There lies an entire tale behind the invention of the first iPhone. It was a very difficult two years for the team that was put together by Steve Jobs to handle the task. Among the long list of workers at Apple responsible for this job was Andy Grignon. Andy was a top level engineer who took care of the radio function in the iPhone.
In his own words, he was so uptight during the production phase that he piled on quite a few pounds and was left emotionally bankrupt. The expectations ran high and all sorts of geniuses were put together in cramped quarters. That was an ideal recipe for disaster. On the whole, it was a crazy process of brainstorming and complexity that caused quite a few tempers to flare up.
There was a time when Apple had its eyes set on acquiring Motorola. But back then it was thought to be too much of an investment to consider and so the decision was forsaken. Today, with over $30 billion in revenue, Apple is on top.
When the first iPhone was being touted by Steve Jobs, Andy Grignon and others were in the back of the auditorium taking swigs from a whiskey flask to calm their jittery nerves. The full-scale assaults on his employees’ self-esteem, that Steve Jobs made time after time, left them feeling very vulnerable. But that is the price of genius. Madness is a fundamental part of its worldly success. Finally, when everything went well and the iPhone was accepted by the audience as a viable device, the team at Apple heaved a sigh of relief.