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St. Petersburg Unveils World's Biggest iPhone

  • An iPhone-shaped monument in memory of Steve Jobs was unveiled on January 9 in the courtyard of the State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics in St. Petersburg.
  • The St. Petersburg monument features a working touch-screen.
  • The screen displays video, photos and text documenting Jobs' life.
  • The monument is called "Sunny QR Code," in reference to a QR code on the back of the memorial.
  • The Ukrainian city of Odesa also has a monument to Jobs.
  • A statue honoring Jobs at Graphisoft Park in Budapest
The latest version of Apple's iconic iPhone, the iPhone 5, is 9 millimeters taller than its predecessor, but it doesn't hold a candle to an iPhone unveiled this week in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A giant 3-meter-tall black iPhone, with a working touch screen, was unveiled outside the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics on January 9. It's a memorial honoring the life and work of Apple founder Steve Jobs. The touch screen displays video, photos, and text documenting Jobs' remarkable career. It does everything but make phone calls.

The monument was the brainchild of St. Petersburg native Gleb Tarasov and was chosen from among some 200 entrants in a design competition.

It's titled "Sunny QR Code," in recognition of a QR (Quick Response) code on the back of the memorial that, once scanned, takes viewers to a website honoring Jobs. Not sure what the "Sunny" business is all about.

The website Fast Company amusingly likens the design of the Jobs obelisk to the over-the-top headstones adorning the graves of many Russian criminals.

The first iPhone was released in January 2007 and is widely credited with having revolutionized the smartphone industry and the role that mobile phones play in our everyday lives.

Jobs died on October 5, 2011, following complications from cancer.

St. Petersburg now joins Budapest and Odesa, Ukraine, as boasting monuments to Jobs.

-- Grant Podelco
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
January 10, 2013 18:07
Big deal,wait till Jack and Eug.unveil the biggest microchip in the world-the russian one-it will premiere on April the 1st-Mother Russia`s red letter day in front of Felix Edmundovitch`s moument on lubyanka square.Vakhtangian has also promised to be there,and lets hope our heroes will get over their hangover to give us the show of their lives!!!

by: Peter from: St.Petersburg
January 14, 2013 12:28
Camel Anaturk, there was Soviet joke - "Our general paralysis is the most general one"))
But... The monument is good, and I can see it from my working place! My opinion is the monument like the monoliths from "2001: A Space Odyssey".
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
January 14, 2013 13:23
Yes,Peter,I know that one,too-here`s afew more that could win you a couple of years in Gulag back then-Soviet pigs are the biggest pigs in the world -Soviet dwarfs are the biggest,too,Soviet whores are the best,better even than the communist ones,and Soviet cretins are the brightest ones-Eugenio and Jack prove that daily on these spaces.We can laugh at all this nonsense now but 30 years back it was no laughing matter.

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