The Animated History of the iPhone (Viral Video)

Posted on October 19, 2011


Source: Jonathan Mak, Hong Kong Artist

As a tribute to one of Steve Jobs’ monumental inventions, CNET UK released a brilliant Animated History of the iPhone – an infographic video (CLICK HERE for video) and a feat of viral proportions – implicit with a green impact. While it condenses Apple’s 35-year history in less than 4 minutes, we quickly learn how fast cell phone developments have evolved since 1983, when Motorola Dynatac 8000X became the first mobile phone to place a call. The price of mobile phones have fallen over 45X from the Dynatac ($9100 – the cost in 2011 after factoring in inflation) to $199, the baseline model price for the iPhone 4S. If the same type of innovations would have occurred in the airline industry, each jet engine would be less than 6 feet long and weigh no more than a golf cart.

More importantly, Apple may be remembered for being one of the most significant companies to reduce carbon emissions. With over 140 million iPhones sold since 2007, Apple has reduced carbon emissions as a result cannibalizing nearly 140 million iPods in the same period. According to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) equivalencies calculator on the EPA site, the carbon emissions saved is equivalent to:

  • The GHG emissions from  549,020 passenger vehicles in one year; or
  • The amount of electricity used for over 349,000 homes in one year; or
  • The carbon sequestered by nearly 72 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

By this time next year, the minimum carbon emissions that Apple will save with the total number of iPhones sold will be more than the annual CO2 emissions from one coal-fired power plant.

The actual GHG emissions that Apple iPhone users are saving should exceed the above calculations because each iPhone effectively integrates an iPod, a digital camera and a video camcorder into a smartphone. So what’s one of the best ways to go green? Buy an iPhone.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” (Steve Jobs)

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