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It was 20 years ago

It was 20 years ago:

  • The affair between President Bill Clinton and White House Intern Monica Lewinsky came to light. Bill later infamously said 'I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky'
  • An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan killed more than 5,000 people
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned after 44 years of service

In the sport and entertainment worlds:

  • The 1998 Winter Olympics were held in Nagano, Japan
  • Titanic became the first film to gross US$1 billion
  • The Stade de France officially opened in Paris Saint-Denis
  • Construction of Millennium Dome, later to become the O2 began
  • Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and footballs David Beckham announced their engagement

In the tech and science worlds:

  • The first BBC news site was launched
  • Delegates from 150 industrial nations attended a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reaching agreement to control greenhouse gases
  • Google was founded by Stanford University Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Briny

As a special concession we mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. From the start, the device had the full-colour, multi-touch screen, which came to define smartphones. With the same touch interface still in use today, from pinch-to-zoom to inertial list scrolling, it redefined the mobile phone and sold a million units in just over two months. Other phones with a physical keyboard and requiring many button presses to navigate menus were left behind at a stroke.

It took sometime for the iPhone to grow into the device we expect today. It wasn't just software features like the app store and cut and paste that were still to be added: successive hardware released brought their own upgrades. The iPhone 3G, released in the summer of 2008, completely replaced the first phone and brought with it two new features hard to imagine living without: 3G Internet, and GPS.

Now we have migrated via iPhone 4, 5 and 6 (and did I hear 7 and 8) to the iPhone X where we say goodbye to the Home button and potentially the charger cable. It's part of the route to dealing with the myriad charger collections people build up and not having a password to log in. I guess we'll get used to it.

We don't yet know what surprises future iPhones will bring, or even what they will be called, but in the steady way the bounds of what was normal have been pushed so far, it seems likely that they will feature some new functionality which will become intrinsic to our lives. RIP Steve Jobs.


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