Explained: 5 ways the iPhone changed the world in 15 years

In 2007, when Steve Jobs told the world that Apple had “reinvented the phone” and called it the iPhone, little did we know that it was actually prophetic and not pushing more marketing talk than tech companies are well known to indulge. The iPhone changed the world in more ways than one and had an impact that went beyond the realm of personal technology.

For the past 15 years, the iPhone has been the benchmark for what a smartphone should be. So much so that for years every other flagship phone that was launched dubbed itself an “iPhone killer”, although in hindsight none could beat the “Jesus phone”.

But behind the success of the iPhone is a complete reinvention of what a phone should do in the hands of a user. And that has been the real reason for the unprecedented success and impact of the Apple phone. Here are five ways he did it.

1. You can also make a call: Making a voice call or sending a message was just one of the features of the iPhone. That wasn’t the main problem this phone was trying to solve. It meant there were a lot more reasons to pick up the phone beyond his usual communication needs.

2. One device, several uses: The iPhone could do a lot of things. It was your music player, camera, calendar, notepad, and more. In the process, as the iPhone became popular around the world, it also killed many other products, from compact cameras to portable music players and digital organizers.

3. You see, no keyboard: A phone without physical keys wasn’t something consumers knew was possible in 2007. When the iPhone was launched, many called it the phone’s Achilles’ heel. But the touchscreen proved to be a better entry for the phone and stood the test of time. A popular brand like BlackBerry, which touted the keyboard as its USP, is now nowhere to be found.

4. We have an app for that: In 2008, when Apple launched its App Store with 500 apps, it was changing the world, one app at a time. Fourteen years and millions of applications later, this software revolution has strengthened the global economy and given many startups the platform to succeed. The Ubers, Evernotes and Angry Birds of the world wouldn’t have had the success they have without the App Store.

5. It’s a computer, silly: The iPhone has never lived up to its name. It was, all along, a computer disguised as a smartphone. Today, millions of people around the world use the phone as their primary or only computing device. This mindset shift wouldn’t have been possible if the iPhone hadn’t loaded people’s hands with so much computing power and versatility.

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