Fred Vogelstein has written a fascinating piece over on Wired about the story behind the iPhone. His piece details how the iPhone project began back in 2002, progressed through an ill-fated partnership with Motorola that yielded the forgettable ROKR iTunes phone, and progressed through ultra-secret development of code name "P2," or what we now know as iPhone.
Apparently Apple spent more than $150 million in developing iPhone, and used technology their engineers had been developing for a tablet computer (which we might just see next week at MacWorld). Apple also gave some serious thought to using Linux instead of a modified version of their own OS X as the operating system for iPhone.
Rumors are heating up for next week's MacWorld keynote, during which Apple CEO Steve Jobs traditionally unveils high-profile new products. Last year's keynote was the scene of iPhone's unveiling, and there's talk of a minor storage and/or feature bump for the handset during this year's address. While analysts and fans are clamoring for a 3G-compatible iPhone to be unveiled next week in San Francisco, collective wisdom is pointing towards a late May or June release of such a device. Whatever comes out of MacWorld next week, I'll be on hand to bring you the details, photos, and reactions here on PhoneDog.
Read The Untold Story: How the iPhone blew up the wireless industry on wired.com from here.