It was the worst kept tech secret of all time; and though everyone knew it was coming, no one predicted how the iPhone would change the world. 11 years after its launch, Apple is now poised to become the first ever $1T company.
While people published rumors and others guessed at design, buyers began to camp outside stores days in advance to snag a $600 device they’d never seen. Before its release, the hype for an Apple-devised phone was off the scale. It even garnered the nickname the “Jesus phone” — or “iPhone”. Some felt it would be miraculous, while most believed it could in no way live up to the hype.
It wasn’t the first time in tech history a frenzy was create over a new device. The first whispers came in the summer of 1944: a Hungarian inventor living in Argentina had created something sensational. On the day of its release, New Yorkers “trampled on another” in 1945 to buy the first commercially available ballpoint pens, where they paid the equivalent of $175 in today’s