.
2. Cheating and the dumbing down of society as a result. Don’t worry bout that test. Just discreetly whip out that phone and google the answers.
3. Organized rioting. Riots don’t just happen. They are organized and are carried out exactly like warfare. Today’s modern domestic social-justice terrorism is carried out via texts, tweets and social media to the useful idiots via their phones.
4. Easy, fast and unlimited access to porn. Need I say more?
5. Detachment from God. First commandment: I am the Lord thy God, you shall have no false gods before Me. How many people pick up the smart phone upon waking up each day as opposed to saying thank you to God for the new day?
I don’t disagree with any of this.
And yet, we can’t return to the moon. A feat completed with the level of technology less than one tenth we have today, if not less.
Glad you asked! Vs Apollo 11. iPhone has a processor 50,000x faster, RAM of 1,000,000x, and ROM of 7,000,000x. The comparison most often made is that the Apollo 11 computer was less than a common $10 calculator today.