The iPhone is as ubiquitous today as a consumer product could be. However, this wasn’t always the case, and Brian Merchant’s history of the iPhone, “The One Device”, delves into the development and life of the most popular appliance in the world. Merchant tracks the technology used in the phone to Ph.D.s and government research, describes the miserable conditions of the round-the-clock project workforce, and surveys production factories. Though often sidetracked, and perhaps filled with tangential material, Merchant’s writing provides a dramatic glimpse into the culture and history of the Apple iPhone.
- The inception of the iPhone was top secret, employees working on it were isolated , working around the clock while developing it.
- THE ONE DEVICE, The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant is a comprehensive look at the iPhone’s conception.
- Merchant’s book is a good narrative and a good start for likely other books to follow.
“Merchant does the important work of excavating and compiling large numbers of details and anecdotes about the development of the iPhone, many of them previously unrecorded.”