My first book, The One Device hit shelves June 20th, 2017. It was a national bestseller, won an award or two, and was shortlisted for others. It has since been translated into a dozen languages. The Wall Street Journal called it “almost as addictive as the iPhone itself.” It’s on Amazon, of course, and in the UK, too. For the latest updates about events and media stuff, go here.
“The One Device is a tour de force, with fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight.” -Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk
The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world.
Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to “the one device,” as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go.
How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won’t hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone’s creation.
This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen’s notorious “suicide factories.” It’s a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets.
The One Device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.