The One Device


Brian Merchant provides a comprehensive history of the development of the iPhone in The One Device. This book shows that Steve Jobs did not invent the iPhone. Instead, many engineers worked tirelessly behind the scenes to develop the iPhone. These engineers combined many existing technologies to develop a revolutionary new product. In doing so, they forever altered telecommunications and photography.

The One Device provides extensive details about the camera that was included in the iPhone:

  • The original 2 megapixel camera was subpar, included only because competing phones included cameras.
  • Apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic were key to the success of the phone and the camera.
  • The camera module included over 200 separate parts, and there were 800 employees dedicated to improving the camera in 2016!
  • The camera is based on CMOS and image processing technology developed for the iSight laptop camera.
  • Optical image stabilization ensures that photos will be sharp. Optical image stabilization takes advantage of the gyroscope that is included in the iPhone to measure and correct for any movement that may be taking place.

TheĀ  iPhone camera has changed our lives forever, and its impact goes beyond the technical features. We now always have a camera with us, and photography is no longer relegated to special occasions. Instead, we are able to document life as it happens, preserving memories for the future.




About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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