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10-05-2013, 03:35 AM #1
A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Original iPhone Announcement Surfaces
Fred Vogelstein recently published a piece in The New York Times that gives a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the work that went into both the first iPhone and it’s January 9, 2007 announcement. It features information from key iPhone developers like Andy Grignon, Tony Fadell and Scott Forstall. According to Andy Grignon, the senior manager in charge of the radios of the iPhone, the night before the iPhone announcement was actually terrifying. Jobs insisted on a live presentation of the prototype iPhone, which was still in its developmental stages, often “randomly dropping calls, losing its Internet connection, freezing or simply shutting down.” The following was mentioned regarding the situation:
The iPhone could play a section of a song or a video, but it couldn’t play an entire clip reliably without crashing. It worked fine if you sent an e-mail and then surfed the Web. If you did those things in reverse, however, it might not. Hours of trial and error had helped the iPhone team develop what engineers called “the golden path,” a specific set of tasks, performed in a specific way and order, that made the phone look as if it worked.
Then, with Jobs’s approval, they preprogrammed the phone’s display to always show five bars of signal strength regardless of its true strength. The chances of the radio’s crashing during the few minutes that Jobs would use it to make a call were small, but the chances of its crashing at some point during the 90-minute presentation were high. "If the radio crashed and restarted, as we suspected it might, we didn’t want people in the audience to see that," Grignon says. "So we just hard-coded it to always show five bars."
Those of you who are interested in reading more about the thoughts of the key Apple employees should hit the source link below.
Source: The New York Times
10-05-2013, 05:56 AM #2
This would be a different article if Samsung had been found to do this in their presentations...
10-05-2013, 08:18 AM #3
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10-05-2013, 01:57 PM #4
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10-05-2013, 04:11 PM #6
Let me guess, you think Obamacare is a quality piece of legislation too, don't you? You must enjoy smoke and mirrors.
In reality, neither of those things make any difference unless your a fanboi looking for a reason to poke and prod. Both good products, both very functional, and both have made billions of dollars.
Like he said..
If this were Samsung, all the Apple super-defending super heros would be all over it. But, because it's Apple, it's ok. Kind of like the stealing and idea raping Jobs openly admitting in his book, but people are so quick to crucify others for. Lol.
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10-05-2013, 06:08 PM #7
What Samsung did was falsify numbers and told people their phone was faster than it really was. The huge difference here is that what Apple showed in their demonstration is exactly what the iPhone did when it came to market. What Samsung did was make you believe the phone was capable of speeds that it wasn't really capable of. If you think that you have to defend Apple to see what I would think would be common sense, well then my friend I feel sorry for you. I'm not defending Apple, because there is nothing to defend.
10-05-2013, 07:16 PM #8
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10-05-2013, 10:51 PM #9
What matters is "it just worked" when it was release, and it paved the way for Samsung and others to be in the position they're in today. I would also agree that had it been Samsung or anyone else it wouldn't matter as long as "it just worked".
10-06-2013, 12:43 AM #10
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10-06-2013, 01:19 PM #11
I always noticed when Steve went to the podium to do a live demo of the original iPhone, he glanced through what looked like an instruction manual of some sort, which never made sense to me until today... Either way, it was an iconic presentation that went without a hitch...
10-06-2013, 10:19 PM #12
10-07-2013, 08:31 AM #13
Nothing to say except one of the Brightest lights of this generation, sry guys you have to be 45 or older to be included is gone. He gave an amazing presentation about a product that didnt realy have in quanity working and he changed the world.
We miss you Steve.