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This Changes Everything

Camera. Video. Text Messages. GPS. Calendar. Audio Player. Clock. You know what, just imagine it and this device can do it. Oh yeah, it's a phone too. And it has changed so much!

Yes, a phone. The iPhone was introduced on June 29th, 2007. Back in 2007 the business phone to have was the Blackberry, on that day the number one song on The Billboard Charts was "Hey There Delilah" by The Plain White T's, and Apple was just a company with iPods and Macs. The reviews from many major companies weren't so promising. And they certainly would not have predicted where we are now.  In less than 10 years the iPhone has contributed billions of dollars in sales for Apple, sold over 700 million units, and transformed the way we live and communicate. 

The ability to call someone is not new. The first telephone call is dated in history on March 10, 1876 and it was made by Alexander Graham Bell, a man of vision and sound. The cell phone made its debut almost 100 years later in 1973 on April 3rd. Weighing in at 2.5 pounds with a single line text LED it was absolutely mind blowing for its time. The groundbreaking releases gradually gathered closer together. No longer does it take decades for technology to advance and become publicly available. New features like voicemail, caller id, email, text,  web browsing, etc. Cell phones gradually decrease in size but increase in functionality. Which is why "smartphones" exist today. And even though Apple may not have created this technology they certainly help to revolutionize it. Communication is now so much more than a phone call. It is a text or audio message in a text. It is an image or video. It is a social media update. It is a FaceTime call. Since Apple has integrated all of this so seamlessly people can be caught interacting with people through their phone instead of directly. Good or bad, it is true. 

Even ways of livelihood have been reimagined. The App Store has helped many developers rank in plenty of money. Angry Birds pulled in $7 million dollars. Other apps that have made at least a million dollars include Freeverse, Doodle Jump, Bejeweled, Flick Fishing and those are only in the game category. Not to mention a lot of the free apps have in app purchases. Developing apps has even been incorporated into schools because it is now a job that can be very lucrative. 

Blackberry as a mobile device is almost laughable. The Plain White T's, haven't mirrored their previous chart topping success, and Apple does way more than just sell iPods. It now has a loyal group of followers, a cult that will stand in line for days to purchase a product and pack a venue to hear a keynote of what to expect in the future. The iPhone catapulted Apple into the mobile industry, altered our methods of communication, and revised ideas for livelihood. It has changed everything. 

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