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The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant
Little, Brown and Company Kindle  ISBN/ITEM#: 031654616X
Date: 15 June 2017

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We love design sagas, and the iPhone's is as tough a slog as any we've seen. Second in it's trio of flatscreen firsts, from pod to pad, there's little question that was the most significant device this century, and probably for a decade or so before that. But creating tyhe iPhone was a grueling task, and this is the story of just how hard it was.

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"The One Device is a tour de force, with fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight." -Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk


"A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again." -Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted

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.

(Source: Little, Brown and Company)

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