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The One Device : The Secret History of the iPhone

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The secret history of the invention that changed everything- and became the most profitable product in the world. Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to "the one device," as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation. This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious "suicide factories." It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets. The One Device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 29mm | 537g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • BANTAM PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0593078411
  • 9780593078419
  • 20,165

About Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant is an editor at Motherboard, VICE's science and technology outlet, the founder/editor of its online fiction outlet Terraform, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, Slate, VICE Magazine, Salon, FastCompany, Discovery, GOOD, Paste and Grist as well as on the front pages of Reddit, Digg and Slashdot.show more

Review quote

"Merchant tells a far richer story than I - having covered Apple for years as a journalist - have seen before." -- Lev Grossman * New York Times * "Brian Merchant is a lovely writer... formidable... fascinating." -- Hugo Rifkind * The Times * "A remarkable tale... the story it tells is compelling, even addictive - almost as addictive as the iPhone itself" * The Wall Street Journal * "Delivers its quota of compelling anecdotes... Merchant's investigations have great depth... I have no doubt this book will fly off the shelves." * Evening Standard * "Brian Merchant's The One Device dives deep into the making of Apple's iPhone on its 10th anniversary, and [analyses] the implications of this worldchanging innovation." -- Andrew Hill * FT Business Book of the Year 2017 *show more

Review Text

"Merchant tells a far richer story than I - having covered Apple for years as a journalist - have seen before." Lev Grossman New York Timesshow more

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541 ratings
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5 27% (145)
4 42% (227)
3 25% (135)
2 6% (30)
1 1% (4)
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