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iPhone History X: A dive into the past and future of the cult device

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on October 27, 2016. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Apple is announcing the latest iPhone today in its Cupertino headquarter.

This event marks the tenth year anniversary of the iconic mobile device, and the company has aptly named the new incarnation the iPhone X. Industry analysts expect a $1000 price tag on the product, without discount packages from various mobile carriers.

Is this $1k cellphone the turning point where Apple fans start looking for alternatives? Or are users so entrenched in the tech ecosystem that it’s difficult to get out? How has the phone evolved in the past ten years to end up where it is now? Host Larry Mantle goes through the history of the cult device with Ian King, tech reporter for Bloomberg, and Brian Merchant, editor at Motherboard at VICE.

Guest:

Ian King, San Francisco-based tech reporter for Bloomberg 

Brian Merchant, editor at Motherboard, the science and technology arm of VICE, and author of “The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone” (Little, Brown and Company, June 2017); he tweets @bcmerchant

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