The Evolution of the Smartphone: Then and Now

In modern society, technology grows and changes by leaps and bounds. Look no further than the smartphone in your pocket to witness a device that’s completely alien to its equivalent from merely five years ago. The features, capabilities and uses of our devices are totally different from the earliest smartphones. They’ve clearly evolved, and in some surprising ways.

Early Days of the Smartphone

IBM was the first company to unveil a prototype smartphone in 1992. The Simon Personal Communicator didn’t take off as intended, selling only 50,000 units in six long months. While it sported an LCD touchscreen it was monochrome, which wasn’t a great selling point at a staggering $1,100 asking price. In order to shave some of the expensive costs of using cellular networks, you could use a phone cable to make calls via landline. It only had a battery life of about an hour to boot, but it was the most advanced phone on the market for its time.

Rise of the iPhone

Much of the way modern smartphones today exist is due greatly in part to the iPhone. Launched in 2007, the concept of apps was a revolutionary way to increase a device’s capabilities with the click of a button. With two SKUs of a 4gb model at $499 and an 8gb model costing $599, it put a powerful device in the hands of consumers.

Smartphones and Cyber Security

With today’s smartphones, we have access to just about everything our laptops and computers can do at the tip of our fingers at all times. While this is an extraordinary luxury, it also comes with some drawbacks.

Companies are more wary than ever at the prospect of data theft and foreign surveillance due to these powerful devices. Some employers have adopted a Bring Your Own Device policy at their company, while others choose to bite the cost and supply employees with work equipment and phones. Malware can be placed easily on many devices, which can jeopardize many massive operations.

To explore more of how modern smartphones have changed over the years, please view the infographic below: