Apple founder Steve jobs wanted to have the first smartphone of the company was a separate “Back” button, similar to that installed on smartphones running Android. This is stated in the new book “The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone” Brian Merchant.
In June 2007, the mobile world was quite different, when the market appeared original iPhone. The smartphone was officially introduced on January 9 of that year, Steve jobs, and half the community was looking forward to when the first Apple phone will be released.
In the first weekend of sales Apple has activated 270 000 iPhone. Most got 8-Gigabyte model for $600, so 5 Sep a 4 GB version was removed from the production cycle. Along the way, the price of the popular 8-Gigabyte modification fell by a third to $400.
iPhone instantly soared to the top of the mobile market, because is radically different from rivals. Although few people know what a smartphone might look different if Steve jobs did not persuade his colleagues. As told to Imran Chaudhry, a veteran of Apple who has worked 19 years in the command user interfaces, jobs wanted to have the first button iPhone Home button was the back button to return to the previous menu. Now this button is on most smartphones running Android.
“The phone with touch control, which was conceived with a focus on the screen, only needed one button. And we all now know that it is “Home”. But Steve jobs wanted two buttons. It seemed to him that we need another “Back” button for navigation. Chaudhry said that the matter of trust and predictability. One button that does one thing when clicked – shows all your stuff.
“And again it all comes down to a matter of trust – told Coudtry. – That the people will trust the device to do, then they will do. Part of the problem with other phones was that the functions were buried far in the menu, and was too complicated. The Back button can complicate the process.”
“This argument persuaded the jobs”, he added.
It’s the simplicity and user-friendly interface iPhone anticipated growth of mobile applications has forced manufacturers to think about the convenience of the users forced the engineers to find the most ingenious solutions.
They ensured the birth of not only a thin and powerful smartphones, but also tablets, have given impetus to the development of high-speed standards for mobile data transmission and evolution of the Internet has given the incentive of a permanent presence of the connected user. iPhone with a single button under the screen gave life to all the lot of smartphones as we know them today.