Apples iPhone is now five years old. And in that time, the company has sold more than 250 million iPhones worldwide and cemented itself as the worlds top smartphone maker. Apple not only revolutionized its business with the iPhone, the company revolutionized the entire mobile market. And now, five years later, every other company in the space is left to hope and wish that one day, it can be like Apple.
Apples significance in the mobile market cannot be understated. The company made the world see that smartphones could be more than devices that users send out emails and surf the Web. More importantly, the firm has shown other companies how they can improve their own products.
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1. A new world of touch screens
Before the iPhone arrived on the scene, there were a few devices with touch screens. However, they lacked the responsiveness and overall quality found in Apples option. Since then, touch screens have continued to improve. And we all have Apple to thank for it.
2. Shifting enterprise ideas
There was a timeeven after the iPhone launchedwhen IT decision-makers thought that they would never bring an Apple product into the office. But the iPhone helped change that, thanks to its many corporate-friendly features. Now, IT staff is bringing Apple devices, including the iPad and Macs, to the office. The staff is just fine doing it.
3. An eye on design
Looking at the devices that were available before the iPhone launched five years ago, its easy to be underwhelmed. Apple brought a real design focus to the marketplace and in the process, helped improve the overall look and feel of todays mobile devices. What other company could have done that?
Prior to the iPhones launch, there were many people that decided a smartphone wasnt for them. After all, if they dont write out emails or browse the Web often, whats the sense? But since then, smartphone adoption has skyrocketed. On the downside, basic mobile feature phones, once the mainstay of Nokias business, are dying out.