Steve Jobs Wanted a Permanent Back Button On iPhone

The familiar circular button is the first thing that comes to mind about the appearance of your favorite iPhone. Steve Jobs wanted another button to be a part of the design with the home button. This was revealed in a new book titled ‘The One Device: The Secret History of iPhone’. Imran Chaudhry, an ex-designer at Apple revealed this fact that Steve jobs wanted an additional back button in the design. This would have made the phone work like android with a back button. This idea was not perused and we have the iPhone as we have it today with one simple button. 


The Design:
The remarkable design made history from both software and hardware standpoint. The matchless design became the baseline upon which every other smart phone was based. This design influenced the entire industry. Even the fans of android or palm pre cannot deny the kind of bench mark that was set. It certainly can be termed as the Guru of all smart phone designs.



The Back button:
At first the phone needed to have at least one button, the home button which we have today. But Steve Jobs wanted to have two buttons instead of one. He wanted to have another permanent button at the back of the phone for navigation purposes. The senior designer Imran Chaudhry said that he argued with Steve jobs saying that it was about the trust and predictability and that it would create complexity as other devices. So he won the argument of keeping it simple as he states and there was only one button in the final approved design. If it would have been the way Steve Jobs wanted, the design of the iPhone would have been quite different. 



The buttons; one two or none
There were several design changes and certainly the change of thought process while designing our very own iPhone. The book also revealed that there were other changes that were to be made. In an earlier design there wasn’t going to be any button on the device at all. Wait, what? Not even the iconic button we have now?
But you never know, because there have been rumors that the latest design of iPhone will not be having any button. I will miss the only button if they exclude it from the design.
According to the book there were other disagreements about the design as well. Another suggestion was to add a physical keyboard just like black berry which was also ditched in the final product but this claim is said to be misquoted.

The Team
The new book titled “The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone’ by Brian Merchant open doors to look into the history, efforts and hard work that was put to design the iPhone that is ruling this generation. The interviews with the entire team of engineers revealed that it was a team’s effort. Another interesting fact is that even Steve Jobs was convinced into ideas and it was an entire team not just Steve jobs who made this possible.

Author Bio: Jessica Mathews is the writer of this blog post. She has earned her master’s degree and is very active Online Dissertation Help UK | Dissertationhub.co.uk in writing about latest interventions in the tech world.

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