No one can ever debate the significance of the iPhone
. It has changed
society, it has changed the smartphone landscape, and it has changed the
expectations of people when dealing with technology in general.
Regardless of whether you personally dig the iPhone or not, there's
little doubt that it's a game changer. But did you know that the iPad
which has sold 2 million units but still can't claim to have changed the
world quite yet, had more to do with the iPhone than vice-versa?
It's a pretty crazy thought, but according to Apple's own CEO, it's a
true story. The iPad idea actually came first, with the iPhone concept
simply growing from that. Chicken before the egg? Maybe, but on another
train of thought, this really makes sense. During the eighth annual All
Things Digital conference in California this week, Steve Jobs took the
stage for an interview--one that was highly anticipated in the wake of
the Foxconn events and the iPhone 4G leak. The questions were varied,
and Jobs touched on quite a wide array of topics. But one thing he said
really surprised us: the idea for the iPad was first at Apple, and the
iPhone was second. Of course, they came to market in the opposite order,
but that's the truth from the man himself.
Jobs said that Apple had an idea for getting rid of the keyboard and
going to a multi-touch display in the early 2000s, and when a mockup of a
tablet was delivered to him, he stated: "My God, we can build a phone
out of this." And that's how it all began. A tablet brought about an
idea for a phone, and the iPhone came about long before the iPad ever
saw the light of day. This may explain, however, the rumors of an Apple
tablet that went back many, many years. The fact is that there was a
concept tablet or two floating around Apple's campus well before the
iPhone came to light, but it was put on the shelf for awhile during
which Apple focused their resources on perfecting a phone.
So, on that note, does anyone have any guesses as to what wild product
Apple will introduce five years from now? We bet there's a crazy story
already in the works.