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. Allya Jaquez February 1, 2019 at 9:55 am #

    I definitely believe that smart phones has made this world a complete mess. I, myself am a user as well and I am not as proud to say that I honestly can not go anywhere without my Iphone. I can go a few hours without using it if I am distracted by other things, but I always have it with me. I thought it was very interesting reading the fact that Steve Jobs did not intend to build these phones and for everyone to become so obsessed. He only created the Iphone so that we would just be able to listen to music, call people and make it easier to get from point A to point B. One thing I did not know was that when he created the Iphone, the App Store was not even included because he had second thoughts about letting a third party joining him and figured it would cause a lot of problems. It has indeed caused a lot of issues in my opinion. Because of the app store, we have so many apps which all led to social media and it can be a good thing or bad thing. Many individuals use social media for the wrong reasons. For example, they use it to bash people and bully when in my opinion, social media should just be used to come in contact with friends you have not seen in a while, share your adventures or even to guide others in different directions. We as a community have become addicted to smartphones and it has led us to remain trapped indoors and forget what exploring new things is all about. As soon as we wake up, the phone is already in our hands looking through social media before we even get up out of bed and get ready for the day. As the article states, “Many of us would be better off returning to his original minimalist vision for our phones.” I agree with this opinion half way and disagree with it as well. I truly believe that social media ruins our minds but I do know that social media has brought a lot of wealth to certain individuals and gives people a chance to share their amazing stories with others.

  2. Kyle Stephens February 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

    Addictions to our phones is something that’s has developed since 2007 when the iphone was initially released. Although it had no app store or built in games, it had internet access and it did it well which made a big difference. Then, with the future release of the Appstore it is no surprise that almost every American today walks around with a smart phone in their pocket, and surprisingly I don’t think a “phone addiction” is a problem. Ever since its introduction in 2007 the quality of human life has increased. The smartphone has made life easier and more enjoyable for people of all backgrounds. They give us the ability to stay in contact with anyone we want, the ability to get any information we want in an instant, we can check are emails, the list goes on and on. With these useful features there are naturally also distracting features like social media and games but even these can be used to your advantage. For example, society has evolved with the phone. This is clear because now when a company does a background check one of the first things they will look at is all of your social medias. This is helpful for employers to know who exactly they are hiring. It also gives companies insight into potential employees about any thing they maybe lied about on their applications. Due to all this, I find it incomprehensible that the author suggested that we should use the iphone the way Jobs intended us to which was, “It was “an iPod that made phone calls,” Mr. Grignon said to me.” There is no way to think about this where life would be better and easier without a smartphone. Simply because smartphones are essentially tiny laptops in your pocket. Taking away that convenience would not improve anything in society. Todays society is all about technological advancements that can benefit us as a society. The minimalist view the author suggests would never work. Another part of the article I found interesting was when it said “When the iPhone was first introduced there was no App Store, and this was by design.” Jobs also claimed that he didn’t trust third party publishers to do the same work that apple engineers did. I find this interesting because the company slogan is “Think Different” and here he was with the perfect platform to set that into action and he purposefully didn’t let it happen. Overall, the introduction of the smartphone altered the course of society for the better.

  3. Keegan Sullivan February 1, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

    Similar to most of my peers in the 21st century, I, myself, am an avid iPhone user. So when I saw headline “Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our IPhone Lime This” I was intrigued as to what he would really say if he were still around. As a customer and advocate of Apple products, it is difficult for me to see how Steve Jobs could be upset over his company’s skyrocketing value. Apple is one of the most renowned companies in the world because people are willing to shell out absurd amounts of money for their products especially the newest IPhone that comes out every year. I understand that technology is supposed to be innovative in the sense that it makes life easier for society. In 2007 the IPhone did just that. I was only 10- years old when Steve Jobs announced this revolutionary idea but through stories, pictures, videos, etc. I have an idea of what life was like that that time. An example of life in 2007 could be a simple business man. For work he needs to set an alarm on his bedside clock to assure he wakes up on time, his flip-phone with just a number keyboard to contact someone, a notebook to write simple notes, his IPod to listen to music during is break, his laptop to send/receive emails and do research, a GPS in order to get to his destination, and a calculator to aid him with his work. But what If he could combine all of these together? That is why the first IPhone was invented. Yes, there are still people today who only use their phone for the simplistic reasons but these people are outliers. Because of social media, games, music, etc we often find ourselves consumed by our pocket-sized friends. The cartoon at the beginning of the article depicts a human holding his phone in his hand in 2007 and then a phone holding a human in his hand in 2019. Although comical, I do not see an accurate representation of how IPhones are used today. The article talks about how we could not go long periods of time without our phones but I do not see the issue with that. I could definitely spend less time on social media and more time on important things but either way I would have my phone next to me. For example my boss calls me about three times per week asking if I can do a small favor or run a quick errand for the company even when I am not scheduled. As a college student, I jump on these opportunities because they are an easy way to make extra money. If I did not have my phone with me, my boss could just call a different employee who would have their device with them. IPhones today are very different than they were during their 2007 introduction but it is not necessarily a bad thing. Like I said, technology changes for the betterment of society and Steve Jobs would understand that in today’s world.

  4. Rachel Leto February 1, 2019 at 3:50 pm #

    I remember when my oldest brother came home with the first iPhone. It was one of the most fascinating things to see as a young child. I specifically remember his favorite feature being that you can see what the last message was that a person sent to you at the same time you were sending a message to them. I completely agree with this article because I have experienced it myself. I hate to say it, but my life is on my phone, all of my pictures, friends, and interactions are through my phone. To know that the iPhone was never supposed to turn out as it did today is a huge shock, but not really at the same time.
    Steve Jobs wanted a simple way for people to make their daily lives just a little bit better, not consume your entire day. However, as time went on people created apps that would be fun to post about your daily life and fun things that you do. That is what I believe ruined the idea of a simple iPhone. There became an obsession that everyone needed to show how exciting their life was. People started going places just to take pictures and becoming worried about their social media not making them look like a fun, adventurous, attractive, etc. Everyone became obsessed with bragging about their lives.
    Social media made it impossible for people to put their phones down. These apps that are constantly giving you status updates, new posts, funny videos, and pictures that you photo shopped to look a little bit skinnier, are the reason that soon the iPhone will be obsolete because we will soon have a chip inserted into our brains. To see in the article that the only way you can go back to Jobs’ original design is if you take away all the apps that were not on the original iPhone, even Gmail. However, if you do this and someone asks if you have social media and you say no, you are labeled as “weird” or “missing out”. The generation we live in today, it would be impossible to be able to go back to the original design of the iPhone.

  5. Richard Gudino February 1, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

    It’s astounding to see how much the world as gotten smaller, and our connectivity grown within the very few years into the 21st century. We need to marvel at and appreciate how much our lives have changed and how much they have advanced with all the new tech that’s been released. Not all is good however in this brave new world we go into with technology playing a more significant role in our lives. It’s funny to see that people always blame corporations or Silicon Valley on benefiting on this new generation of kids seeming to have more drawbacks from technology than advantages. Reading this article provided me with a new perspective. The creator of the phone whose eyes have you glued to the screen never intended for it to be able to dominate our lives. To be so dependent on a device that people have a panic attacks when they think that have lost it. Their lives so heavily invested in a phone that its almost like people lost all their assets and money. I myself am guilty of becoming a slave to the black mirror, it’s the first thing that I hold and interact with because I rely on it to wake me up every morning. Now we have to examine how we got to this point, a point of no return because I do not see anyone going back to the stone age of pre-internet era. It’s always easy to point fingers at the people who make the device, but upon further inspection its really been the ever-expanding internet and social media that has created a generation that looks for approval from all the likes and tweets, from this spawn adds placed all over websites and every other post. All of this has expanded the capabilities of the internet, which leads others to explore and proceed down the rabbit hole. Becoming stuck and not being able to come back up until they have seen every internet meme available. We all know that the internet, filled with wisdom and cat videos, has been the reason that Steve Job’s vision of “an iPod that can make calls” to a device that uses us more than we use it. The cartoon strip on the news article sums up exactly what has occurred to all of us. Rightly so it’s because it’s just the next step in our evolution, We again we can only theorize what can happen next as our cellular devices no longer become a luxury. Instead becoming an extension of an extra appendage that gives human sustenance. There are now as we speak there is a patent for contact lenses ( that are able to record everything that occurs in the users day. This being reminiscent of the “Black Mirror” episode “The Story of You”, which gives a bit of insight with some imagination of these recording lenses. Moving forward we need to begin to think about the social implications of being stuck to a screen. Even now we have kids who have become alienated and left without the ability to interact in a real social setting. There are times where even I can’t talk to someone face to face because I get anxiety.

  6. Daibelis Acevedo February 1, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

    I chose to read this article because the way that technology has been affecting the world is crazy. I have two little cousins, one of them is about to be two years old and the other one just turned six years old. Sometimes it’s heartbreaking to see how much they spend using the iPhones in the house to watch YouTube or Netflix. I try my best to take away the phones and only let them use it for the appropriate amount of time, but it becomes an issue when all the kids want to do is use the phones. After reading this article it was really nice to see that Steve Job’s initial vision wasn’t for the iPhone to take over our lives and the world, he had a completely different idea than what we made it. Of course, the iPhone is a great invention and a great resource, but it is starting to destroy this thing we call “being alive.” Smartphones have become so addicting for everyone all over the world. As it said in the article we feel “the obsessive urge to document” (Newport) almost everything we do or see. Recording, taking pictures, and posting every single thing one does should not be the way to live. It is taking away from the actual beauty of the world and the fun things to experience. I agree with this article because it is so sad to see that people live their lives through a screen. I can admit that I am also one of those people, but I definitely try to catch and stop myself.
    I really found it interesting how Steve Jobs really had three main ideas for the iPhone, and it was: calling, music and navigation. He did not even have an App Store in the first iPhone and that is actually hard to believe. I honestly can not imagine and iPhone without extra apps or an App Store. It really opens my mind to think about all the things we’ve all done as humans and will continue to do. The article mentioned a few steps on how to make your current iPhone into the iPhone that was meant to be put into the world. The most important of these steps, in my opinion would be to “remove from your smartphone any apps that make money from your attention” (Newport). This is a huge issue because almost every “trendy” or “cool” app nowadays falls under this category. For example, Youtubers, famous Instagram accounts, popular Twitter accounts, etc. All of these apps make money when you watch a famous person or continuously look up this person using the app. It’s a hard habit to break away from because for a very long time now, people have been on these social medias 24/7. The comfortability of being able to see what other people are doing, seeing, what their eating and when they’re eating, right in the palm of your hand is a comfortability nobody wants to let go of.
    It is important to take this all into account because amazing moments and opportunities are passing by right under everyone’s nose because of those phones. The way people live nowadays is through other people’s lives and social media posts. I really do wish I could have experienced and received my iPhone the way that Steve Jobs initially created it to be. I would have loved to see a phone without the App Store, without the social media and news. I strongly believe that people need to just put their phones down and open their eyes and look at what is in front of them, next to them, behind them, etc. People are forgetting what it’s like to live.

  7. Andrew Kenny February 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

    After hearing of Steve Jobs’ actual intent of the IPhone it is alarming to see how we have treated the product contrary to what he intended. We live in a digital era, and Jobs knew that, but he did not want his invention to become an extension of ourselves. If an App Store was never created and these third parties never infiltrated Apple’s integrity, I feel as if we would be using our phones the way Jobs wanted us to. Imagine how simple life could be if all of us just delete half of the applications on our phones. We really do not need four different forms of social media, ten games, and a constant update of all world happenings being fed to us. Interestingly enough, Jobs himself refrained from talking about the Internet features of the IPhone much and mainly raved about how it was an “IPod with calling features.” He knew the dangers of having this device controlling people’s lives. It is literally a personal assistant that the whole human race has become dependent on. We hardly ever think for ourselves anymore, let alone handle a face to face conversation. It is sad to see young people out with their elders with their faces buried in their phones not able to partake in human to human communication. The convenience of the smartphones is unmatched, hence why society has only gotten lazier.
    I myself am guilty of overusing my cell phone. I find myself wasting hours of my day scrolling through Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, etc. when I can most definitely be using my time more productively. Having the world at our fingertips has become almost a commodity rather than a luxury. One thing that we all can do is turn off some app notifications that are not vital to everyday life. There is no reason to check Twitter when a celebrity tweets, open your favorite game when it tells you there are bonus prizes, and no reason to watch Youtube every night before bed. Little things like this can slowly reduce our obsession with these phones and hopefully usher in some more contact with the real world. Taking pictures and recording everything you are a part of defeats the purpose of just relaxing and taking in the beauty of the real world. Jobs never meant to reinvent the way humans lived their lives. He just wanted to enhance our everyday lives with simple and convenient adjustments. Instead, we have abused our right to this technology and are left with a world where there is a dependence on a 6 inch screen.

  8. Jon Sozer February 1, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

    Smartphones have been in an incredible portion of my life. My parents are co-owners of a business. So, when the business began picking up, my father bought a Blackberry smartphone to help in responding to calls, e-mails, and website-related issues with more accessibility. Of course, being at the ripe age of 11, I was enamored with the device. It was amazing to see the same things that I would see at the home computer we shared on my dad’s phone as he was picking me up from school or at basketball practice. I wouldn’t have ever thought that the model he was using and the graphic interface of the device would be considered slow, clunky, and outdated within the next 3 years. It’s been nearly a decade since, and I can’t recall anything on my dad’s extraordinary phone that can’t be found being done better and faster today.

    After watching the video for the iPhone’s unveiling and launch in 2007, I could not help but see how much Steve Jobs cared about his product. He pulled out all the stops; he introduced his new product, with its ability to sync with previous products and revolutionize mobile communications. With a doubt, revenue was a large incentive for Apple to create the device, Jobs truly seemed excited to bring these ideas to the world at large. He and his team truly innovated and invented their way into the populace with their gadgets, and his ambitions were visible. For the rest of Jobs’ life, Apple products continued to improve qualitatively. The iPhone has gone through several OS changes, hardware improvements, and quality of life features since its initial release. However, I would be hard-pressed to accept that the current resources of Apple are being put to their most optimal uses in terms of product improvement and innovation. Apple has been doing a stellar job of improving their income statements and balance sheets, but several decisions made in the past few years are questionable for consumers, a large example being the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack, something that Steve Jobs touched on and emphasized in his keynote address.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Steve Jobs isn’t content with the current state of Apple and the progression of the iPhone. Personally, I was amazed with the advent of true smartphones and the latent potential in handheld devices. However, the latest iterations of this product seem like the same electronics in a new shell. Nothing has been exciting, and nothing has made me yearn for a new drop in a long while. Instead of looking to make gadgets for the sake of making money, Apple should look to make gadgets for the sake of ambition and innovation.

  9. Tyler Graham February 1, 2019 at 7:47 pm #

    It’s interesting to read about the evolution of smartphones and how they’ve impacted our lives. I truly don’t believe that any other invention in recent history has had a bigger impact on our lives than the smartphone. Granted, I don’t use an iPhone – I’m the dreaded Android user, yet the concept remains the same. Steve Jobs concept for the iPhone was simplistic and what we have today shatters that master vision. One of the quotes from that famous keynote was “An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator”, speaks to what Steve Jobs saw the iPhone as. I wonder what he would think if he saw the current iPhone.

    Apps have no doubt improved our lives in great ways. You can reconnect with old friends, send money to a friend in seconds, and order delivery from a place that doesn’t even deliver. You could even potentially find the love of your life if that’s your type of thing. But at the same time, this incredible access to information has become a detriment to life as a teenager/20something. I’ve seen it firsthand – people calculating when to post a picture to maximize the reach of likes they get, not following people they know in order to maintain a “ratio” (followed by more people than they’re following). I personally have been asked to “Do it again, it was funny, I want to put it on my snapchat story” – which means people are essentially trying to script day to day life. Of course I’m not going to say no, but still, I feel like it’s more important to just live in the moment. The article calls the new iPhones the “constant companion model”, and it is very true. We’ve all seen it: people freaking out on losing their phone, or because it’s dead, or because there is no signal. The fact that smartphones have become such an essential part of day to day life that the lack of access to one causes anxiety is extremely alarming.

    Another aspect of this is the amount of data that companies have on us now. Everything from fingerprints to soundbites, to pictures of us, what kind of lives we live, as well as what our interests are. What iPhones (and smartphones themselves) have become has turned every aspect of our lives into something marketable, and social media and apps, in general, are just different ways for companies to try to make money from us and our data.

  10. Ria Bagga February 1, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

    Steve Jobs was a brilliant creator and engineer. I always admired his minimalist perspective for technological design, and while it’s sad Jobs’s envision isn’t the reality, I find it difficult to see the disappointment this article portrays. There is no doubt that the iPhone is one of the best inventions and biggest leap for handheld devices and smart phones ever. The idea for smart phones was bound to force our technological advances, despite Steve Jobs’s dream being a bit abstract in the present. I do appreciate the way Steve Jobs envisioned the impact of his creations having, but I find it hard to believe he never dreamed bigger. The jump from physical keyboards on cellular devices to a flat-touch screen is a big innovation itself, but the idea of minimalistic features in a customizable device would never surface popularity like the iPhone consistently has for the past decade. Without the addition of new features, the iPhone would not exist today and would be replaced by more flexible devices. The stereotype for millennials nowadays compares to the iPhone, because if it didn’t it would not be nearly as successful. Apple is still around to tell Steve Jobs’s story and I don’t believe he would be disappointed with the way it’s turned out; it’d simply captivate a different persona that Steve Jobs would be living if he were alive today. The iPhone and all of Apple products are frowned upon for the same reasons they are successful, the endless, customizable, and personal features that allow any consumer to use it in the way they desire.

  11. Cameron Kharazmi February 1, 2019 at 8:28 pm #

    I don’t think any invention has quite changed the world in such a rapid pace than the smartphone. It has amazed me how in the span of ten years the iPhone and other similar products have gone from the wealthy households in the United States to third-world countries. The global impact of the smartphone has changed the world in a short amount of time and changed the way most people go about their everyday lives. In my own life, my smartphone has found a way to enter my subconscious and is without thought the first thing I wake up to, as it is filled with news, email, and social media notifications that I myself have deemed “important”. I do try to limit my smartphone consumption, but I believe society as a whole has rendered what we consider “interesting” to some sort of screen. Most people do not read newspapers, and would prefer their television news or an internet news source to consume their information(typically it is cheaper than a news subscription). If I was to try and get away from a screen, where would I find that enjoyment or enlightenment? The fact is that the smartphone and technology as a whole has changed the way we enjoy life. We value a screen in taking in our sports, we value a screen in taking in our news, and even build our workspaces(ie Slack) around our smartphones. Most people would see this as an issue, but to me, it’s just change. Just because people are more inclined to stay inside or consume their information on their phones or their computers does not signal a breakdown of society. It’s just a change in our collective personalities that has been influenced by technology. We’re entering an exciting time in human history, where brighter minds are in existence and technology is evolving at a rapid pace. I think society is adjusting to that, and designing our lives behind the technology rather than the other way around. Personally, I think the need to constantly get away from our smartphones and have a “digital detox” is vastly exaggerated, and I think that as technology evolves we will find ways to use it that will change the way we live our lives. Change is not typically a bad thing for humanity, and as our technology changes, we will too.

  12. Devero McDougal II February 1, 2019 at 8:42 pm #

    Smart phones have changed our society so much over the years growing up I would have never expected how much they would be required for our daily lives. Smart phones have brought a lot of good things to our society like being able to communicate with each other much easier. We can use them to find our where we need to go with GPS and we use them for our daily news. With all the good that has come with these phones it has definitely brought a lot of negatives. How much we rely on our phones is getting out of hand since we are on our phones all day and they take away from other things that we can do. The real problem that has come with smart phones in social media. Social media has taken over our lives especially younger people it is used for people to hide themselves behind a app. It is sad that we as a society use social media as a way to bully people. Now people have to worry about what they do so that they don’t end up on social media to be made fun of. When I read the article I was not surprised to see that Steve Jobs did not intend for us to use IPhones this way cause if you look at how dependent on them it is truly a bad addiction that we have.

  13. Alexander Dornbierer February 1, 2019 at 8:45 pm #

    When Steve Jobs created the iPhone in 2007, he had no idea the impact that his creation would have on society. What do we think of someone when we text them and the message pops up green? Do we think less of them because they don’t have the superior technology like we do? An iPhone is a basic need in almost every single person who lives in Americas life. We need it to go to the grocery store, to pay at the local convenience store or even deposit a check in your account. My father has always stated that a person’s phone has become their artificial heart. Not being able to be without it for certain periods of time. When you get up in the morning the first thing you do is check your phone, when getting ready to leave you always make sure you have your phone, you never want to be “Off the Grid”. In the reboot of Fear Factor, hosted by Ludacris, there was sneak peak of one of the episodes. Instead of eating something disgusting like in the previous seasons, the contestant had to drop their phone in the toilet. While this may have been easier to watch than someone laying in a box of snakes, or eating a live tarantula, it was most certainly not causing fear in the contestant. Or was it? Dropping the phone in the toilet would have meant that phone would have been unusable, and the contestant would be phone less for at least two days. Picture being so afraid to lose your phone for 48 hours. This is not what Steve Jobs wanted when he created the iPhone in 2007. He wanted it to be an iPod that could make phone calls. That is why the original iPhone debuted with no app store. No third parties providing apps for people to get sucked into. And the growth of social media didn’t help Mr. Jobs case. People needing to see what others are doing with or without them. This could cause a serious case of “FOMO”. People are addicted to their phones, which is not what Steve Jobs wanted.

  14. Melissa Caniz February 1, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

    In the article “Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our i Phones Like This,” is the clear definition on how apple has taken over an individual’s life rather than utilize the phone for what it was made for, to help us with small number of activities- “listening to music, placing calls, generating directions.”(Newport) Now a days we can’t even leave our house with our phones, they are what we essentially live for. As the article states “Mr. Jobs envisioned a simpler and more constrained iPhone experience then the one we actually have over a decade,” the iPhone that Mr. Jobs envision for the public did not have third party applications such as apps that we have now a days. Mr. Jobs did not believe that such apps can offer the “same level of aesthetically pleasing and stable experiences that Apple programmers could produce.” Back then apps were not used as they are used today, many digital platforms now a days help us communicate with people all over the country and therefore help us meet new colleagues and be able to interact with them through Face-time or other applications that allow video calling. As Mr. Jobs stated, “Practically speaking, to be a minimalist smartphone user means that you deploy this device for a small number of features that do things you value (and that the phone does particularly well), and then outside of these activities, put it away.” To take this step forward at least for me today is impossible, due to the technology that has emerged over the years we tend to shift away from drafting a paper by hand and instead we type it up and email it to our professor or submit through a link that they have provided for us. Even though Mr. Jobs had a vision to make a simple task such as making a phone call easier in 2007, in today’s world that is not a problem anymore due to his invention of the iPhone. Today’s society is composed of figuring out a solution to cure cancer. If we disassociate ourselves from all technology in the world, we will never be able to move one and progress not only as an individual but as a society as well. Technology is the key that moves our world, imagine a community without cell phone communication or being able to use social media platforms to communicate with people who live half-way across the world? The purpose of the iPhone was never built to reinvent a person’s life but reinvent the phone itself. (Newport)

  15. Melissa Caniz February 1, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

    In the article “Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This,” is the clear definition on how apple has taken over an individual’s life rather than utilize the phone for what it was made for, to help us with small number of activities- “listening to music, placing calls, generating directions.”(Newport) Now a days we can’t even leave our house with our phones, they are what we essentially live for. As the article states “Mr. Jobs envisioned a simpler and more constrained iPhone experience then the one we actually have over a decade,” the iPhone that Mr. Jobs envision for the public did not have third party applications such as apps that we have now a days. Mr. Jobs did not believe that such apps can offer the “same level of aesthetically pleasing and stable experiences that Apple programmers could produce.” Back then apps were not used as they are used today, many digital platforms now a days help us communicate with people all over the country and therefore help us meet new colleagues and be able to interact with them through FaceTime or other applications that allow video calling. As Mr. Jobs stated, “Practically speaking, to be a minimalist smartphone user means that you deploy this device for a small number of features that do things you value (and that the phone does particularly well), and then outside of these activities, put it away.” To take this step forward at least for me today is impossible, due to the technology that has emerged over the years we tend to shift away from drafting a paper by hand and instead we type it up and email it to our professor or submit through a link that they have provided for us. Even though Mr. Jobs had a vision to make a simple task such as making a phone call easier in 2007, in today’s world that is not a problem anymore due to his invention of the iPhone. Today’s society is composed of figuring out a solution to cure cancer. If we disassociate ourselves from all technology in the world, we will never be able to move one and progress not only as an individual but as a society as well. Technology is the key that moves our world, imagine a community without cell phone communication or being able to use social media platforms to communicate with people who live half-way across the world? The purpose of the iPhone was never built to reinvent a person’s life but reinvent the phone itself. (Newport)

  16. Abdulrafay Amir February 3, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

    Our phones are a gift and a curse. It is clear today that you cannot go anywhere outside in public without seeing somebody glued to their screens. With our smartphones comes a lot of advantages that someone like Steve Jobs hoped to accomplish. The ease to communicate with people through social media and messaging has been very beneficial too many businesses and individuals themselves. Many people, however, have begun to use smartphones too personally and have become enveloped with their social media presence. In a time where social media platforms are very crucial in some respects, people have found a way to let it take over their lives. You see people recording and taking photos of everything yet fail to recognize that viewing things through your own two eyes is what really matters in the end. I don’t think Steve Jobs anticipated that we would let smartphones and the continuous advancement of our technology have such a negative effect on us.
    As smartphones advanced, the goal was to make lives easier but the different apps that have been made have allowed for this ease to turn into an obsession. People have the need to show off on their social media to show off their lives and it has become a “drug” in a sense for people. The crutch of smartphones has turned us all into a society that will struggle if one day technology ceased to exist. Many people can’t even begin to imagine what hard work looks like because the ease of these tools has almost wiped out a need to have any struggle. I believe that somehow, we should teach the youth the ability to depend less on these tools because smartphones really should not be the “end or be all” for us as a society today. Steve Jobs helped to create something beautiful and we should honor that by being able to use our devices properly.

  17. Ruth Francois February 3, 2019 at 10:39 pm #

    I do agree with the article we as a society have become addicted to our phones. Since 2007 technology has changed drastically it’s mind blowing. Cell phones has become the biggest way of communication with others; its conveincey its what help and hinder us all. I remember a time when everyone had landlines at their homes for communication. If your weren’t home people would leave a voicemail if it was important and once you got home you would receive the message. But now a days people barley have home phones. Mr. Jobs didn’t know that his production of the iPhone would go to this extreme. Having cell phones makes social media so asseble at any hour any time of the day. Before the invotation of apps social media was on home computers we weren’t home most of the time. People were able to live their lives without any interruptions of social media. We didn’t know what our friends, family, co-workers were doing every second. Or what restaurant they went to for lunch or what they ordered. But “thanks” to social media now we can see every detail. You can take a picture and post it to Facebook or Instagram.

  18. Danielle C February 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

    In Cal’s article, he highlighted the use and idea of the iPhone that was originally created by Steve Jobs. He saw the phone to do simpler tasks in comparison to today where iPhones control the majority of our lives. For example the phones have already eliminated a majority of everyday items like alarm clocks, GPS systems, and CD players. The phone was structured very simply and what even caught the writer by surprise was the fact that Steve Jobs never intended to allow third party apps or apps in general to be designed to work on the phones. Today, there are apps for just about everything from monitoring your health, to where to shop for items, and even watching home security systems. What beings to unravel is how we have become to rely so heavily on phones that we begin to loose sight of what the iPhones were originally meant to do and what they have begun to take us away from that now you hear people complain about it while still going to their phones, human connection and interaction. We have all experienced the time where you stand in an elevator full of people and no idea what to say or do. Back then, people would converse while today, everyone is scrolling on their phones until they ask is this my stop? Technology has captivated our lives so heavily that if you are not up to date, you’ll be left out. Another issue is if there was ever an issue where iPhones stopped working, what happens to everything in our lives? We then have to reteach old habits. This also captivates people who have made the most money and business through apps as well. There is almost no human interaction needed. For example, Facebook is a multi growing company that connects people without even being near each other. They can share videos, pictures, events, and more all just by a simple click through the app. iPhones have changed the way society is viewed and even how we interact with people through our everyday lives. It does make someone question would Steve Jobs like the way the iPhone has integrated our life or does he wish the iPhone was never created or to be seen as a monster.

  19. Madyson Y. February 5, 2019 at 9:14 am #

    It is true that in this day in age we are all glued to our smartphones trying to keep in touch with our closest friends and family. We all have formed some type of addiction to these little devices that is truly unhealthy to not only ourselves, but to society as a whole. We are not able to leave the house without our iPhones and if we forget them we instantly have to turn back around and grab it. It is scary how a small device runs our entire life, something Steve Jobs did not want to happen. It was interesting to read how he only imagined his invention strictly for calling, listening to music, and directions. The only apps he wanted on the iPhone where those from Apple itself, as he did not trust third parties. With this being said, I believe that the way the iPhone has been developed over time, while not the way Steve Jobs wanted it to be, has changed a majority of people’s life in this world, for worse and for better.
    When you are walking down the street, barely anybody is paying attention to where they are going, everybody has their head down looking at their phone. In this case, the phone hurts society. If someone is too busy checking their Instagram and decides to cross the street without looking, they could potentially cause damage not just to themselves, but to innocent bystanders as well. Another example is checking your iPhone at the dinner table. I grew up in a household where you were not allowed to bring anything to the dinner table but yourself. But, when I would go to my friend’s house for dinner, everybody would be paying attention to their phones and not each other. Then I start to think, is it the iPhone that is causing the problem, or is the person who is operating it? The person should be able to put down the phone and be able to carry on a conversation for the whole deration of dinner. Instead, they choose to avoid any type of conversation and continue to blame the phone for their lack of social skills.
    Of course with any downside, there is always an upside. One of the best parts about the iPhone is that it is a iPod, GPS, laptop, and a phone thrown into one gadget. Now instead of having four different devices everything is combined into one device making the user become a little less cluttered. Also, the apps from third parties that Steve Jobs never wanted to make an appearance on his phone has changed the lives of many. Many people have made a living off iPhone’s third party apps by simply downloading apps like Instagram, signing up, and become what they call “instafamous”. If those people had iPhones, but Instagram was not Apple compatible, they would not be able to pay their mortgage or provide for their family. Steve Jobs never planned for the iPhone to be developed into its stage it is in today, but I am sure he would proud of it and all of the good things that came from his invention back in 2007.

  20. Niurka P February 6, 2019 at 2:06 am #

    If you think about the world about 10 years ago, people were not worried about having so many features on their cellphone. Most people back then owned a basic flip phone that would let you call, text, and take pictures. Now, having anything lower than an iPhone 7 is considered outdated.
    The way that smartphones have impacted the world today is honestly mind-blowing. Steve Jobs’ purpose of the iPhone was to add some ease into one’s life, but now it has been taken advantage of with all of these different social media apps and direct messaging. No one would have ever predicted the huge impact that not only the iPhone, but social media created in our daily lives. Everyone gets addicted to the constant alerts they receive on social media after posting or from multiple group chats on iMessage, causing nothing but distractions all day long. Schools are now struggling with having students not pay attention in class because they cannot let go of their phone during lectures.
    However, in a world like today where technology is only advancing, having one hand-sized device that can provide multiple features at your fingertips is extremely convenient. Steve Jobs did not want any third party apps involved in his original invention, but these same apps have also become a main reason of the ease in our daily routines. In a way, the iPhone is still bringing simplicity into many lives today even if the phone now offers many more features than in the past.

  21. Matt H February 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    I found this article very intriguing. I have had an I-Phone since middle school and I believe my life would dramatically change without it. Not to mention society would change tremendously if the I-Phone had not been invented. I understand the I-Phone was supposed to originally just be a phone. However, the invention of apps has changed the human population for the better. It has allowed people to connect from all over the world. It not only allows family members to stay connected from anywhere in the world. But also lets people compete in games and develop friendships through the competitive atmosphere.
    As much as an asset the I-Phone has been in connecting the human species. I think it has also been one of our greatest downfalls. With getting breaking news every second of the day. It has caused the world to live in paranoia. It allows the media to be in our minds every second of every day. To the point that you do not even know who to trust. It has also dramatically decreased the amount of personal contact. I am guilty of texting a family member happy birthday, or congratulations on the new job. When in reality I should call them or better yet have lunch with them discussing their accomplishments. I believe the world of face to face contact and connecting on a personal level is gone due to the I-Phone. And the age of texting without face to face interaction is just beginning.
    I can only hope that this up and coming generation realizes how detrimental the I-Phone can be to your life. And how important the face to face interactions are. I do not hope this new generation lives life by text or email. There are so many benefits to leaving your phone off and being conscious of this beautiful world around you. Personally, I always play basketball and leave all my electronics behind. This allows me to appreciate the world for what it is. And not be glued to the propaganda that the I-Phone is constantly bombarding you with.
    In this day and age, the I-Phone is cherished. Human society could not live without it. It has got to the point where the I-Phone is a necessity. The demand for I-Phones is unbelievable. However, I hope society can allow themselves to take a break from their I-Phone. And still be able to connect on a personal level. Face to Face interactions is the path to a brighter and more successful future.

  22. David Torres February 6, 2019 at 3:05 pm #

    I find the article “Steve Jobs Never wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This” interesting because of his original intent on how the iPhone was supposed to be used, and certainly not like how it is used today. The invention of the iPhone was great because it was an ‘iPod’ that can make phone calls. I would assume that Steve Jobs would be shocked at how differently the iPhone is used now. It is nowhere near used in the way he intended it to be, which was to be kept as simple as possible. Mr. Job’s had a minimalist mindset and liked to strip things down to the fundamentals. Moreover, Apple’s simple design was a result of this thinking. I have to agree with the article when it says that many of us are glued to our phones by acting as a form of a constant companion and taking up your entire day.
    It is clear that in today’s day and age, this can be seen as an epidemic consistently getting worse. One way to avoid this problem is to take action and to delete many of the applications that have ‘eye candy’ or anything that will grab your attention. In my opinion, this is a great idea that will allow us to turn our attention to more important activities such as work, school, and readings that may get interrupted by phone notifications. By deleting a few time wasters on your phone, it will allow you to live “present in a nice moment, free from the obsessive urge to document it.” It is essential to use our time wisely especially in today’s technology era.
    Some tips I got out of this article are when getting to a destination that requires the use of your phone, use it but once you arrive, put it back in your pocket and don’t take it out for a while. Another tip is to put your phone again back in your pocket when done with a phone call. For example, if your phone was in your pocket for a while, and you get a phone call from your father, answer it but once finished, do not use it for entertainment, such as opening a social media app. Instead, put it back into your pocket and live in the moment.

  23. Josh Shupper February 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    The vision of the purpose of the iPhone from 2007 to 2019 is something that is on two very different ends of the spectrum. The iPhone was supposed to be something used for phone calls and listening to music, and that was it. However, in today’s society, that has gone completely out the window.
    Many iPhone users, including myself, use the phone for the getting apps and then using those apps on a daily basis. I know I mostly use my phone for things like Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, etc. Sometimes, I feel like I spend too much on time on my phone and that it takes away from what I could be doing in the other aspects of life. I think that Steve Jobs has a point when it comes to the purpose of the iPhone when he first created the product. He wanted it to be used for little purposes so we as people can enjoy life.
    There is one problem with that though. I find that since the world is going in a direction where technology is a big part of our lives, the same thing with the purpose of the iPhone is changing. Whenever I see people walking around at school, their heads are down looking at the screens of their phones. Yes, I do that a lot too, but at the same time, I try to avoid using the phone at such a high rate. People should try to set aside their phones for an extended period of time and try to enjoy life. In this sort of generation where technology including the iPhone is so big, it becomes difficult for people to try to avoid not using it.
    It does not surprise that so many people spend a lot of their free time by looking at what the new trends are found in social media. It feels like some sort of addiction or trap that one can not recover from. Once you start doing something with your phone, you will not stop. I would definitely agree with the article that people should attempt to use their phones less. How can people do that? One easy way would be to not look at social media as much, or a person can simply put the phone down or away in their pocket for at least a couple of hours each day and go do something else in their life. To me, I feel as if I am wasting time by looking at my phone when I could be something else. Maybe for future references, I will try to not use my phone as much, especially with all of the apps that I have on my phone like Youtube, Instagram, and Snapchat that eat up not only your phone battery, but also your time.

  24. Shegufta Tasneem February 6, 2019 at 11:11 pm #

    We are constantly becoming more and more dependent on technology, specifically our smartphone and laptop devices throughout the day. We need these devices to make our lives smoother and easier, no doubt. But, these devices have now become an inseparable part of our lives and we have gradually and subconsciously become over-reliant on it. I, personally, believe that we should all be “minimalist smartphone user” and focus more on our real life. Instead of saying IRL or “in real life” on social media, we should form the habit of bringing our experiences from the minimal use of social media as our topics of discussion in our in-person conversation with our friends and family. The main reason why we have become so dependent on smartphones is the different social media contents. Facebook, twitter, snapchat, and similar other social media applications have made us overly dependent on the virtual world and consume most of our time from the day by distracting us with various necessary and mostly unnecessary content. It is important to stay in touch and up to date with the ever-changing world and be aware of what is going on in the lives of the people around us as well as who live far away. But other than that, social media apps also provide us with news about anything and everything and draws our attention to it. Before we know it, we become so accustomed to it that we cannot help but check our social media profile and newsfeed every other minute. As a result, we end up staring at the screen of our phones, laptops and other devices and scrolling through unimportant content instead of putting all our attention and efforts into the work that we are doing in real life. For us students, this creates a huge distraction and makes us lose track of our studies and assignments. For people with jobs, it compels them to waste time during work hours on unnecessary and insignificant matters of life.

  25. Claudia Ralph February 7, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    I swear that Steve Jobs would roll over in his grave if he knew how dependent I was on my iPhone. Instead of it being the support item that Jobs originally intended for it to be, iPhones and other Apple products have become a necessary part of everyday life in 2019. It is far more common to have an iPhone or another smartphone than it is to have a regular mobile device or no phone at all. Even for me, my iPhone touches every single part of my life. It is the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing I look at in the evening. I can honestly say that it would be very hard for me to function without my phone, which is sad, but it is a sentiment that many other people share. It would be impossible for all age groups today, especially younger generations, to separate themselves from their smartphones.
    Minimalism is something that is nearly impossible for us to achieve in 2019, and the evolution of the iPhone is no different. We live in a world where we always want more, where everything is at the touch of our fingers. Consumerism does not discriminate against iPhone users and app developers know that. Imagine a world where you couldn’t ask your pal Siri to remind you to go to your doctor’s appointments or generate directions to a meeting? There aren’t many limitations as to what a smartphone can do for you or aid you with. I almost wish that we could revert back to the simplistic design and functions of the iPhone. The extensive designs have opened us up to being constantly available, which while very convenient can hinder us and our inter and intra personal relationships.
    But it is really possible for us to separate from our iPhones as suggested in the article? I don’t think so. Social Media has become addictive and smartphones are the gateway to having social media available at all times. I believe that the capabilities are so far gone that it would be impossible for us to reign it back in.

  26. Ashley Bock February 7, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

    Steve Jobs in 2007, at the creation of the iPhone, was intended for the device to help the everyday person complete simple tasks, to which it ultimately does. However, the article explains that Mr. Jobs intended the iPhone to be minimalistic. In fact, Mr. Grignon, an original member of the iPhone team, said that Jobs envisioned the iPhone to merely be a, “an iPod that made phone calls,” which is definitely an understatement for that of the iPhone today. Today’s iPhone can be compared to that of an extra limb, it is always connected to each person and most individuals are not able to go short amounts of time without using it. This need to have and use the phone has come about due to the innovation and addition of apps which are meant to help, but inevitably end up distracting most of us in our day to day lives. I am included in this group constantly using my iPhone as well as various other apple products such as a watch or a laptop. It is almost more difficult not to use these devices day to day as everything that I need is stored on them. For example, my phone as well as my other devices contain everything from phone numbers, and music playlists, to school work and alarms. Everything is stored on these devices which leads to the great amount of usage today. This over usage, according the article is not what Jobs intended, he only wanted the iPhone to help in small activities such as placing calls. He did not want it to be such a prominent part of our everyday life. However, Jobs probably would have been okay with the changes of today because they were unavoidable due to our growing technological advancements this outcome was inevitable. This is because the creation of the iPhone was monumental and sparked more ideas on how to make more everyday things easily available and accessible. These ideas created competition and marketability and if Apple did not continue to advance their technology keeping it to only help with simple activities like that of original iPhone, they would not be the large industry that have become today.

  27. Demetri Allen February 7, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

    Most of today’s society is heavily dependent on our phones. Almost every moment of our day is documented on twitter or Instagram, not to mention the infinite gateway to information that is google. All of this is tightly located within your pants pocket. However, the I phone’s creator Steve Jobs had a different vision for the device as shown in Cal Newport’s article. This piece goes into detail on how Jobs’ original idea for the use of the iPhone was much different than its actual use today. These ideals are expressed when Newport quotes original iPhone team member Andy Grignon, “It was an “iPod that could make phone calls””. It was much simpler compared to now where everything is digital. In 2007 this technological shift hadn’t occurred yet. Nowadays, every bit of information you get comes from that small screen. There has even been a dramatic shift in traditional TV viewership which has been replaced with streaming which can be done on the go anywhere. Social media also takes up a large percentage of our screen time. Jobs had never intended for apps to be a large component to the iPhone as Newport mentions in this article. However, as of right now the top ten apps in the app store are all social media apps ranging from Instagram to snapchat. The popularity of these sites is so astronomically big that even most businesses today would never survive without a corporate twitter or Facebook. I personally spend about 6-7 hours a week on twitter and Instagram alone. This constant dependence on our phones leads into Newport’s secondary point. People need to spend less time on their phones. Newport argues that spending less time on our phones would increase productivity and happiness. While putting down your phone or deleting all but essential apps may sound difficult at first Newport is correct about the end result. Once you get rid of the constant social chatter that takes up our time you become less focused on the lives of others and more focused about yourself and the real world. This is difficult for many people to do because a lot of iPhone and social media users suffer from the fear of missing out. The thought of not being in the loop of things terrifies them. Unfortunately, we are looking at an even more technological dependent future at the rate we’re going but hopefully we will still have time to unplug ourselves.

  28. Croix R February 7, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

    This article brings up a very interesting point to me. What would Steve Jobs think if he saw the way everyone’s lives have changed because of his company’s product? I am of the opposite opinion of the original author. Cal Newport believes that he would not like the way that our lives have changed. He attributes this to the App Store and 3rd party developers. I, on the other hand think that the App Store’s ability to allow anyone to publish their app has been a magnificent breakthrough. Since anyone can release an app, it has brought about major innovation in the way we live our lives. You always hear people saying, “why didn’t I come up with that”, certain apps seem like such simple things. Some of these simple apps can really improve our lives in ways never thought possible. I think that Steve Jobs would have been astounded by the amazing things that you can do from the palm of your hand. Business can now be done instantly from anywhere in the world. You can live videoconference with your family from the other side of the earth. All of these amazing things would probably not be possible without the release of the iPhone and the introduction of the iOS App Store.
    Of course, there are some negatives in being always connected. As the author alludes to social media has changed a lot of people’s personalities. Social media would not have exploded onto the scene as much as it has without smartphones. One huge negative consequence of social media is depression. I know that some people will constantly look on social media and see what others are doing. If you do this enough you will always see friends; traveling the world, partying, exploring, visiting amazing places and overall having a great time. You only get a partial picture from this though. You only see what friends want to post. This can lead to a false sense that everyone else’s life is so much better than yours. Unfortunately, because of social media some of us have this new “condition”. I choose to look on the brighter side and see all of the good that has come from social media. The largest benefit I see, is being able to reconnect with friends that you have not heard from in years. Going along with this, people are able to make new friends that share common interests.
    All in all, I genuinely believe that Steve Jobs would have appreciated how much something that his company released has changed the world. Smartphones and mobile applications have overall changed the world for the better. You can do almost everything that you could previously achieve with a desktop computer on a device that fits in your pocket.
    I do see the original authors main point though, we should find a way to disconnect at certain times. At social events for example, all too often you will see no one talking and everyone just staring at their phones. This brings up another possible negative, smartphones have made some people antisocial. One thing that Apple has implemented to try and curb this trend is called Screen Time. The feature allows you to schedule time away from your screen and set app limits for yourself or children. It also allows you to see how much time you have “wasted” on certain useless apps. This new feature can be really useful if you want to commit yourself to less screen time.

  29. Diamond Vasquez February 7, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

    According to The New York Times article, “Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This,” Jobs intention of creating the iPhone was to making phone calls easier to make, while adding in the ability to listen to music and find directions. The iPhone was supposed to be considered a “luxury object,” as Cal Newport describes in the article, but it has taken over our lives, which is not a good thing at all.
    I felt this article to be an intriguing read because it gives us, readers, insight, on what Steve Jobs goals were when he created the first iPhone and how the iPhone actually impacts us today. The influence of the smartphone is perfectly depicted in the illustration, by Zak Tebbal, illustrating how it has taken control of our lives between 2007 and 2019. Today, all, if not most, of us are on our phones basically all day, from when we first wake up in the morning until the minute we fall asleep. As Newport begins his article, “Smartphones are our constant companions.” Smartphones have become our best friends throughout time. Newport calls this the “constant companion model,” explaining that we view our phones as “always-on portals to information.” He goes on further, describing, “Instead of improving activities that we found important before this technology existed, this model changes what we pay attention to in the first place- often in ways designed to benefit the stock price of attention-economy conglomerates, not our satisfaction and well-being,” With this being stated, the use of technology does not benefit the individual actually using the smartphone, but the companies creating the various applications that we use today, including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. These companies make these apps that will “make money from your attention,” as said by Newport when advising on how to partake in becoming a “minimalist smartphone user,” which is also another interesting feature of this article.
    Around the end, of the article, Carl Newport explains different tips, helping us practice Jobs’s “minimalist vision” of using an iPhone or any smartphone, which was simply to use the phone for a small number of activities, including “listening to music, placing calls,” and “generating directions.” I will definitely try these guidelines because I know that I have a little problem with being stuck on the phone, so I will use these tips to my advantage. I feel that they might help me detach myself from using my smartphone all the time and to use it once a while.

  30. Jake Moore February 7, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

    Today’s technology is nothing like we expected it to be a decade ago. I without a doubt agree with this article in more ways than one. We as a society are addicted to our phones and social media. If you leave your house and forget your phone, your heart drops and you would probably turn around and go back and get it. That is how reliant we have become on our phones that we need them with us everywhere we go or it feels like something is missing. With all the new models of iPhones coming out you can basically upgrade to a “better” phone every other month. Granted the advances in technology make everyday life easier, and all the technology used in hospitals, airports to help with everyday problems is great, but soon enough we will be walking around with robots on the street. Social media is one of the worst things for your mental health. Always looking at other people and comparing yourself to them, looking for that social approval from likes on your photos to retweets, and how many followers you have.
    Cell phones have become not only an easy way of communication but having a computer at your fingertips whenever to do basically whatever it is you need to do. As stated in the article, Mr. Jobs did not want or see the production of his iPhone going the way it did. As said in the article, “Mr. Jobs seemed to understand the iPhone as something that would help us with a small number of activities — 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 quote really stood out to me because Mr. Jobs had such a great basic idea for something simple that would make important everyday things easier for us. But now there are hundreds and thousands of apps out there for almost anything you can think of, and I think it really is a shame because we are getting so caught up in this technology we do not know what life without a phone feels like, or being distracted by a screen for ten plus hours a day. Having a cell phone used to be more of a luxury item that not everyone had, now a day almost every person around you ranging from young kids to adults has one or maybe even more phones that they use on an everyday basis. For example, my little sister is only eight and has two iPads, an iPhone, a chrome book, an Xbox and many other hand held electronics, and I personally think it is a little crazy that kids have so much power at their fingertips. I remember only have a few electronics growing up but I mainly remember going outside running around and playing with friends. Now when you go to parties or events everyone is on their phones recording the moment or just glued to their screens. There are so many different negative effects technology and social media have on us, especially on the younger generation. We as a society are becoming distracted from all this technology and not focusing on living our actual life.

  31. DeVante M February 8, 2019 at 2:05 am #

    Steve Jobs was an absolutely brilliant innovator but the title of this article may be misleading. After reading this article I realize that Steve Jobs’ original intentions with iPhone were meant to be more simple than what it has evolved into. To say he ‘never wanted us to use iPhones like this” may be a little over dramatic. I believe Steve Jobs would like how his original invention has transformed into something much greater. As an iPhone user I will admit that the current use of iPhones does feel like a “constant companionship.” The iPhone enriches our lives; this of course depends on the user. The iPhone helps users stay up to date on world news. Without applications on this device users would have to wait until they get home to receive substantial news. This is very crucial in today’s world due to the instability of many world leaders. I do agree with some aspects of this article. This article also states that “unless you’re a cable news producer, you don’t need minute-by-minute updates on world events.” Due to the unpredictable behaviors of world leaders iPhone applications such as Twitter and The New York Times are essential if we would like to stay up to date.
    After watching portions of Steve Jobs’ speech I believe he would approve of today’s innovations on the iPhone. He seemed very excited about all of the new features the iPhone had to offer. He raved about how good the web browser was on that iPhone. In this speech he used the internet browser to go on The New York Times. In this instance Steve Jobs is using the iPhone as a companion. The speech proved to me that Steve Jobs would be happy with how connected we are to his invention. Since his passing in 2011 iPhones have become a staple to everyday life. He found joy knowing that the iPhone made our lives easier.
    It is tough to say whether or not Steve Jobs would approve of today’s technology. Through some research I haven’t found concrete evidence that Steve Jobs would have been against today’s iPhone. I do believe however that he would approve of at least one life controlling apple device; AirPods. In 2007 Jobs attempted to design wireless headphones for the iPhone. This of course eventually failed, but the idea was there. I use this example to point out that Steve Jobs had many visions of the future of apple products. There is lack of evidence to support the idea that he would disapprove of the iPhone. I believe that he saw the future of the iPhone just like how he envisioned a wireless bluetooth headset for the iPhone. If he didn’t want the iPhone becoming this way I believe he would have had that clearly stated in writing before he passed.

  32. Shane K February 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

    When I think of Apple as a company the first word that comes to mind is innovation. Nowadays it feels as though they are always trying to push the boundaries of what technology can accomplish. It is strange to think that this wasn’t Steve Jobs original goal with the iPhone. His original goal was to merely make a phone the could perform a select number of useful tasks like giving directions, making calls, listening to music, as well as a few others. While I do think that Steve Jobs did want the iPhone to progress and be able to accomplish more tasks, I do not think that he envisioned it getting this bad. With iPhones today it would be easier to make a list of tasks an iPhone can’t perform than a list of what they can.
    While it is nice to be able to watch tv, text, video chat, and access social media on our phones, these are features that we don’t need and they can be a never-ending distraction. It is clear that people today, especially younger people, abuse the many features of the iPhone. I am guilty of this myself, its so easy to just sit on your phone scrolling through social media or watching videos that sometimes it become difficult to stop and do what needs to be done that day, and its only getting worse. With every new version of the iPhone more and more features are being added and Tech companies like Apple have more data on their users than ever before. Videos and other online content are hand selected to fit a particular users interests making it more and more difficult to put the iPhone down. In my opinion we should go back to Steve Jobs original idea of an iPhone being a tool not something everybody is dependent on.

  33. Benjamin Cherisier February 8, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

    From a business and consumer standpoint Steve Jobs idea of the iPhone has evolved into one of the biggest innovations of the mobile device. The iPhone has dominated the smartphone industry with its brilliant calligraphy, easily accessible applications and prestigious service(s). According to the article “Share of smartphone users…” ( about 44 percent of all smartphone users own an iPhone. Apple Inc. was the first American public company to reach a one trillion dollar value as of August 2018 (via If I were Steve Jobs I certainly would not be complaining. Only forty four percent of smartphone users use apple. The other 56 percent of smartphone users have no influence from Steve Jobs. With all the technology that has evolved everyone can agree on the fact that technology is taking over. Things that were harder to do back then are made way easier to do today. From buying groceries on Amazon to paying bills online, life can be more efficient then it was years ago. For students like me the mobile device can be used to check what assignments I have to do or important emails about meetings and clubs that I am involved in. Why spend extra cash for gas or a bus ride to see a close friend when you can just facetime them. Sometimes the most important things we need to do every day are easier by just opening the mobile device. I do agree that social media can be a bad thing to users as today people can use it for attention, to show off and seem better than other people. There are many social media addicts, and being on your phone constantly can cause people to live in false reality of how they want people to view themselves. Social media can cause quite a distraction. Sometimes when being occupied with others people still tend to be very distracted by it, even at the dinner table. It is really unhealthy to not communicate to others in person and be on your phone when you are with others and ignoring friends or family and also the people you work with. There are few people that I know who are constantly on their phones all day. I feel like we are getting better than it was before, at least for me. I used to use my social media accounts a lot more but now I hardly ever post pictures on Instagram. I rarely use my twitter or snapchat but of course there are people who use it ten times as much as I do. Once you get older there is so much more things you need to do like work school and homework that I do not really have time to check my feeds all day. I feel like this article was geared more towards the issue of social media being a distraction in our daily lives. Outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram cause people to not live their lives in person but through their phone. Social media applications are still accessible through android. I doubt Steve Jobs would give up being a Trillion-dollar company to be just average.

  34. Domenico Cirielli February 8, 2019 at 7:02 pm #

    Can you remember what your life was like without an iPhone? Can you remember times that were influenced by you and not your phone? Can you remember what it was like to actually live? I am disappointed in myself due to the fact that I cannot remember a time like this. From the second I silence my phone alarm in the morning, I am completely captivated by it – it demands my attention. In fact, I had to pause to check my Instagram before I finished this sentence. Though Steve Jobs did not intend for the iPhone to be such an addicting and distracting device, I do not believe that he was completely oblivious to the fact that, as a society, we were just given a very powerful, very dangerous tool to be used at our own disposal. He was a very smart individual, who I assumed understood that human beings are social creatures – we like to be connected with each other; feel important; be apart of others’ lives; know what’s going on at all times. Instead of summarizing what the article says, I really want to dive into this idea of the human being a social creature, and how this makes for a dangerous game with the introduction of the iPhone. I want to discuss our desire for recognition and our fear of missing out and propose ways in which these desires can be satisfied without the use of the iPhone.

    First, I want to talk about our unending desire for validation – for who we are, how we live our lives, and what we accomplish. I don’t understand how a retweet or liking an image ever became more important than face to face encounters in real life. Personally, nothing feels better than being recognized in person for my accomplishments or for who I am. If things like Instagram and Twitter hinder one’s ability to be present in their lives, then I believe it necessary to delete those apps and start living a real life – not a fake one representative of one’s posts or tweets. I feel like we live in a society where individuals forget to live outside of their phone.

    The second aspect of our “social nature” that I would like to address as it pertains to being captivated by our mobile devices is our fear of missing out, or FOMO. In actuality, I think FOMO is a little ironic because though individuals want to remained checked in and updated on what is going on in their friends’ and family’s lives, they have made a mockery of their own lives – they don’t have them anymore. Individuals are so completely entranced by their devices and what’s going on with others that they become too busy to live their own lives. Though I understand that FOMO can be a real issue for individuals, and that some may suffer anxiety from missing out on things, I believe it necessary that one not miss out on his or her own life because of it.

    Overall, I would have to agree that the way in which we use our iPhones and respective mobile devices is not how Steve Jobs would have intended. But I believe that he knew, to an extent, that Apple’s innovation would allow us as social creatures to have a lot of power in our fingertips. At this point, we must take it upon ourselves to recognize how the iPhone is affecting us and start dedicating more time to ourselves and the world around us, not the supercomputer in our pockets.

  35. Kayla Clavijo February 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm #

    I find the article “Steve Jobs Never wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This” captivating because of his actual intent on how the iPhone was supposed to be used is now certainly being utilized differently in which he would not approve of. To begin with, the history of the iPhone dates back to the beginning of the 2000s when Steve Jobs decided to combine a multi-touch touchscreen and a tablet computer. Today, this device has simply took over our lives. It is no longer used to help us with small number of activities- “listening to music, placing calls, and generating directions” as he initially envisioned. As the article states “Mr. Jobs envisioned a simpler and more constrained iPhone experience than the one we actually have over a decade later”. In other words, Steve Jobs never planned for the iPhone to be developed into its stage it is in today and he did not want any third-party apps involved in his original invention as well. However, the importance of the iPhone has increased accordingly. It has become an essential gadget in society’s day to day lives. Yet, the impact of this device has compelling evidence on how negatively it has ruined the quality of human life. In fact, there is no doubt that human interaction, morality and standards have changed for the worse.

    Mobile technology has helped us in so many ways, but it also seems to be subtly destroying the meaningfulness of interactions we have with others, disconnecting us from the world around us, and leading to an imminent sense of isolation in today’s generation. In my opinion, different doesn’t always mean good. Having a faster and more efficient way of communicating isn’t okay because we begin to lose ourselves with the real world. People are continuously living their lives through a screen and fail to realize that it is hurting us mentally and physically. The article calls the new iPhones the “constant companion model”, and I agree. We all know we’re attached to our smartphones, but sometimes the addiction doesn’t really hit us until we’re left without it. Nowadays, not having your phone in your hand makes you feel like something is missing. Before going out, you always check your phone whether if it’s to check the time or to simply see if you have any notifications. We almost always make sure we bring our phone chargers as well. Having a dead phone or low battery causes many of us to freak out. In fact, it is when we have no signal, or no phone service where many of us begin to panic, feel stressed or as many would say, having smartphone separation anxiety. This does not only affect us in our personal world, but also in any learning environment. When cellphones are prohibited to use during class, we begin to worry because we can’t see it. This shows how this simple device has control of our lives.

    In addition, today there are apps for just about everything. Many iPhone users, including myself, use the phone to download apps and then using those apps on a daily basis. I know I mostly use my phone for things like Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, etc. In fact, sometimes I feel like I spend too much time on my phone and that it takes away from what I could be doing in the other aspects of life. In fact, the article mentioned a few steps on how to make your current iPhone into the iPhone that was meant to be put into the world. The most important of these steps, in my opinion would be to “remove from your smartphone any apps that make money from your attention” (Newport). Whether I am looking at something on the internet, Tweeting, Snapchatting, scrolling through Instagram, or Facebooking, I’m missing everything around me. For example, instead of appreciating the sunset in the actual sky, I’m looking at it on 20 people’s snapchat stories. For this reason, I agree with Newport when he states, “Once you’ve stripped away the digital chatter clamoring for your attention, your smartphone will return to something closer to the role originally conceived by Mr. Jobs.” In my opinion, although it may be impossible, this is exactly what we need in order to snap back into reality! Of course, smartphones are undeniably useful and have revolutionized our lives in so many ways. Thanks to thousands of apps available to download, it is so easy to become dependent on our phones. However, it seems a shame that these addictive pieces of mobile device is slowly beginning to have many profound effects of our lives. We are becoming more anti-social and allowing everything to be replaced by virtual spaces accessed through apps and the web! It is important to take this information into account because as technology becomes even more personalized, we will continue to grow even more reliant upon it.

  36. Luke Tyler February 8, 2019 at 7:55 pm #

    When reading the article, I began having this pessimistic feeling about my generation and where we are going. The future that Steve Jobs envisioned has been derailed by human nature. The iPhone was first released around 12 years ago with an initial purpose for completing minor tasks such as calls and providing directions, but the potential of the iPhone was beginning to be exploited by third party app developers. I would attribute most of the issues with phones today to the addition of social media applications available for download. With the popularity of Facebook and Twitter, access to these webpages via app allow a wider use of social sites. Also, with email services easy to use, phones made it virtually impossible to escape the office. When these social spheres overspill, issues begin to take hold in different areas of our lives. The attachment to social media causes younger children to become unfocused in school because an online presence is viewed as a priority and a phone enables this behavior. Easy access to social media has also made harder to avoid online negativity. There’s no coincidence that self-harm and depression has more than doubled in teenagers in these years where social media has become more popular.
    While online sites are mostly to blame, the iPhones still gave these companies the platform to allow this to happen. In my own personal experience, having a smartphone allowed me to check my grades constantly in between classes and it came to the point where the school would lock you out after a certain number of attempts. This is not the future that Jobs had pictured, but neither did many pioneers in the business industry. It is human nature to exploit new opportunities for the benefit of only themselves. Not only has the iPhone made social media sites become tech powerhouses, but smartphones have made personal addictions become an appendage. Through the app store one can now download casino and sports betting apps that make gambling online incredibly easy. Having access to a card games and slots on a handheld device detaches the users from their money and ultimately feeds an unhealthy addiction to those suffer from gambling. Detaching society from money causes more issues when items can easily be paid for with just the tap of a phone. The mobile computing industry is starting to look more like a slippery slope everyday with new additions to technology that is purposed so we maximize our time on devices. After all advertisers and online businesses all profit from when we open our news feed. Even though society knows that these technologies propose an issue we still are accepting it as our fate. Looking into the issue more I just wonder what Steve Jobs would say or do if he was still alive today. The only thing for certain is that we are far from the world that was first envisioned by him.

  37. Divyaa Sarin February 8, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

    When I first came across the title of this article, I envisioned what Steve Jobs face would look like to see how his invention dominated majority of the world today. He would feel extremely disappointed on how our generation is literally glued onto their phones. I can definitely advocate for this because my iPhone is my biggest distraction specifically, the social media apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook consume most of my time. The minute I wake up, I check my phone to see my notifications. The iPhone has become such a necessary part in all of our lives however, we tend to misuse the technology than for its original purpose.
    The iPhone was originally created to make our lives more beneficial and easier. Our economy likes products that are high in demand and supply. When Steve Jobs first came out with the iPhone first generation, it was originally $400 which was affordable for many people at the time. However, as the iPhone started coming out with more features, people had a higher demand, and eventually the price increased as well. Today, the iPhone is worth up to $1300! The iPhone is literally a portable computer which is why it’s very expensive, yet people continue buying the newest models because their lives depend on their phones. Once the App Store was created, there was an app available for anything! From storing your documents to checking balances of credit cards, the iPhone did really benefit the average individuals lives.
    Personally, I spend majority of time on my iPhone because it is so accessible when it comes to communicating with others or checking personal information. The iPhone does make my life so much easier however, I wish I wasn’t attached to it. By spending numerous hours on this little device, I continue to be distracted and not focus properly but instead, I am more consumed about the online social world. When I go out with my friends, we would rather be on our phones than have meaningful conversations. This phone ruins relationships. Since everything is now virtual, we would rather portray our emotions through emoji’s than in reality. Even though the iPhone is a huge success, we need to control how we use the phone!

  38. Daniel McNulty February 8, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

    In the article “Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This,” it is apparent that the idea that Steve Jobs originally had for the iPhone, is completely different than what is being sold to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Steve Jobs original idea for the iPhone was to make it a tool for people to listen to music, while also receiving phone calls. In his original intentions, the idea of having different apps was not even in the picture. Steve Jobs did not believe in, or trust outsider companies to be able to develop apps that would be up to par with the level of products that Apple programmers had been making. The iPhone was never meant to play such a huge part in our lives, rather enhance the abilities to do smaller activities such as making a phone call, or even getting directions. In today’s world, over ten years after the first iPhone, the role of this highly valued device is something that never leaves our side. iPhones have become our world, as we are constantly looking at them, whether it be social media, texting, etc. We have become so addicted to our cellular devices, that our world revolves around them, as many people can not even drive without opening up their phone. The amount of information that is accessible from these devices is an insurmountable amount, that can sometimes be looked at positively, but is truly a negative thing. This is due to the fact that as a society, we have become so reliant on these devices that we begin to not retain information and automatically open our phones and google whatever we are looking for. These products have gone from being used only for certain situations, to taking up a majority of our lives, making these products stray away from being a tool, and more of being a luxury item. Although this article only focuses on the negative aspects of having such an advanced iPhone, there are also many positives. The amount of different activities that can be done on this device is very high, from looking up information, to playing music, to setting an alarm, these devices can do it all. If we as a society are able to recognize that and not abuse it, the iPhone would become more of a tool as Steve Jobs had planned, rather than having our lives revolve around them.

  39. Lillie Moran February 14, 2019 at 3:11 pm #

    It is no contest that innovation in technology has caused dramatic changes in both the social lives of individuals, but also businesses. It is also no contest to say the Apple has been the company that has dominated the innovation of the cellphone; however, did Steve Jobs, the creator of the iPhone, intend for his innovation to dominate the world? In this New York Times article, the idea that Steve Jobs did not recognize the power of the iPhone seems almost naïve. Saying that a phone that now took calls, listening to music and being a portable GPS was not going to alter the culture at the time, is saying that the obvious is not obvious. At this time when Steve Jobs delivered his speech, a phone had never amounted to anything like this. Jobs took technology and innovated it to a new level. When the article mentioned his “minimalist” vision saying that the 2007 is almost “unrecognizable” and how it’s a shame seems almost hypocritical. Our entire society is shaped around the iPhone, which isn’t a shame. In reality, iPhone has expanded not only our economy, but has also introduced society to more ideas and opinions that may introduce conflict, but in a larger sense, broadens our understanding of each other. The model itself opened the doors to communication- now people can communicate whenever and wherever at more of a convenience than before. This leads to people communicating not only by phone calls, but also allowed for companies to develop social media, connecting virtually all people from all different backgrounds of life. The article argues that this “constant companion model” damages ourselves by making us focus primarily on activities we found more important before this technology, meaning we focus more on ways to benefit our economy rather than the people in it; however, when you benefit the economy as a whole, more people will be satisfied. Think about it as this: What is the average age kids now receive iPhones? A study shows that the average age a child receives his or her first smartphone is now around 10 years old. By doing this, we are not only expanding children’s minds, but we are also expanding their digital literacy. Because younger generations are now exposed to advanced technologies, this only means that innovation will increase in order to out-compete past smartphone models. This means that innovation as a whole will continue to increase, not only benefiting the economy, but also exposing people to the fact the technology is taking over our world, but is taking over our world for the benefit of everyone in it.

    Although the article does raise issues with how innovation primarily benefits only the economy, it also highlights one thing that we ought not forget when transitioning into a digitally-run world- we have to understand how the original iPhone was conceived in the eyes of Steve Jobs. I do agree with the statement that we must strip-away the apps that create clutter and chatter that distract and beg for your attention. As a society, we tend to focus too much power into social media where it now determines our every move. We get everything from political opinions to recipes from social media, but once we rely too much on social media to determine our lives, we tend to forget ourselves as professionals, and as people in general. The Apple company’s slogan “Think Different.”, is much more than just thinking differently in general, it expands to the idea that as our world is now slowly moving towards a digital life, we have to move with it. This does not mean totally forgetting about social media, because social media plays a role in our everyday lives, it means that we have to use this knowledge and progress more instead of thinking to the “original” designs.

  40. Viviana B February 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

    While reading this article, I continuously thought about my own experience with my iPhone and the increasing dependability I have acquired from it. Whenever I am out and realize my phone isn’t in my hand, the thought of losing it begins to make me nervous and I immediately start searching in my pockets and purse or asking those around me if they have seen my phone. If Steve Jobs were alive, he would probably wonder why I panic over losing an object that is just “a better version of the iPod”? The truth that Mr. Jobs would not have imagined is that that object basically holds my entire life. I would even argue that in a given situation, I would be more worried if I lost my iPhone rather than if I lost my wallet. While in my wallet I do carry valuables such as cash and credit cards, my iPhone also holds that and much more.
    On my iPhone device, I carry all my work emails, contacts’, and school information through different apps. I also have apps that can access all my bank accounts and credit cards via apple pay. My iPhone has the camera roll app full of memorable pictures I have taken throughout the years. In addition, my iPhone helps me keep up with a healthy lifestyle by providing me with fitness and meal apps that track my workouts and eating habits. Lastly, I have entertainment apps in which I can access my social media accounts, shop online, and even watch Netflix. If any person was to lose their iPhone, they would most likely agree that it would be very challenging to live without it. For example, when planning to spend the day in the city, we use our iPhone devices to provide us with details on where to eat, the expected weather, train schedules, traffic statuses, and top sight-seeing spots to just name a few. As a society, we have learned to rely on our devices to carry out simple tasks such as communicating and provide us with all the information we need.
    It’s not something new to hear that human’s dependability and reliance on their iPhone is increasing as generations continue. Today we see kids at only months of being born already playing on iPhone devices. Sometimes, I even feel as if kids know how to use their iPhones better than I know how to use mine. Families and friends go out to eat and instead of communicating verbally with each other, instead they prefer to stare at their phone screens the whole time. It seems as if one cannot assist an event or go through a life memorable moment without “snapping” or “instagraming” it. Although, this wasn’t Mr. Jobs’s intention in the fabrication of the iPhone, his invention accidentally turned out to be a controlling factor of humans’ lives today. Unfortunately, the advancement in technology is inevitable. It will continue to make it more challenging for humans to ever live a life using our iPhones in the intention they were first created, without all the additional apps and constant online connection. The iPhone turned out to be a device that is much more superior to the basic iPod, essentially impacting humans greatly.

  41. Justin Rahl February 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    I believe Steve Job’s original intention with the first iPhone was one with good intent, but ultimately short minded with how people view convenience. As mentioned in the article from Steve Job’s first debut about the iPhone, it’s an iPod that can play music, which in itself pushed forward the already established convenience of an iPod. People are always looking for how to make their lives easier in any way possible, regardless of the actual impact it may bring. To think that the iPhone wouldn’t expand on the convenience it already brought is very short-minded in my opinion. I do however agree with the idea of not needing instant gratification from social media. I personally use social media to stay up to date with song artists release dates that I am interested and minor forms of entertainment in between class sessions or taking a break. I have never really seen the point in needing to let everyone electronically attached to you know your activities on a daily basis. Of course knowing that people like what you are doing makes you feel good, but it does not serve any long term goal as far as I am aware of. So in the aspect that getting rid of those forms of apps, at least limiting the usage of them is a good idea, it still does not prove to be realistic with the convenience these apps bring.
    I would also agree with the point Keegan Sullivan makes in regards to the opportunities having your phone nearby provides. It’s unrealistic to think if you started changing the way most people go about their days that people would follow along of it meant making things more complicated than they already are. The next person in line would be able to hop on whatever opportunity was provided to them if the person before them was focused on limiting their accessibility. People may exaggerate their level of accessibility due to the fact they have a device the size of inches that can complete a task on the spot without problem. Compared to the time where a particular person would have to be at a particular spot such as at their work computer to accomplish the same task.
    In most cases I would say having your phone being able to accomplish a multitude of tasks is a good thing more than a bad thing. Yes of course their comes the argument of balancing needs from wants, but the balance can only affect the usage of the iPhone by so much.
    Overall, yes the iPhone has well surpassed Steve Job’s original plans he envisioned, but that does not mean it is a bad thing. The iPhone has brought a multitude of conveniences to people and continues to improve upon them every day. Not all the apps that third parties provide are good, but a generally high amount of them provide more opportunities that people would not have before they came around.

  42. Alison Schwerthoffer February 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

    It is hard to imagine that at the beginning of the iPhone craze it was just thought to be an “iPod that made phone calls” (Newport par. 5). Clearly, in todays society, that is far from what an iPhone is or what it is used for. With the apps and internet available on iPhones now, it is definitely used for more than just calling. iPhones are people’s personal assistants, personal trainers, social media consultants, and some may even say that iPhones are some men and women best friends.
    iPhones have come very far in the past decade and it is interesting that this was not the vision that Steve Jobs wanted. I always assumed that this is what the CEO and company of Apple wanted from the start, but after reading this article I could not have been farther from the truth. The most shocking statement that popped out at me was that at first Jobs did not want an App Store for his phones. In todays society, IPhones would not be nearly as popular as they are if they didn’t come with an App Store and the limitless amount of apps that are available. Sitting on a subway, or walking down the street everyone always has their heads down and their eyes are glued to their phones. They are all either texting or on one of the countless social media apps. The article makes an interesting point that maybe it would be better if the vision that Steve jobs had for the iPhone actually came true.
    We all have been guilty of using our iPhones and the internet and social media too much, even if you may think you don’t. Instead of talking to one another we will text through iMessage or direct message through social media apps. Today, there is a gap in the face to face interaction that we all used to have. Some may even say that iPhone’s ruined the Generation Z and Millennial generations because they rely so heavily on their smart devices. While iPhones and the countless uses that are available on iPhones can be very beneficial and make users lives easier in ways, I agree with the author in that Steve jobs original idea for iPhones may not have been so bad to achieve.

  43. Nicholas Meyerback February 21, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

    Our phones have evolved into a looming entity that dictates our course of action. With the amount we use them, they have turned into appendages. As a result, they are as important as our hands. It has become completely normal to spend an entire day, every day, using your iPhone. From dusk to dawn we are preoccupied with our digital companion and the only break comes when we sleep.

    How did we get to this point? Well, believe it or not Steve Jobs didn’t intend for his greatest innovation to be used like this. The original iPhone embodied the closest product, in terms of use, to what Jobs wanted. The original iPhone is what the iPhone should be: a tool. Minimalist in nature, the good was supposed to occupy the function of a cellphone with a few convenient features. Its main draw was that it was essentially an iPod that you could make calls and text on. Although the iPhone Is permanently linked to the internet today, it surprisingly wasn’t the main attraction of the original model. Internet access was groundbreaking at the time, but it wasn’t the point of the phone. What made the first iPhone so different was the absence of an App Store.

    The App Store allowed third parties to sell users additional functions. The significance of the App Store is that it created an industry of distracting people. Every app available for free or for purchase in the App Store is meant to keep you on your phone for as long as possible. Most free apps use this business model. To generate revenue, free apps sell advertisements that appear on-screen. Some advertisements appear for a set duration of time (Ex. YouTube’s free version) and some require the user to exit the advertisement manually before disappearing. The longer you stay on an app the more advertisements you will see and the more money the app will make. Purchasable apps do the same thing. Many of them only offer the freedom from advertisements of their free counterpart. Others get away with a price because they know how much time a user is willing to spend in their established platform, which is tied to a perceived value. For example, there is an abundance of apps that offer investing tools that can easily be used for hours on end in exchange for a set price. This process is why our phones are addicting. The fact of the matter is that addiction is lucrative. What entices people is something that is seen as necessary (various utility Apps) or something that entertains (games and social media). As a result, social media giants like Facebook and Twitter are gaining a tighter grip on young peoples’ lives because of their addictive nature. Likewise, they have successfully created a superficial culture based on a constant attachment to smartphones. This attachment is why today iPhones are arguably in more control than the user.

  44. Daniel Gibson March 1, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

    Steve jobs changed the way of smartphones too fast. Having a cellphone as a kid was a privilege growing up. If you had the newest smartphone like the lg chocolate or blackberry forget about it. Then came the iPhone which change the game completely. My mom first got one back in 2008 when I was just in 3rd grade. I almost thought of it more off a toy, because I would play the games on it. Other than that, it seemed like a great device for the future, because it was so simple. It turns out now in 2019 that it isn’t as simple as it used to be. Steve jobs main purpose of the iPhone was to just combine phone, iPod, and internet all together. This way, all those devices are together in just your hand. The problems are that we took advantage of such a perfect device and made it necessary for humans to thrive in life. The interface of the iPhone was designed for anyone to be able to learn easily. This is what separated it form its competition, and made its business explode.
    Apple knew that if they wanted to continue to grow, it would have to improve the phone and that’s exactly what they did. The problem today is that there having problems trying to find ways to make it any better. The current newest iPhone, the XR, is something we could have never guessed in the past two decades. Oh, how times have changed. I think the biggest problem is how the iPhone effects people with socializing. Instead of saying hi to someone, people decide to bury their faces into their phone and ignore real life. The iPhone has basically become away for people to use it as an excuse to ignore what’s important. I’d also like to point out the fact that iPhone is becoming a must, if you iMessage for group chats. I remember when I had Galaxy S5, and I thought it was a great phone. Everything was a perfect and it did everything the iPhone did, so what was the problem. The answer is because it wasn’t an iPhone. Apple designed their own messages software iMessage which made it annoy people texting from a non-iPhone. Social media, constant internet access, or a few facetimes calls are taken advantage of now. In the end, it really all about how people choose to use it. Steve jobs would have never saw this coming, other wise I’m pretty sure he would have made changes.

  45. Aidan Nathaniel Clee March 1, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

    This article is written under “opinion” for a reason and this is very opinionated, and I would have to disagree with the majority of the article. The author cites the video to the original speech in which he quotes Steve Jobs from, but he goes in and takes lines out of context of their original intent. It feels like he went back into with his mind already decided and picked stuff to fit his idea rather then look and see if that’s what was really being said. If you were to even read the comments on the article it is mention that Apple used, “The Internet in Your Pocket”, as the first slogan when they were marketing the first iPhone. So right away clearly there was either a disconnect between the marketing department and Steve Jobs or they were actually very insistent on the fact that this phone had the internet which would make this articles opinion invalid.
    If I were to interject my opinion on the topic, I would say that yes, the iPhone is intended as a tool and it is a tool, but the issue lies just in people’s addiction to it. There are plenty of people I know who use their iPhone as just a tool and don’t let it dictate their entire life. I love it when I see the people that don’t pull out their phones at concerts to record and just listen and sing and enjoy the moment. I think people need to be more educated about the fact that they have a problem when it comes to iPhone addiction.
    Another issue is going to be with this upcoming generation that’s being raised on phones. Limits need to be set, and the problems of smartphone addiction need to be taught so people are aware. My parents didn’t hand me a smartphone until I was in eighth grade, so I learned to socialize as a child and then going into high school they got Samsung and then my sophomore year of high school I got my first iPhone. My parents slowly brought me up and made sure I was at the maturity level necessary. Most kids I see these days are handed a phone before they are even a teenager. I was a babysitter for 8-year-old twins and they both had an iPhone of their own.
    Overall, I don’t agree with the article saying that Steve Jobs and Apple didn’t intend for the iPhone to have these kinds of life changing effects, but I do agree that regardless of what they wanted there is now a problem that has to be solved.

  46. Stephanie F. March 7, 2019 at 11:05 pm #

    Little did I know the impact that IPhones would have over a decade later after their initial release. I was not a smartphone user until 2013, when smartphones were starting to take over nearly the entire cell phone market. A huge part of me wishes that I did not have to jump onto the smartphone phenomenon. There was a culture made for the necessity of smartphones, and nearly everybody you see walking to class, to work, and sadly even when driving, has a smart phone on them. The closest I had to owning an Apple product before the IPhones were IPod touches and other IPod products. I couldn’t even imagine having a phone that could also play music and use internet features without wifi. When I wanted to use the internet, I had to wait until I got home to use my laptop or use any sort of technology that required the internet. Now, IPhones are able to do everything that a laptop and IPod can and even beyond that.

    Having this technology is fantastic, it even feels like it is too good to be true, but I cannot help but feel like we abuse our smartphones. As stated in the article, smartphones were not supposed to be relied upon for constant twenty-four hour use. They were supposed to be a tool to compliment business inquiries and be a convenient piece of technology to use when needed. Now, they are implemented in our daily lives for constant use. There is a reliance made on smart phones now and in my opinion, I do not think this reliance is good at all. Of course, I am in no way innocent of these claims either but, in recent years I have started to become more and more conscience of my phone usage.

    There is nothing more disturbing to me than going out to eat and seeing families or an entire group of friends sitting on their phones and not communicating with each other at all. I believe the implementation of smartphones in our daily lives have really hindered our social capabilities. I have observed that people are afraid of face-to-face interactions and prefer to communicate through text messaging. Not only that, but smartphones have made us impatient. There is this need to be constantly distracted by something. This is especially apparent now in driving, during stoplights people tend to take out their phones, just waiting for the light to turn green. This is a serious problem as it distracts drivers and can cause accidents on the road.

    I have touched upon more negatives than the positives but I truly do believe smartphones have impacted us more negatively than positively. Smartphones allow us to save time by researching, watching videos, communication with a friend all at the touch of a finger, but at the cost of losing some of our basic social abilities. This is certainly not the world that Steve Jobs wanted to create with his invention. He wanted the world to be able to connect faster with each other and with much more ease than ever before, not to hide from society. Although the intent was good, smartphones have completely changed our society and will continue to change it for the years to come.

  47. Cameron Lindley March 8, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

    This is a topic that tears me in both ways; if only Steve Jobs were here today. I can’t imagine what the iPhone would be, though not to discredit Tim Cook and his team, they’ve done a remarkable job. Nonetheless, our smartphones are absolutely vital for basic functionality in the world today. I could not imagine, nor do I want to, living in this world without my phone. With that being said, we as a whole still use our phones too much. One of my biggest social critiques per the last couple of months, is that when I’m with a group of people, they engage more with their phone than they do the people around them. What’s the point of even coming to socialize if you are in fact not going to engage?

    Not to take away from the value of our phones, that is why I am so torn on this subject. On one hand we need our phones for daily functionality, but on the other we have quite frankly become addicted to them, which is ironically not healthy socially. In concluding, we must minimize phone usage in order that we don’t lose touch with the things around us, especially our friends.

  48. Niall El-Adawy April 8, 2019 at 3:13 am #

    In 2007, Steve Jobs stood on stage of a keynote that would change modern day living forever. He introduced the iPhone: the pocket computer waiting to happen–but that was not the vision that Jobs had for the iPhone. Jobs’ vision for the phone was an enhanced version of the phones we had been so used to, used for the same things as they were used for before: phone calls, text messaging, and navigation. A decade has passed and jobs’ vision is no longer in sight. Instead, third party apps have taken over the app store, a feature that wasn’t even included with the original iPhone.
    The beginning of the end of jobs’ vision started when third party apps began to appear in the app store. Apps such as Instagram Facebook, and Snapchat grew in popularity quickly, offering people a source of entertainment and a way to kill time all from their smart phone. The problem that arose is instead of a way to kill time, these apps became a lifestyle. Nowadays, people and their phones are inseparable. Apps rule the world, and if you don’t post something, it never happened. It is sad that Steve Jobs’ simple vision for the iPhone grew out of hand so quickly, and while there may have been great things that have come from what Jobs put in place, our phones have become a necessity instead of a luxury, and that lays a dangerous path to walk on in the future.

  49. Dean Elnagar April 12, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

    In today’s world, people don’t use phones, phones use people. From texting to social media, phones have taken control of our lives. It was never meant to be this way. The iPhone was meant to be “an iPod that makes phone calls”. The app store wasn’t even introduced when the first iPhone released and Steve Jobs was actually fully against the app store. Just imagine for a second what phones would be like today if there was never an app store. Apps like Snapchat and Instagram are a huge reason as to why people are so attached to their phones. I myself am also guilty of checking Instagram or Twitter at least 3-5 times a day. It’s just the world we live in now. People have even stopped carrying a wallet around because they could just use their phone’s mobile pay to buy everything. We have all become so dependent of our phones and it shows in the way we communicate with each other. For example, more often than not, a person would much rather send a text or email to someone instead of talking to them on the phone or meeting with them in person. We have become more and more uncomfortable with human contact and a big reason for it is our addiction to our phones. It has now become a norm for people to send a text over a phone call. I feel that it would be good practice for everyone to limit the amount of time a day they are on their phones. Also we could all improve our communication skills a lot more if we just made more phone calls instead of texts. If you are someone that is heading into the business world, communication is a skill that you need to have up to par and even something as little as making a phone call could improve your communication skills.

  50. Ramon Roots April 12, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

    Apple has elevated into a powerhouse in the electronic industry. It is amazing how cell phones have continue to get better and more useful over time. Just think about what we use our phone for in today’s society. We use our phone to not only talk and text but also for games, social media apps, pay bills, etc. We do not live in a world of house and flip phones anymore. In this day and age, everyone wants to get that new IPhone. A lot of people do not just stop with just getting an IPhone though. Some might get another apple product or just another smartphone. Apple has seemed to truly pave the way for other smartphones. The way the new Iphone X works is that it unlocks your phone by using face recognition. That is incredible for a phone to even consist of an hardware that powerful. The first couple IPhones used passcodes and had a home button. It is crazy how now phones are becoming so high-tech. Phones today create a way where you can not only take videos and pictures, but you can also add special effects to them. With these high definition cameras, phones today be having pictures looking so clear and vivid that it almost looks professionally taken. Apple has truly took over since 2007 and I don’t think Steve Jobs could ever imagine this.

    This article just reminded me how phones have become our whole life. We take our phone everywhere and tend to feel awkward without it. Phones are being used as calculators , gps systems, radios, and a lot of other things. They are much like mini computers. It is simply amazing how IPhones changed the narrative of a regular phone.

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