The history, current technology, and future of Smartphones

From IBM to Apple, with Motorolla, Nokia, and Samsung inbetween.

A large picture of an iPhone

Smartphones have become ubiquitous in modern society. Thirty years ago, the world would have thought you crazy if you even considered the thought that playing-card-deck sized computers could exist with more than 100,000 times the processing power, 1,048,576 times more RAM, and more than seven million times more ROM memory than the Apollo 11 computer, and t hat they would be readily available and considerably affordable to the point that 2.7 billion p eople owned them. However, that is our current reality. Smartphones are a feat of modern e ngineering in all facets and provide computing power similar to that of even high-end laptops of the mid 2000s, all while fitting snug in your pocket.

Modern Smartphones are stronger than some of our current Desktop and Laptop PCs, have enterprise level software capabilities, professional photographing tools, and generally do all of this without a hitch. IBM is credited with creating the first smartphone, named Simon. Smartphones then were taken over by Motorolla and Nokia from the mid 90s to the mid-to-late 2000s, until Apple arrived on the scene. Initially, Apple did not dominate the market; however, their innovative touch, combination of many different features, sleek design, and great marketing pushed them into the top spot. Apple currently holds nearly half of the market share of Smartphone devices. The industry standard for smartphone specs include 8-12 GB of ram, a 2.6 GHz 6 or 8 core CPU, and 256 GB of flash memory. These standards vary by manufacturer, but, are generally a guideline.