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The One Device Audiobook

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

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Publisher's Summary

The secret history of the invention that changed everything - and became the most profitable product in the world.

Odds are that right now, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to "the one device", as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go.

How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino - based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation.

This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious "suicide factories". It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI - made their way into our pockets.

The One Device is a road map for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, 10 years in the making, of the device that changed everything.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Brian Merchant (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"The One Device is a tour de force, with fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight." (Ashlee Vance, New York Times best-selling author of Elon Musk)

"A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again." (Dan Lyons, New York Times best-selling author of Disrupted)

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    Jess B hutchins 07-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    You want to know where the iPhone comes from. This book gives you what you need to know of the man hours that make the device in your pocket happen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    This book was so much fun. I loved it. It teaches the history of every element of iPhone. a glimpse into how it all came together. The soap opera that is Steve Jobs.

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    Bernard Chaves Angola 07-06-17
    Bernard Chaves Angola 07-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"

    Great story. Very enjoyable and entertaining.
    Would recommend this book to anyone who interested in iPhones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GARY victorville, CA, United States 07-04-17
    GARY victorville, CA, United States 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book about the iPhone creation"

    Heard the writer on the TWiT network triangulation. Loved how he communicated and instantly bought the book. Listen to it in two days and I'm now on my second run through. Some of the stories you've heard before if you've read some of the Steve Jobs biography's, however he goes into much greater detail. This one definitely deserves five stars.

    Gary
    Victorville, California.

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    Hans Marshalleck 07-04-17
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    "Thought provoking"

    gonna put my phone down now. After sobering revelations from listening to this book. Indepth look is a must listen for any die hard iphone fan.

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    Cody Konior 07-27-17
    Cody Konior 07-27-17
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    Would you listen to The One Device again? Why?

    No. It just wasn't that good.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I felt like it was a very good attempt at making a book about the iPhone and it had many interesting facts and moments.

    But I felt that the book was a little meandering and not very cohesive. I like to start a non-fiction book with some kind of mental map of where we're going. In this book I often found myself getting bored and frustrated and just hanging on waiting until the next change in topic (which was often not far around the corner).

    So I would have liked a stronger introduction laying out the format.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I wasn't a fan of the narrators voice - it felt like listening to someone with a blocked nose for hours upon hours. I know this is a personal feeling though, and I don't want to knock them, but it made me uncomfortable.


    Any additional comments?

    I rated the book and the narration 3 stars. But I felt that the book overall was worth 4 stars. Yes - despite not being great, or having a great narrator, there's just no other source like this and I think it's worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn A. Bumgarner Nashville, TN 07-25-17
    Shawn A. Bumgarner Nashville, TN 07-25-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting read"

    It left me wanting a little more info to be honest. I feel like there is a lot of the story that only Apple itself can tell but probably never will.

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    E. Bohnert San Francisco CA 07-17-17
    E. Bohnert San Francisco CA 07-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A very incredible book. A must read experience!"

    The One Device is a book of this very moment in time. I began my iPhone experience with the iPhone 2. And just recently bought my newest one, an iPhone 7 Plus (Red). All bought in Palo Alto, California! I've known for a while that this one device is a magical high tech wonder. But why? And in how many ways? This important book by Brian Merchant helps me to understand these questions better; and to further explore the power and meaning of the iPhone, and why it is a truly iconic and historical item and device. No other "thing" than my clothing and drivers license do I automatically carry with me practically everywhere I go. Why is that? For me, this excellent book is a good place to begin looking for a rich and comprehensive answer. Apple and Steve Jobs and the Apple Team are certainly up there with the rare "Greats" of our era.

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    Hassan 10-05-17
    Hassan 10-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow Start, But Good Read"

    Am a developer, specially in the iOS field, and really enjoyed learning about how the development of the first iPhone went and how it happened.

    I didn't enjoy the starting bit when it was all about the material used to make the iPhone. The reason I bought is to know more about the birth of the iPhone.

    If you are interested in knowing that, then go of it. It will be a bit slow thought at the start.

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    Katherine Carmichael, CA, United States 09-30-17
    Katherine Carmichael, CA, United States 09-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting enough, however"

    Almost finished this one, up to the point where the author mentions (paraphrasing) that "although the iPhone was mostly designed by white males, it is hard to gauge the design bias..."
    Enough of this PC (pun intended) nonsense injected into every conversation. Could you image if during the design phase of the iPhone they had to stop and ask, "gee, I wonder if out engineering team is diverse enough?" I doubt Samsung is concerned whether or not their team is too Asian or too male. Apple obviously was concerned about having the best possible people working on their projects, irrespective of gender or race, as they should have been.

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