January 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone being introduced by Apple, a device that has revolutionized personal technology, the ways in which people communicate, and how most people live their daily lives. Many former simple, everyday functions have been changed by the iPhone, and the smartphone revolution in general. And it’s fair to say that interpersonal communication hasn’t been the same since Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone back on January 9, 2007. Today, iPhones are ubiquitous and used to not only communicate with friends, family, and co-workers but also to entertain ourselves and direct our lives. Here are 10 ways in which the iPhone has changed the world.
10. The Touchscreen
Remember the teeny tiny keyboards found on old BlackBerry devices? Those seem silly and antiquated now, thanks in large part to the touchscreen introduced by the iPhone. Taking a cue out of the computer screens seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Apple created the touchscreen for use with its iPhones and the rest is history. Today, touchscreens are found on just about every smart phone and tablet, and companies that were slow to adapt to the touchscreen, such as BlackBerry, have pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur. Today, most people can’t even remember a time when they had to use a physical keyboard with a mobile device – just like they can’t remember using dial-up modems to connect to the internet. Touchscreens are an easier and more practical way to text, e-mail, and surf the Internet, that’s for sure.