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Who remembers the first iPhone?I mean, this was 2007, George W. Bush was still in office.

It was January 9th, 2007, that Steve Jobs unleashed his most (arguably) influential form of technology that changed modern society and the way we interact with computers and screens on a daily basis. There was plenty else in the mix that has changed and not all in part due to the iPhone, but seriously stop and think for a moment, what if it never came to be? What if Apple just stuck to Computers and iPods and never took them elsewhere? 

Contemplating that, I wonder if today’s iPhone would be approved by Mr. Jobs’ standards? Or if it would be somewhere else in its own evolution? Hell, or if there would be something new or different altogether.

Before the iPhone,

we were used to mobile phones (they were dumb then, not smart) that had buttons, phones that flipped open, and some came with a stylus, like the beloved Crackberry (first introduced to market in 1999). But that’s a whole other article.

The iPhone has not always been at the head of the pack these days, sometimes even struggling to keep up. However, I don’t want to take this article into a pessimistic rant about how I’m unsure of the future of Apple, or how I’ve worried from the day that Steve Jobs died; so I’m just taking it as a stroll down memory lane. Remembering the predecessors to today’s iPhone 11 Pro Max and how all the features that keep getting crammed into these tiny computers we carry around.

Side note, the first OS for iPhone was originally OSX. It operated on the same system, but shortly was realized to be its own beast and was born iPhone OS, then 4 years later came iOS (4).

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Other side note, I must say, I’m really into the Midnight Green color option, so so good, they took a cue from the fashion world. Deep hues of green, I always attribute that color to Lanvin (know your references kids). If you’re an artist, you probably think Hooker’s Green or perhaps Phthalo Green. 

 

iPhone 1

(Pictured above) The first incarnation did not do much, compared to the device you now hold today. (Unless somehow you still have an operating 1, in which case that probably belongs in a museum.) But it did break everyone's idea on what a phone was and could be...

And it only came in one color.

selfie/Facetime

Only 1 camera, on the back, no video anything, well, that didn't involve itunes. But certainly no Facetime, Instastories, Snapchat, nope, nothing like that yet.

APP STORE

You want what? There was no app store. You only had what Apple wanted to give you. The very first version, you couldn't even rearrange the apps. It was not until the next generation that the App store came to be and third party apps became more readily available.

SIRI

Siri, who? There was no Siri, speak to text, spelling correction, auto detect, anything like that. So basically you had to type really carefully and if your hands were too big or drunk, you were S.O.L.

Big Business

To think about all the subsequent things that have come from the iPhone as well is a bit astounding. So many new companies have been birthed because of the strong impact the iPhone has made and its popularity.

The plethora of apps and major companies that might not be around, if not for the inception of iPhone. Think Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare, delivery, etc. options there are now and ways to rent a house or go on vacation. To shopping apps, tech apps, social media apps and companies and the list goes on.

Then there’s accessories for your phone like cases, screen protectors, insurance, cameras, lights, attachments, pop sockets, holders, car gadgets and ugh… you get the point. What a monumental impact this creation has had on our society and how’s shaped us to where we are now and our trajectory into the future.

My hats off to you, Mr. Jobs.


Below, I’ve included a gallery (of sorts) of all things iPhone inspired by my world or art and design. All the links are to products that I’ve created, so feel free to check ’em out, maybe even be compelled to buy something. (wink. wink.)

And to all you new iPhone 11 Pro Max or whoevers, NO, I don’t have cases for those yet. Soon I hope.

2020 Is Around The Corner

I’m constantly editing… when the moment of inspiration comes, I have to take advantage of it. This list is what came from the muse this morning.

Just from one song, I pulled together this “set” of current things I’m listening to as well as some dusty stuff from the closet. I’ll probably edit it more later and add or subtract, but let me know what you think or if there are some things you think would work in there.


What do think should be added to this list? Or removed?

Feel free to ask a question or simply leave a comment.



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B&O BRAND POWER

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As an avid consumer of beautifully designed objects, often I go through many stages in my decision making process of whether or not I want to bring an article into my home.

Diving a bit deeper into my knowledge of the Bang & Olufsen  brand and heritage. I can say that I have been won over…

When it comes to Bang and Olufsen branding, one thing has always been clear – the company lives for design, innovation, and function. When building their brand, the company knew that they needed to showcase their unique values and purpose in everything they do, which is why every aspect of the B&O identity continues to be so iconic today.

Just look at the unmistakable design of the Bang and Olufsen logo for instance. The sans-serif font gives this almost century-old brand a modern feel, while the grey colour evokes thoughts of luxury, sophistication, and innovation. One particularly effective element in the design is the way the characters are situated. The “B” seems almost upside down, which indicates that this company has turned the audio world around, while the overall “neat” composition of the logo show’s the brand’s devotion to domesticated aesthetics.

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“With the A9 I wanted to make a timeless classic something which is beautiful from all angles in all times. A9 was inspired by sound and by music. The shape is a circle and the reason why choose a circle is because the sound travels in circles. The A9 is made out of very few elements which are used as much as possible and crafted in the best materials; high quality wood high quality plastics high quality aluminium and a very good fabric.”

Øivind Alexander Slaatto, Beoplay A9 Designer ​

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One thing I really enjoy about Bang & Olufsen as a brand is their inclusion of  the non-heteronormative dialogue that has finally been gaining positive momentum in mainstream culture. They are sharing the stories of real life people in very matter of fact way. I love how effortless and genuine their thinking is; there isn’t a big to-do about it, it’s just natural.

Bang & Olufsen approach their marketing in a fresh, modern way of thinking. They bring a common, everyday tone that doesn’t boast anything they aren’t already known for. They also don’t ‘pride’ themselves too much. 

Other major brands and retailers should take note and adopt a similar strategy. Instead of hopping on the gay pride bandwagon (as so many brands have done this year) by slapping on a rainbow on a product or just using its colors for convenient placement. 

I suspect the current fad and trying to cash in on the hype will only last the month of June. Only acknowledging a specific community for one month out of the year is just a bit condescending to me. We are not just a holiday, we are everyday.  

Bang & Olufsen have, whether intentional or not (but my guess it was intentional), have charmingly evoked what might not be a normal lifestyle for most, but is normal for a fair amount of the population. 

By featuring a neutral tone on gender and sexuality, they’ve made it a non-thing, they’ve made it a people thing. They have aimed the focus on style, design, and beauty. It’s inclusive and endearing. 

My only criticism would be to include more people of color. Though being a brand from Denmark, I can only assume this is most likely the reasoning for not doing so.

B&O Beoplay A9

Carolyne and Laura, an international creative couple currently living in New York. They open up their beautiful home, rich in character, with B&O. 

Watch their story “Calm, Cool, Collected” below…
Beoplay A9

Beoplay A9

The A9 is designed and crafted like a beautiful piece of furniture with a careful selection of materials and a great attention to detail. The days of wanting to hide your bulky black stereo are over. No matter where you choose to place the A9, it's going to look beautiful.

Stream wirelessly via AirPlay, Google Cast, DLNA or Bluetooth. Built-in access to streaming services. An incredible 480 watts of powerful sound. Intuitive touch control. Beolink Multiroom technology.

DESIGNER
Øivind Alexander Slaatto.


SPECIFICATIONS

DIMENSIONS
On stand Diameter x height x footprint 70.1 x 90.8 x 41.5 cm 27.6 x 35.8 x 16.3 in;
on wall Diameter x depth 70.1 x 21.3 cm 27.6 x 8.4 in.

WEIGHT
15 kg (incl. legs) 14.2 kg (without legs) 33.1 lbs (incl. legs) 31.5 lbs (without legs).

COLOUR
Smoked Oak

MATERIALS
Wood, Fabric, Aluminium and Plastic.

POWER CONSUMPTION
Typical 23 watts Standby 0.4 watts

FREQUENCY
33.1 - 25.000 Hz

POWER AMPLIFIERS
1 x 160 watt class D for bass
2 x 80 watt class D for midrange
2 x 80 watt class D for treble

DRIVER UNITS
1 x 8' woofer
2 x 3" midrange
2 x 3/4" tweeters.
1 x USB iPod/iPhone/iPad connector
1 x Line-in
1 x Ethernet.
WLAN - 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz)

STREAMING SERVICES
Apple AirPlay
DLNA wireless streaming
Bluetooth 4.0
Google Chromecast


Bang & Olufsen has never been one to shy away from intriguing design, and the Beoplay A9 is no different. This AirPlay-capable speaker stands out among other speakers with its unique circular shape that also doubles as a volume control, and TrustedReviews calls the A9's design "minimalist in styling yet attention grabbing in its shape." Its round form houses five speakers that create a sound t-break refers to as "mesmerizing," with TrustedReviews being pleased with "the quality of its sound reproduction." The Beoplay A9 avoids the 'form over function' cliché by not only looking modern and interesting, but by also providing an enjoyable audio experience

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Bang & Olufsen A/S is a Denmark-based company engaged in the design, development and marketing of audio and video equipment. The Company supplies primarily music systems, loudspeakers, television sets and multimedia products. Its activities are divided into two business areas: Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B). The B2C area includes two segments: audiovisual (AV), offering audio and video products sold under the Bang & Olufsen brand; and B&O PLAY, which delivers stand-alone, portable products. The B2B business area also consists of Automotive segment, which comprises development, production and sale of sound systems for a range of cars, such as Aston Martin, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Furthermore, the Company is parent of Bang & Olufsen Group, which operates worldwide.

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