Picture an iPhone in your mind. OK, now picture any other smartphone
out there. Visualize this other smartphone until you have a really clear
image of it. Got it? OK, good.
My guess is that whichever smartphone you pictured—regardless of the
brand or manufacturer—it has a touchscreen, a built-in accelerometer,
and rows of glassy-looking icons with a wallpaper photo behind them. I
also bet that you flick the screen with your finger to move through your
photos, right? Even though it’s not an iPhone, it still works and even
looks like an iPhone.
Apple did it so right when they introduced the original iPhone that
nearly every new smartphone or tablet that comes out today is just
another copy of what Apple has already done. But there’s an excitement
around the iPhone and iPad that no other smartphone or tablet manufacturer
has been able to capture.
What sets iOS apart is the apps. Apps are it. They’re “it.” And while
other smartphones and tablets now have some apps, too, they’re not iOS
apps, and neither the developers nor the end users of those other apps
are rewarded like the people who design, and use, iOS apps.
The iPhone itself is a beautifully designed piece of technology. So is
the iPad. Hold either of them in your hand and you can’t help but like
it. But it’s the apps that make you fall in love. Everybody’s iPhone or
iPad has basic apps on it—Calendar, Maps, Weather, Calculator, and so
on—but once you start adding third-party apps, it becomes your iPhone.
Your iPad. It’s personal because your apps reflect your life, your personality,
and your passions. Apps have changed how we live our lives,
how we run our businesses, and what we do in our free time. Imagine
how powerful you would be if you could create apps that touch people,
empower them, engage them, let them create and communicate in ways
they never knew before.