This week, June 29th, will mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone, not 10 years since it was first introduced, because we saw it for the first time in January 2007, but 10 years since it went on sale. As a result, The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting interview with three of the architects of that first iPhone: Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie .
We all know the former from the design of iOS and its disastrous departure from Apple after the release of iOS 6, and the latter from the design of the iPhone and iPod, more in terms of hardware than anything else. Greg Christie however is not as well known, but he is the creator of some of the most brilliant ideas of iOS and that we use every day without noticing: slide to unlock, the SMS in the form of conversations, the Music app, the address book…
The first thing that stands out in this video is the reason and the impulse to create an iPhone , according to Scott Forstall were two factors that made it so:
And yes, at the beginning they were planning to launch an iPhone with the classic Click Wheel of the iPod, Tony Fadell tells us, although we’ve already seen it in some prototypes:
As Scott Forstall and Greg Christie point out, creating the iPhone interface was not easy at all , Steve Jobs didn’t think any of the user interface team designs were good enough:
Finally, it is curious the reaction of Steve Jobs when seeing the final user interface z that later came out with the iPhone, Greg Christie tells it as follows: