How God makes a smartphone
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How God makes a smartphone

“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

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).