Everything the iPhone has replaced in the last 10 years

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the day the very first iPhone launched. Over the years, the iPhone has replaced all sorts of gadgets that we once needed to carry separately. Let’s take a look at what the iPhone has, in many ways, completely replaced.

The iPhone replaced the iPod. Sure, for a bit we still carried iPod nanos and iPod Touch devices but, largely, most of us listen to music on our smartphones now.

Come on, are you telling me you still carry one of those? I’ll let it slide if it’s an HP 12c financial calculator.

A level and compass

I know I just used my iPhone to level out a railing I installed on my stairs recently. It works for most tasks, like hanging pictures! It has also completely replaced a compass for most tasks, though you should probably use one that doesn’t need a battery for long hikes.

Credit cards

It hasn’t made them obsolete just yet, but we’re getting there. With Apple Pay, you don’t need to carry around a full wallet of credit cards. Just tap your phone at a retailer’s checkout machine and get on your way.

Portable hotspots

Once upon a time we needed to carry either a portable hotspot or a modem that plugged into our laptops for internet access. Now our iPhones can provide that signal, acting as a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever we go.

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