The iPhone may have been a catalyst, but it saw the light of day 15 years after the world’s first smartphone.
20 years ago as the first smartphone in the world the light of day. The company behind was International Business Machines Corp., which is probably known better by its acronym IBM, and it was a look out in the future, as has become our present. It meant, however, that it was an unqualified success.
Although IBM Simon Personal Communicator, which is the full name, was the major topic of conversation during a Technology Conference in Las Vegas in 1992, it was foreseen that Simon had to reach out to consumers in May 1994, but it was not until the 16th.August ‘ 94, that it is the first time be able to get your hands on a copy.
It looked like the a smartphone in the sense we know it today, even if the term did not exist at the time. Simon could send emails, keep track of calendar and stuff like that. This made it, not surprisingly, particularly popular in the business world. There never came a Simon 2, which had been named Neon, and IBM fell together to such an extent that it rarely has been seen since, and sales were not a success.
In all, IBM sold around 50,000 Simon-phones, and price was the time at 899 dollars, which is equivalent to just over 1,400 dollars today if we take inflation with. In Danish money runs it up in about 8,000 dollars, which may be said to be a lot of money for even the latest new top models. Therefore, Simon nor remembered on that front, it must be remembered for being forward thinking man. The first of its kind, as the first of the breakthrough 15 years after his death.
There are some aspects of Simon, who both sounds a little too familiar and some that sounds completely unthinkable. It was only in 15 of the American States, there were networks, and was the signal bad battery life could dive right down to 30 minutes. So a half hour before the battery had to be recharged again. Who are we after all better asked today. The screen was LCD, and Simon followed with a stylus, but the weight was up on half a kilo. It is more than iPad Air.
In spite of these difficulties is much of what we know from smartphones nowadays up along what was shown by Cellphoneexplorer.com. And even if there never came a Neon, and it all ran out into the sand, so the team was behind Simon ready to take the plunge into the future of mobile technology. For the sequel they had planned, for example, a larger screen and the ability to rotate the screen, as we know it today, says in an interview from 2012.
It may well be that Apple’s iPhone helped in earnest to make smartphones popular, but it all started long before the with a of the time advanced product with a simple name-Simon.