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What is this?

Flat rectangular aluminum and plastic body with rounded corners; front composed of large glass touch-screen with black bands at top and bottom, showing colorful application "widgets" (symbols) or functions (number pad, keyboard) when phone is on; dark when off. Volume and ring-tone controls on left side; on/off button on top right; function control (dimple-like depression) on bottom front. On back: cameral lense in upper right corner; Apple logo; black plastic panel at bottom.

Why is this in our collection?

The iPhone is an innovative design by Apple Computer, Inc., and one of the most influential communications devices in the "smartphone” category. Responding to the burgeoning market for smartphones and building on its iPod series, Apple began developing the iPhone when then CEO, Steve Jobs, asked the company’s engineers to investigate touch screens—nearly three years before the iPhone’s 2007 debut. Although the firm collaborated with Cingular Wireless (now AT&T), Apple developed the iPhone’s innovative hardware and software in-house. Jobs unveiled the product in January 2007 for a June launch. The iPhone was hotly anticipated, with thousands of people lining up at Apple Stores throughout the United... more

This is a mobile telephone from United States. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2009. Gift of Roland L. Trope. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

molded abs plastic and polycarbonate resin, polished stainless steel, oleophobic coated glass, aluminum

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 11.4 x 6.1 x 1.2 cm (4 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On reverse: Apple logo, product and other numbers, copyright date.

This object was manufactured by Apple Computer, Inc. and design director: Jonathan Ive and designed by Apple Industrial Design Team

This object was donated by Roland Trope

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18733051/ |title=Mobile Telephone, "iPhone", 2007 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 November 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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