There was a time, not all that long ago, when packing for a trip I had to make sure I had a camera, a GPS device, a phone, an MP3 player, a laptop and all sorts of other things like a flashlight, calendar, address book or voice recorder. I used to think how nice it would be to combine all of these things into one device. Well, along came Apple and the iPhone and my life, and millions of others, have been all the better for it.

Now, in his new book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, journalist/author Brian Merchant provides us with the definitive history of the development of the iPhone, from vision to earthshattering disruption device, and it is as compelling as you would want it to be.

About The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant: “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.”

As awesome as the iPhone is it is not all rainbows and lollipops, there is a dark side, from the sourcing of materials to its dubious manufacturing, let alone the down side of the cultural effects of device-addicted zombies walking around with their eyes fixed on a small screen – and worse, driving. Mr. Merchant does not shy away from these things and provides a well-balanced, extremely well-researched, history of one of the greatest consumer product every produced.

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.