Five Years Ago Apple’s App Store Changed How We Used Phones

Five Years Ago Apple’s App Store Changed How We Used Phones

Contrary to what many might believe, Apple didn't invent the app store concept for mobile phones.
Contrary to what many might believe, Apple didn’t invent the app store concept for mobile phones.

[ABC NEWS]

My assignment: Review apps that promised to place free calls on cell phones. Simple enough. But it was one that would take days to complete. There would be testing involved, yes, but first, I had to get those apps.

I visited the various app websites (many of which no longer exist), looked for the download links and confirmed the downloads with browser pop-ups. Then, if I was lucky enough to succeed and avoid the dreaded error messages, I would go find the apps in the download folder. It was a time- consuming process, one which very few would see through to the end after reading a short review about the app.

Yet I persevered, and completed the article.

That was in February 2008 while I was on staff at Laptop Magazine. It was just about six months before Apple released its App Store for the iPhoneon July 10, 2008.

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