Mobile Telephone, "iPhone", 2007 Polycarbonate, stainless steel, glass, aluminum. Gift of Roland L. Trope. 2009-29-1.
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