Description: On June 29, 2007, the first iPhone went on sale. The Apple (AAPL) device benefited from breathless advance buzz but also had its skeptics: It cost $600 and had no physical keyboard, limited e-mail options, and no copy-and-paste. In hindsight, it was clearly dumb to bet against Steve Jobs & Co. Apple has since sold more than 217 million iPhones worldwide and sparked a commercial, cultural, andÃ¢â‚¬â€most surprisingÃ¢â‚¬â€behavioral revolution. According to a study of medical workers at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., 76 percent say theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve experienced Ã¢â‚¬Å“phantom vibration,Ã¢â‚¬Â that insistent buzz from an imagined text or phone call. Scientists speculate itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the result of random nerves firing, biochemical noise that our brains easily tuned out until they were reconditioned by the iPhone.
Date: June 21, 2012
Questions for Discussions:
- What is your answer to the question in the report: Is the iPhone a Ã¢â‚¬Å“bicycle for the mind,Ã¢â‚¬Â as the late Steve Jobs said about the first Mac, or a crutch that does too much of our thinking for us and increasingly takes the place of real human connections?
- What future product development can you imagine for iPhone and other similar devices?