Apple Software Engineer Us Account Details on The Gestation of The First IPhone

We are close to finishing a new quarter of sales, income and expenses – also judgments-, with the figure of 500 million iPhones sold pending to be confirmed. All this success story could say that it began with the first iPhone, therefore it is always interesting to know details of where and how it was conceived.

Wall Street Journal made an interview with Greg Christie, one of the software engineers responsible for the development of the first iPhone, something always interesting considering that Apple is not especially open to tell you things about their teams, or for members to communicate with the media.

Secrecy inside Apple, and a very small team

Christie is mounted on the train from the project”Purple”-before being iPhone – after an invitation from Scott Forstall, and worked in as well known as the”slide to unlock”elements, or the famous bounce when you reach the end of a screen with scrolling”.

Although specific details on the number of members of the project are not given, yes let us clear that the number of people was very small, too for something so important, and the possibilities of Apple.

Another important detail was the secrecy, even among members of the company. He had two monthly meetings with Steve Jobs to show progress, and few people had access to these meetings in the room of development, which you can see in the pictures. The information is encriptaba and the access was restricted.

The initial prototypes had touch screens of plastic and were encandenados Mac desktops that emulate the functioning of a less capable device, such as a mobile device hardware.

Two and a half years of working with Steve Jobs up and changes up to the last moment

Steve had big ideas and concepts I wanted to capture. The bases of the project were touch screen, nothing physical buttons, and the possibility of linking the devices with the capabilities of reproduction of contents of the iPod family, which would end up leading to the store that we know.

The head was initially not very happy with the progress, and he even give an ultimatum, with a window of two weeks to improve what he saw, or would change to the user interface developers.

In the end it seems that things went better than it was, with the blessing of other heavyweights such as Jony Ive and Bill Cambell, who came to comment that the phone would be somewhat larger than the Mac.

The three personalities approved the project in 2005, and from then on, the complete work was two years Greg time media and his colleagues at Apple. Steve Jobs was on top of every little detail that they were finding in the way.

In the last six months before revealing the phone to the general public, the changes did not stop, with ideas such as a split-screen view (split view), showing different things. Steve felt that it was not a great idea for a screen so small.

The opening of Apple with this interview may have much to do with that at the end of March must be found again with Samsung by Koreans violated patent issues, relating to older models. It seems that they want to remember the great work that his staff was making for years.