Technology in Apple’s first iPhone made it the best communications tool for a family in crisis

Technology in Apple’s first iPhone made it the best communications tool for a family in crisis


Everybody else has talked about the amazing touchscreen, or ground-breaking telephony, or even the flexibility of the internet with you at all times. But, there were practical reasons beyond just tech fetishism to get an iPhone in the early days, though.

Editor’s note: June 29, 2017 marks 10 years to the date since the first iPhone launched. AppleInsider will be posting stories, testimonials and anecdotes on the history of Apple’s groundbreaking device throughout the day. Feel free to chime in with your own in the comments.

Before I started at AppleInsider, and a few online venues before here, I kept track of what was going on with Apple fairly devoutly. Between support work and other gigs, it was beneficial, and frankly, fun.

I’d seen Steve Jobs introduce the iPhone. I thought it was amazing, but there were other things on my mind, and other things to spend money on as I had just moved, and there was a baby on the way. Speaking of that baby —the OB interrupted an appointment that summer to talk about the iPhone, and my wife wasn’t pleased about it.

Fast forward to early 2008, and my three-month old and I had settled into a pretty decent working routine. It was a particularly crabby day, and I’d already done the “dumb guy” stuff and checked fever, diapers, and appetite. To that point, just a cranky kid.

During the process of comforting her, and watching Prince perform on “Muppets Tonight” on an iMac G4, she started making a strange jerking motion, and then did it again, and again, and again. I did what any sensible person would do at that point —I panicked.

I called our pediatrician, whose staff said she’d call us back….



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