You love your iPhone: the form factor, the user interface, the just straight-up coolness of it all. But a peek into the early days of the now-ubiquitous device reveals a startling truth.
It was almost awful.
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These days we take the look of the iPhone as a forgone conclusion. Sure, there’s always the question of curved or square edges and whether the back will be glass or aluminum, but the smartphone’s general shape and touchscreen front have in many ways come to define Apple’s aesthetic.
But it didn’t have to be that way. In fact, it almost wasn’t. An excerpt from a forthcoming book by Motherboard editor Brian Merchant about the development of the iPhone, titled The One Device: The secret history of the iPhone and published by The Verge, provides us with an up-close-and-personal look at what you’d probably be carrying around in your pocket right now… had things gone just a bit differently. Read more…
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