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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?

From Acquisition Justification: "The iPhone is among  the newest innovative designs by Apple Computer, Inc.  One of the most influential of  the communications devices in a category called "smartphones" -they are more than just mobile phones, these devices have advanced capabilities and computer-like functionality. They can run operating system software and have features such as e-mail, Internet capability, as well as a keyboard, whether built in or external, like miniature computers with telephones. Responding to the burgeoning market for smart phones and building on its iPod series, Apple began developing the iPhone when CEO Steve Jobs asked the company's engineers to investigate touch... 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

polycarbonate, stainless steel, 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

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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=1 August 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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