Thomas Hazlett: The iPhone Turns Five
Forget the shouting about 'open' or 'closed' systems. The magic is in the dynamics of platform competition.
On June 29, 2007, thousands of fan-boys and -girls camped in long lines to inhale a wisp of sweet techno fairy dust. The new iPhone rocked the world. Revolutionary in design, function and ecosystem, it set off the mobile data tsunami. In three days, Apple sold a million of them. The Economist asked: "Where would Jesus queue?"