The 9th of November 2017 will see the 10th anniversary of the UK launch of the iPhone. Back then customers queued for more than a day to get their hands on the much-hyped technology.
Despite other market-leaders of the time, the advent of the iPhone revolutionised the portable tech landscape. Apple shifted 700,000 units within the first week of its American release and reportedly made a profit in excess of $266 million.
Today the iPhone is still the most popular mobile but by no means the only one. In the first quarter of 2017, Apple’s market share was 11% while Samsung’s was 3%; the large remainder grabbed by other providers such as Microsoft, OPPO, Nokia, Sony, LG, HTC and Motorola.
Which one do you use? And what do you really know about your gadgets? Writer Arthur C Clarke once said that advanced technology was indistinguishable from magic. If that’s true, you could be carrying around a bona fide bag of tricks without even knowing.
To be on the safe side, check out Local Bible’s list of little-known facts about the tech in your bag.
- Apple has around $200 billion in the bank mostly thanks to iPhone sales
- If it wanted to Apple could buy Facebook and not even dent its amassed fortune
- A Japanese man waited outside an Apple shop for seven months before the release of the iPhone 6
- iPhone was originally codenamed “Purple”
- The iPhone has numerous extra functions that are hardly ever used. For example, to delete a text or email while writing, just shake your phone
- Android is the nickname of Andy Rubin the co-creator of Android. It was the name given to him at Apple before joining Google
- Press the menu key on your device and hold it for two seconds – it will launch Google
- Before iPhone’s launch the first android device called “Sooner” resembled a Blackberry
- Made up from the Korean words sam (three) and sung (stars), Samsung’s Tri-Star symbol (三星) is said to represent something “big, numerous and powerful”
- Sony made the first Android smartwatch in 2010
- Hailed the “Walkman of the twenty-first century”
- The aesthetic of the iPod was inspired by the 1958 Braun T3 transistor radio
- The wheel-based user interface was prompted by Bang & Olufsen’s BeoCom 6000 telephone
- The iPod product was officially unveiled by Apple’s Steve Jobs in 2001
- The name iPod was proposed by freelance writer Vinnie Chieco after he watched the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and heard the phrase “Open the pod bay door, Hal”.
- Nokia is named after the river Nokianvirta in Finland, near to where the company was established
- The world’s first satellite call was made in 1994 using a Nokia GSM handset
- The famous Nokia ring tone is thought to be based on ‘Gran Vals’, a 19th century guitar work by Spaniard Francisco Tarrega
- Nokia originally started off as a paper production company in 1865
- In 1982 Nokia’s first mobile phone was released. It was called the ‘Mobira Senator’ and weighed more than a King Charles Spaniel
- The most expensive part of the iPad – the retina display – is built by Apple’s rival Samsung
- The functionality of this technology was the forerunner of the iPhone even though it came out later
- By agreeing to the terms and conditions of iTunes you are contractually not allowed to use Apple products to create nuclear weapons
- Apple has more available money than the US treasury
- The iPad allows you to run widgets including one which replaces the default keyboard with something like Swype