Happy 10th Anniversary to the iPhone

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    Like it or hate it, the original iPhone was a genuine game changer responsible for the ubiquity of smartphones and apps: it put the internet into everyone’s pocket, changed the way software was created and distributed, transformed photography from a hobby to a habit, and much more. Perhaps Google and Android would have come along to drive all of this anyway, but Apple nevertheless gets top credit. It’s amazing how quickly a decade can go by…

    No product in recent history has changed people’s lives more. Without the iPhone, ride-hailing, photo-sharing, instant messaging and other essentials of modern life would be less widespread. Shorn of cumulative sales of 1.2bn devices and revenues of $1trn, Apple would not hold the crown of the world’s largest listed company. Thousands of software developers would be poorer, too: the apps they have written for the smartphone make them more than $20bn annually.
     
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  2. defaultluser

    defaultluser [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Which was really just sold as an iPod with multi-touch and a cell modem. That didn't even support 3G. Web-based applications, with no announced SDK (was later tacked-on when people told Steve he was nuts)

    I still don't understand why they're so popular. People are lazy trendy slaves to iTunes.
     
  3. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    I like my iPhone (Work phone... more/better apps than the Windows Phone I had before). HATE, LOATH, FUCKING WANT TO DESTROY iTunes. Worst piece of software ever.
     
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  4. defaultluser

    defaultluser [H]ardForum Junkie

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    But you put up with it for how many years, until they recently allowed sync without it. Where's the justification there?

    "It just works." Until you try to use the rest of the software that it comes with. Even worse if you're using the Windows port.

    The only real reason people pay such gargantuan amounts of money for i devices that are completely-locked-in is because when things inevitably don't work, they can go down to the Apple Store and get someone to hold their hand.

    It's not iDay, it's iHoldYourHandDay.
     
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  5. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    I really miss drag and drop from Android for music and other media. I wish Apple would go that route, but they never will. It's tied to their iTunes so you buy from them (or use their software that makes it easy to buy from them). Similar to Amazon devices being tied to Amazon store...

    For me, if it doesn't work I fix it myself. After a lot of cussing and talking shit about Apple. It's a good OS. It's very simple, and it does what it needs to do. Nothing more, nothing less. Good work phone. People want something simple. Most people wouldn't know how to fix some of the more basic things, so they do go to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store (they are the equivalent to an 'artist' at Subway). So, it works for them, too.

    I prefer a nice, open-ish OS. Android was great. I could root it, use custom ROM's, do what I wanted to. It's just not work friendly. With the iPhone, we can do what we want from a management perspective. If it's stolen, they can't do much with it. It becomes a paperweight. Unless Android has changed things recently (well... past couple years), it's not the best for an enterprise managed phone.
     
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  6. Nukester

    Nukester [H]ard|Gawd

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    I miss the look of IOS 6. Not a fan of flat... not at all.
     
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  7. defaultluser

    defaultluser [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Right, and if you don't like it, you still have to take your shit sandwich, because there's only one provider, and all new devices only support the latest OS.

    I guess you get used to eating shit after awhile?

    Android has all sorts of choices, from basic Android to Touchwiz to iOS ripoffs. You can get it all :D

    And if you don't like it, it's easy to install your own skins.
     
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  8. Nukester

    Nukester [H]ard|Gawd

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    Not a whole lot untrue about what you said. That being said, an unbroken iPhone or iPad is immune from viruses, not that it matters for what I do.
     
  9. defaultluser

    defaultluser [H]ardForum Junkie

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    That is quite true. But when was the last time you cared?

    Most of the important things you do with the phone come through the browser or vetted applications from the Play Store (Banking, or using your phone with a credit card, or employee secure access), which is updated separately from the OS. Most of the actual exploits are from side-loading applications from pirate sites (user-installed and executed).

    And if you happen to fall for a rare real remote OS exploit, then you can just factory-reset your phone, and start shopping for a new one.

    If you use smarts, then you don't necessarily need the OS to be updated for years on-end. And several of the OEMS out there will update their phones for 1-2 years.

    The only case where I'd shell out for an iPhone is if I ran my small business entirely on my cell phone (think appointments management and Square for payments). But for almost every other use case, the frequency which which you touch money/personal information is fairly rare.
     
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  10. Commander Shepard

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    Android vs. iPhone hate is infantile :rolleyes:
     
  11. [21CW]killerofall

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    I think the world would have been better off without the iPhone. People are constantly glued to their smartphones and not actually paying attention to their surroundings.
     
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  12. grtitan

    grtitan Telemetry is Spying on ME!

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    The main reason why I still have an Android phone, but at this point, I am done with Android.

    My last 6 or so phones had the same ending, abandoned by the manufacturer, including my Nexus 6 (abandoned at a damn point release!) and by consequence, my Nexus 9.

    Pixel cost the same as an iPhone, yet, only has two years of OS upgrades, yet, i just installed ios 11 beta on an old iPhone 5S i have laying around.

    I will curse, scream and what have you, but at the very least, the phone will have more than 2 miserable updates.
     
  13. Commander Shepard

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    You can drag and drop music, movies, and other files to an iPhone with iMazing.

    https://imazing.com/

    Works quite well.
     
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    You should have this supplement the article. It kind of goes hand in hand with it.
     
  15. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    Thank you. I'll take a look at that! It looks like a good program that will do what I want it to do. :) Thanks!
     
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  16. Commander Shepard

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    You're welcome. It frequently goes on sale for as low as $19 Win or Mac or $25 for a Win and a Mac license.(y)
     
  17. Snakebyt

    Snakebyt [H]ard|Gawd

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    while i will give it credit for changing everyones lives, i sill wont ever own one as my personal cell
     
  18. aokman

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    Give me a break... if you are going to troll, at least put some effort in...
     
  19. CharonPDX

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    You never *HAD* to use iTunes, except for the initial setup. It has always supported over-the-air syncing of calendar and contacts, with iCloud (or whatever it was called back then,) and Google. Exchange came soon after launch. There were third-party utilities to move music over pretty quickly. And since the App Store launched, you've never had to use iTunes for apps.

    OS upgrades, yes, you had to use iTunes for those until iOS 6 (or was it 7?) But that was tolerable. I've almost never used iTunes with my iPhone, since launch.
     
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    And as much as people want to hate the iPhone, it really did change mobile phones forever. As evidenced by the fact that the first Android phone was meant to be more of a Blackberry design than an iPhone design - and Google delayed the release of Android after the launch of the iPhone specifically to reengineer the G1 to be more of an iPhone clone. (Although they did differentiate.)

    I have to assume that even if Apple hadn't done the iPhone, some manufacturer would have done an "all screen" phone sooner or later, but it probably would have been later, and physical keyboards would have been the norm for quite a while.

    It also took Apple's (or Jobs' to be more precise,) drive to keep 100% control of the hardware and software to break away from what was then the norm - each carrier making full demands of what the phone could do. I was actually disappointed when Apple later caved, making many options carrier-selectable, like tethering. Things like WiFi calling I can understand, since those take actual carrier effort. But if it doesn't require actual effort from the carrier, it should be enabled.
     
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  21. MV75

    MV75 [H]ard|Gawd

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    10 years already? Happy 10 years of using cracked and smashed screens everyone!
     
  22. fadedlogic

    fadedlogic Limp Gawd

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    some would consider this a benefit....
     
  23. fadedlogic

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    Think of how many jobs and cash were created by this device apart from the physical device. It's rather staggering.
     
  24. kirbyrj

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    At least the user interface was updated in the past 10 years...oh wait.
     
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