No doubt, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives, is currently a trending topic on the Internet because of her remarks on state-of-the-art iPhone. She asserted that Apple’s flagship iPhone was not out of the box invention by late Steve Jobs, instead, Federal Government of the US helped in creating the iPhone.
“Anybody here have a smartphone? In this smartphone, almost everything came from federal investments and research. GPS, created by military, flatscreens, LLD (LCD), digital camera, wireless data- the list goes on and on. They say Steve Jobs did a good idea designing it and putting it together. Federal research invented it.” Said the Minority Leader.
The shocking revelation from the minority leader came during a hearing while drafting Democratic Party platform. She pulled off her iPhone 6s while speaking about the requirement of ‘public-private partnerships’ that will eventually boost the innovation.
Nancy was explaining the importance of public-private partnerships but the example of iPhone, she gave to claim her opinion, has made her the ‘talk of the town’. Interestingly, the revelations made by her regarding the Cupertino giant’s flagship device are quite true, considering the fact that the GPS, the voice recognition, flatscreens were invented way before the introduction of the debut iPhone in 2007. She said that Jobs just figured out the designs to incorporate them into a single device i.e. the iPhone.
A source later said that Pelosi and Jobs were friends and she never meant to disrespect Jobs in any way but we can not deny the facts she expressed during the hearing regarding the iPhone. The Minority Leader just wanted to highlight the point that Jobs and the team did a wonderful job to design and incorporate ‘federally-backed innovations’ into a world-changing device.
It’s not the first time for the Cupertino giant facing such allegations; In 2012, US President Barack Obama made similar claims regarding the success of the business. He expressed that on the road to success someone lends a hand along the road, be it your teacher or someone else.
“If you’ve got a business- You didn’t built that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” Barack Obama said.
Another hilarious incident that happened recently while Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook was visiting Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. In that museum a painting depicted a letter that was held by a man and astonishingly, the letter had a huge resemblance to the iPhone. The painting is said to be 350 years old, when Cook was asked for the comment, he laughed off and said that the iPhone was not invented in 2007 but 350 years back.
“Last night, Neelie (Former European Commissioner) took me over to look at some Rembrandt and, in one of the paintings, I was so shocked. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings. It’s tough to see, but I swear it’s there.” – Cook laughed it off.
Let’s Revisit the Debut iPhone
On 9 January 2007, Apple laid a milestone and changed the way a common man viewed the phone by introducing debut iPhone. The introduction of the first wired phone, later the cordless phone, mobile phone and currently the smartphone marks the era of evolution of phone industry.
Certainly a breakthrough product, which was considered ahead of its times as the iPhone came as a combination of three devices; a widescreen iPod, a revolutionary mobile phone and a device that makes interaction with the internet, even more, easier. Unlike other phones of that era, the iPhone consisted of only one button, the home button, that later became the flagship feature of the other iPhones.
The over excited Steve Jobs said “iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone.”
The sales figures of the debut iPhone didn’t sound much astonishing considering the milestone that the device laid for the future of mobile phones. In the first 30 hours alone 270,000 units were sold according to Apple’s fiscal Q3 2007. Cumulative sales of the debut iPhone in fiscal 2007, according to Apple, was enthralling as 1,389,000 units were sold.
Apple has always believed in innovation in its every single device. Innovation leads to strong brand value and in turn customer builds a trust over the brand.