Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This

from NYTs

Smartphones are our constant companions. For many of us, their glowing screens are a ubiquitous presence, drawing us in with endless diversions, like the warm ping of social approval delivered in the forms of likes and retweets, and the algorithmically amplified outrage of the latest “breaking” news or controversy. They’re in our hands, as soon as we wake, and command our attention until the final moments before we fall asleep.

Steve Jobs would not approve.

In 2007, Mr. Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco and introduced the world to the iPhone. If you watch the full speech, you’ll be surprised by how he imagined our relationship with this iconic invention, because this vision is so different from the way most of us use these devices now.

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52 Responses to Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This

  1. Kevin Metz May 3, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

    For most of us, our iPhones are glued to our hands. It’s a daily cycle of replying to text messages, scrolling through social media, and surfing the internet. This article talks about how Steve Jobs would not approve of the way people most commonly use their iPhones today. Prior to his passing, Steve Jobs made various accounts explaining his hopes for his growing company. All Jobs wanted to do was simply make day to day lives easier when it came to placing phone calls, listening to music, and getting directions. However, this is certainly not where the iPhone stands today. Having access to such technology right at our fingertips can be thought of as both a blessing and a curse. Certainly, there are still some old-timers who truly only know how to make calls and reply to texts, but for the younger generations, the iPhone has taken over lives. iPhones can do more now than ever before. Whether this is viewed positively is up for interpretation. Personally, I don’t consider myself to be one of those people who are addicted to their iPhone. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having such quick access to technology, but I think I could live without it unlike most. Technology has affected people’s ability to hold a face-to-face conversation since most of their time spent communicating with others is through a phone screen. When out to eat at a restaurant, take note of how many people’s phone is kept out on the table. I think there’s much more to life than being up to date with the latest Instagram or Facebook posts.

  2. Madison Becker June 13, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    As a member of the “Gen Z” or “Millennial” generation, it is common to hear that cellphones and technology are taking over our lives. I do not disagree, but some would argue that it was not the original intention of smartphones, and not a positive change. In this article, it claims that Steve Jobs’s original description of his smartphone does not match the current atmosphere. iPhones do a lot more than what Jobs started with. In his full speech from 2007, he boasted about the new advanced technology of being able to touch the smartphone to open it with one swipe of your finger. That technology has advanced to being able to unlock your iPhone without even touching it, you can also make payments and log into a majority of your accounts and websites, simply by looking at your phone. While we recognized that this was not where technology was going to stop, Jobs’s original intention was not to enable making a career out of social media or for it to be used as a tool for parents to keep their kids occupied.
    According to the article, “Mr. Jobs seemed to understand the iPhone as something that would help us with a small number of activities such as listening to music, placing calls, generating directions. He didn’t seek to radically change the rhythm of users’ daily lives. He simply wanted to take experiences we already found important and make them better.” This obviously does not match the current situation with the iPhone. A study showed that the average person checks their cell phone every 12 minutes, and I doubt that when they reach for their phones that they are checking something to “help with a small number of activities.” We completely rely on our cell phones now, it is the last thing we see at night and the first thing we check in the morning. There have been videos on the internet titled “24 Hours Without a Phone” and “A Week Without a Phone,” which are intended to be entertaining “challenge videos,” as people really do find it to be a challenge. We have adapted our entire lives to be on our phones, all of our photo memories, banking, social media, communication, and the original intention of the smartphone, according to Steve Jobs, has been lost. I doubt Jobs imagined the technology that would be available in such a short period of time and did not imagine the change in society that would happen with all of the information at our fingertips.

    Swns. “Americans Check Their Phones 80 Times a Day: Study.” New York Post, New York Post, 8 Nov. 2017,

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