One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

By Brian Merchant

Describes how the inception of the iPhone has transformed society and skyrocketed Apple to the most valuable company in the world, detailing how the most current technological advances have become inseparable to everyday life.


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Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publish Date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 416
ISBN-13: 9780316546164
ISBN-10: 031654616X
Language: English

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The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world. The One Device is a tour de force, with a fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight.-Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again. -Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to the one device, as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation. This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious suicide factories. It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets. The One Device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.

About the Author

Brian Merchant is the senior editor of Motherboard, VICE's science and technology outlet, the founder/editor of Terraform, its online fiction outlet, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, Slate, Vice Magazine, Salon, Fast Compa

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