In this tenth year of the iPhone, and with a new model’s imminent release, people tend to concentrate on what we currently hold in our hands and what Apple has done to advance the smartphone device and user experience.

It’s true Apple has done many good things in making the smartphone the go-to device that it is today — from the UI to app store to enhanced security to screens, to voice control, etc. But it’s important to also look back and realize that many of the fundamental technologies that allow such breakthroughs came about years ago — before the iPhone was available — by some groundbreaking technology companies.

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