Steve Jobs didn’t invent the iPhone, claims US Congresswoman

Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives claims that the iPhone is the US government’s invention and not Steve Jobs’.


Steve Jobs revolutionized the smartphone industry with the launch of the first Apple iPhone in 2007. And since then, Apple smartphones have continued to set new benchmarks in the mobile industry. However, one US politician wants us to believe that the iPhone wasn’t invented by Steve Jobs, but the US government.

At the Democratic National Convention Platform Hearing in Washington DC, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi claimed that Steve Jobs might have just put the smartphone together, but the technology used in the iPhone was developed by the Federal government. She said, “In this smartphone, almost everything came from federal investments in research. GPS came from military, flat screen, digital camera, wireless data compression, voice recognition. The list goes on and on.”

Interestingly, there is no solid evidence that shows that her claim may is any close to being true. In fact, Apple holds a design patent for the original iPhone with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Steve Jobs is one of the people listed among the inventors of the patent.

It is quite surprising to see someone from the US government claiming to be the brain behind one of the most exhaustive inventions in the world. Also, it comes across as a murky move in the wake of Apple’s legal standoff with FBI regarding the iPhone’s encryption. Apple had resisted the FBI’s demand for helping unlock San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. Though, the US authorities later found a way to access the data.

  • Published Date: June 13, 2016 5:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: June 13, 2016 5:05 PM IST