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2012/116/1 Mobile phone and packaging, Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB, plastic / metal / glass / electronic components / paper, designed by Sir Jonathan Ive and the Apple Industrial Design group, California, United States of America, made for Apple Inc by Foxconn, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 2008. Click to enlarge.

Apple 3GS iPhone designed by Sir Jonathan Ive and the Apple Industrial Design group

Designed
The Apple iPhone 3G is the second smart phone device from Apple Inc. The first Apple iPhone was introduced to the North American market in June 2007 amid much hype, fanfare and speculation. The development of the Apple iPhone was a collaboration commencing in 2005 between Apple Inc. and AT&T. Apple was well positioned to develop a new mobile computing device with their prior experience of the Apple 'Newton' in the early 1990s - a product that was conceivably ahead of its time.

Apple is notoriously secretive about its product development and stategies and so any statements regarding their motives are postulation - the following included. The development of the iPhone was prompted by the displacement and decline of the iPod as other manufacturers introduced the functionality of a portable media player to their mobile phones in the years following the introduction of the iPod (2001). This persuaded Apple Inc. to adapt the technological developments of their touch screen (that was to be applied to something like an iPad) to the production of a smart phone device - a move that would accelerate the redundancy of the iPod but replace it with a versatile Apple mobile product.

Whatever their motive the Apple iPhone has been an enormously successful product in both sales volumes and recognition of its innovations - in particular the iPhone touch screen, replacing a physical keypad with small display, offered a greater viewable surface and became a feature copied by all other mobile device manufacturers.

The iPhone helped sustain the rapid growth of Apple Inc. through the late 2000s following on from the success of the iPod and Apple stores. It became a platform for third party developed applications which only served to increase its appeal, acceptance and adoption.

Campbell Bickerstaff, 2012

A smartphone is also a very powerful computer in a very small package. It gives the user access to apps that perform complex calculations with just a few finger taps. This Apple 3GS iPhone was designed in the USA and made in China in 2008. Like other digital computers, it uses integrated circuits (chips) and software to do calculations that were once done using pencil and paper (perhaps with the help of printed tables of numbers), slide rules, or calculators equipped with gears, pinwheels, vacuum tubes or transistors.

Debbie Rudder

Summary

Object No.

2012/116/1

Object Statement

Mobile phone and packaging, Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB, plastic / metal / glass / electronic components / paper, designed by Sir Jonathan Ive and the Apple Industrial Design group, California, United States of America, made for Apple Inc by Foxconn, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 2008

Physical Description

Mobile phone and packaging, Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB, plastic / metal / glass / electronic components / paper, designed by Sir Jonathan Ive and the Apple Industrial Design group, California, USA, made for Apple Inc by Foxconn, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 2008

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB mobile phone with original packaging and leaflets. The phone has an upper surface of glass which includes the embedded touch sensitive surface, a button to return to home and a slot with speaker mounted under. A slim chrome finished bezel surrounds the glass and a black plastic moulded rear pane finishes the back. The Apple logo is embedded in this plastic and the product's identity, capacity, design, manufacture and other data are printed beneath. There is a small camera lens through the rear top left, an on / off Sleep / Wake button top right, ring / silent switch left side top and volume control beneath that. There is a ear phone phono plug access on the top left and a charge / data multi pin slot on the bottom.

Original packaging for the Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB mobile phone consisting of black rectangular box and support.

Product information consisting of black paper fold-out wallet containing two lealfets and one sheet of stickers. One leaflet is titled 'Important Product Information Guide' and the other is titled 'Finger Tips'. The stickers are the Apple logo.

Dimensions

Height

115 mm

Width

62 mm

Depth

12 mm

Production

Made

Notes

The iPhone was designed by Apple in California. Parts for the Apple iPhone come from various manufacturers around the world. The iPhone is assembled in China. Current (2012) production figures for the iPhone are around 30 million per quarter however the adoption of smartphones using the Android (Google) open source platform, introduced in 2009, outpace this at 80 million units per quarter.

History

Notes

This particular iPhone was purchased by the Museum and used by various employees of the Museum until withdrawn from active service due to failure around 2010.

Source

Credit Line

Ex museum stock, 2012

Acquisition Date

25 September 2012

Cite this Object

Harvard

Apple 3GS iPhone designed by Sir Jonathan Ive and the Apple Industrial Design group 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 April 2021, <https://ma.as/456828>

Wikipedia

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