Apple’s first smart phone was called an iPhone. It was first released on June 29, 2007. In July of 2008, Apple opened the App store where users could download Apps that would run on the iPhone.
In December of 2008, Litchfield Associates launched the very first Bible App for iPhone on the App store. It was an immediately hit and thousands of users downloaded the very first iPhone Bible App on iPhone. That iPhone Bible app was a very basic App that included the Voice of Alexander Scourby, who the Chicago Tribune said , “had the greatest voice ever recorded”. The iPhone Bible App, also included a scrolling text of the King James Bible, but the user had to manually scroll to keep up with the Bible Audio that was being read by Alexander Scourby.
This was the first time since 1611 that Bible readers could access the Bible differently than the Bible readers did in 1611. This was the very first time Bible readers could hear and read the Bible at the same time in a small device that they held in their hand. That type of sensory input was called a bimodal experience, since users where using two different sensory inputs in the brain by reading and hearing simultaneously.
Did you know that reading and hearing something, conveys the meaning to the brain in two different ways? Studies have determined that when people read and hear something at the same time, their understanding, comprehension and retention is greatly increased. The introduction of the Bible App on iPhone, was the first time that people could do that on one hand held small device!
According to US Department of Education there are 32,000,000 adults in the US that cannot read and are functionally illiterate, that’s 14% of the US population. Twenty-one percent (21%) read below a 5th grad level. The biggest reason the majority of illiterate people in the US want to learn to read, is so that they can read the Bible. A teaching technique used by illiterate societies, is to have people get a book, and the recording of that book, and listen to the recording and follow along in the book. As you can imagine, this was very difficult, because the use had to manage a book and audio device. With the advent of the Bible App on iPhone, the illiterate had both the audio and text in one small device they could hold in their hand. Many illiterate people learned to read by using the Bible App on iPhone.
If you know anyone who is illiterate, or has a hard time reading and has an iPhone, consider gifting them with the Bible App on iPhone. It would be a gift of life that would keep on giving. If you don’t have one, gift one to yourself, download it today and start experiencing the Bible in a whole new way.