I found an article from ReCode that does a great job of illustrating a few of the ways that the iPhones (and really, all smart phones) changed the world. Outside of some of the obvious ways (maps! google!) here are a few of my favorites:
This year, 1.2 trillion digital photos will be taken worldwide, and most of those — 85 percent — will be taken on phones, according to market research firm KeyPoint Intelligence (formerly known as InfoTrends). That’s up from the 400 billion digital photos taken in 2011.
It makes sense. Unless you’re a professional photographer, how many people have cameras these days? Smartphone cameras have gotten so high-quality that the need for a point-and-shoot almost doesn’t exist.
Supermarket checkout lines — strategically stocked with magazines and candy — were for a long time a major point of sale for gum. Consumers waiting on line to pay would look around and make impulse buys. Now, however, we’re so consumed with our phones that we’re not reaching for a pack of gum to stave off our boredom. Indeed, gum sales have declined 15 percent since 2007, the year the iPhone came out, according to market research firm Euromonitor International.
This one is incredible, and something I never would have thought of. Unless I run into Kwik Trip specifically to get gum, there’s a good chance I’m not picking some up in the impulse aisle.