Neil deGrasse Tyson Speaks about Apple’s App Store

Earlier this week, a brief appearance was made by Astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson in an Apple event on June 8.

In the event, he described that Apple's App Store, which recently marked its 100 billionth app download was one of humanity's crowning achievements.

Tyson said, "Apps plus handheld device. I think that's a watershed moment in civilization. Here we live in a time where the most powerful tools ever imagined to investigate and probe our world are in the hand of essentially everyone".

Tyson continued to talk about the lines quoted by Apple from a 45-minute interview. He focused on amazing achievements of smartphone hardware makers during most of his speech.

A year ago, he used to slam app developers and said society has bigger problems than what can be solved with the app, in transportation, and energy and health. He considered that app makers were cave-dwellers.

What he exactly meant was that those apps are dependent on more fundamental innovations in hardware and infrastructure. He said people praise an app because it tells you where you are on Earth.

However, the app is capable to do that as the military puts the GPS on which a smartphone depends to gauge location. According to Tyson, it's all about the hardware as it has stuff in it and accesses it.

He said he is praising the hardware people as the software guys will just be writing video games without the extraordinary miniaturized hardware. The hardware is not just processor, but it includes sensors, like cameras, microphones, accelerometers, and more.