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想在30年前拥有一部iPhone,需要多少钱?

Don Reisinger 2016年08月09日

软硬件的组合产品一直都很贵,放到30年前,就是天价。

如果考虑到通胀对价格的影响,再把智能手机的所有核心软硬件功能都集中到一款1985年生产的产品中,那它会值多少钱呢?一家公司打算找出答案。

互联网营销公司WebpageFX在一篇很长的评估报告中比较了如今和那时的智能手机价格。该公司发现,具备现今所有功能的智能手机在1985年的价格是3213.6910万美元。这听起来确实有些荒诞。但对该公司数据的进一步分析表明这个数字或许有些道理。

比如说,如果你想在1985年买一部摩托罗拉DynaTAC手机,就得拿出9000美元,这远远超过现在一部无锁智能手机几百美元的价格。想给朋友发短信或图片?你很可能需要传真机,而1985年一台传真机的价格是1105美元。万一在迷失方向时需要GPS导航仪,1985年的你就需要花费6630美元。如今,这些都作为软件集成到了智能手机中。

这还仅仅是个开始。WebpageFX发现,虽然iPhone 自带Apple Music这样的便携音乐播放器,但在1985年,你可能得用价格400美元的索尼D-50 CD随身听才能在四处走动时欣赏音乐。万一想记录下和家人的某个特殊时刻,你就得花3700美元买一台摄像机。现在,人们只需抽出口袋里的手机就可以录像了。

不过,上述花销和3210万美元还有天壤之别。那么,WebpageFX是怎么得到这个数字的呢?

该公司指出,关键在于处理能力。要想得到和现今高端智能手机同样的处理能力,1985年的消费者得买一台Cray-2超级计算机。价格呢?3200万美元。

在解释怎样算出智能手机值3210万美元的文章中,WebpageFX写道:“Cray-2超级计算机曾是世界上速度最快的电脑。今天,这样的计算能力和速度占据的空间比你的手还小(而且要方便得多)。”

没错,1985年的智能手机听起来或许很贵。但如果说WebpageFX的数据说明了什么问题的话,那就是如今的手机也许真的很便宜。毕竟,该公司提供的数据显示,一部智能手机在1985年的价格大约相当于957辆2016年产的轿车或者109幢新建房屋。在那时买一部拥有如今手机所有能力和功能的产品就相当于现在买下近8.5万台电脑。(财富中文网)

译者:Charlie

校对:詹妮

If you adjusted prices to inflation and took all of the core hardware and software features in your smartphone into a device built in 1985, how much would it cost? That’s what one company decided to find out.

In a lengthy evaluation comparing smartphone costs now and then, Internet marketing company WebpageFX found that a smartphone with all the features one would expect today would have cost $32,136,910 in 1985. Admittedly, that might sound a bit ridiculous. But further evaluation of the company’s data reveals it might make some sense.

For instance, if you wanted to buy a mobile phone like the Motorola DynaTAC back in 1985, it would’ve cost you $9,000—a far cry from the few hundreds you’d pay now for an unlocked smartphone. Want to send some text and images to a friend? You probably would’ve needed a fax machine, which in 1985 cost $1,105. In the off chance you didn’t know where you were going and needed a GPS navigator, it would’ve cost you $6,630 in 1985. Now, it comes bundled as software inside your smartphone.

But that’s just the beginning. WebpageFX found that while a portable music player like Apple Music comes with the iPhone at no charge, in 1985, you would’ve needed a $400 Sony D-50 Discman to walk around and listen to tunes. Just in case you wanted to capture that special moment with your family, you would’ve needed to purchase a $3,700 camcorder. Now, you can whip a smartphone out of your pocket and get to recording.

Still, that all amounts to a far cry from $32.1 million, so how did WebpageFX get there?

According to the company, it’s all about processing power. To get the same level of processing power customers would find in a high-end smartphone today, one would have needed to buy the Cray-2 supercomputer in 1985. Its price? $32 million.

“The Cray-2 supercomputer was the fastest computer in the world for a time,” the company wrote in its explanation on how it landed at $32.1 million for a smartphone cost. “Today, all of that power and speed is smaller than your hand (and a lot more convenient).”

Yes, a 1985 smartphone might sound expensive, but if WebpageFX’s data is any indication, today’s devices might actually be a bargain. After all, according to the company, a 1985 smartphone would cost about as much as 957 new, 2,016 cars, and 109 new houses. A single smartphone with all the power and features of today’s devices would have set you back the cost of nearly 85,000 computers on shelves right now.

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