“Everybody has a cell phone,” Steve Jobs told John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar, “but I don’t know one person who likes their cell phone.”
The frustrated CEO of Apple decided to do something about the problem, which lead to one of the greatest products of the modern age. Ten years ago today he released the first version of the famed iPhone.
Jobs didn’t invent the smartphone. And while he was the guiding force behind the iPhone, he really didn’t invent that product either. Jobs also couldn’t produce a smartphone himself. No one can.
This video by the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, based on the essay “I, Pencil” penned by Leonard Read in 1958, explains how a smartphone is made. And why should you care? Because as IFWE explains, God has given us the market process as the most powerful tool we have in a fallen world to serve each other by using our gifts.
See also: How God Makes a Pencil