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iPhone: The Great Displacer

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone 5 years ago today.

Here are five devices the iPhone displaced:

Camera
Your best camera is the one you have with you. Even when the resolution was crappy 2 years ago I still used my iPhone camera in South Africa more than my canon digital camera. I just didn’t feel like taking out the canon camera and then have to go home and upload my pictures with a cord. First world problem. The 4S now has a comparable resolution to the newest digital cameras.

Computer and Wifi
Who needs a computer any more besides Excel and Word? I write and read everything on my iPhone. I can publish and comment on blogs and social networks. Flash video and AT&T’s slow 3G aside, I can watch virtually every video too on the iPhone. And email is accessible like water.

Mp3 Player
The iPod was an incredible device for storage and portability. But the cloud, ubiquitous Internet, and the iPhone replace it. I’m still waiting for Spotify to match the amount of tracks available in the iTunes library though.

Video Game Console
The consoles have amazing graphics and a ton of games. That won’t change. But what is changing is that the iPhone has turned adults into gamers and there’s little chance that they’re ever going to buy that same game just to play it on the console. Just wait until Apple TV comes out and turns your iPhone into the remote.

Consolidation of media is great when it’s simplified. Apple connected all the emerging technology dots and built the greatest media tool of all time.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.