Great video with David Pogue, Walt Mossberg, Steven Levy, and Ed Baig, the four journalists who received review units of the original iPhone before it launched.
I remember switching to my brother’s AT&T Family Plan just to get the original iPhone, since my parents were on Verizon and still had dumb phones. I upgraded from a Motorola RAZR1, which was the coolest flip phone at the time. Since then, I’ve been iPhone all the way and have never looked back.
It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years; a relatively small amount of time in the grand scheme of things. That just makes me even more excited for the next ten years, which we’re just now beginning to fathom with the workings of AR, VR, Wearables, and beyond.
The Wall Street Journal posted the above video interview with Greg Christie, Tony Fadell, and Scott Forstall focusing on creating the UI for the original iPhone. Quite a bit of it is a rehash of the information told last week by Forstall and others, but he touches on the software keyboard and how they knew it would be looked down on some compared to a hardware keyboard. Definitely still worth a watch. Fadell talks about testing the iPod Click Wheel to navigate a phone UI—highly impractical. Even Steve made a joke about it during the keynote with a fake reveal.
I have great memories of the RAZR. It was the original ‘cool phone’ back in High School. ↩︎