In 1844 Samuel Morse's first message over a 40-mile experimental telegraph from Washington to Baltimore was from the book of Numbers, "What hath God wrought?" He was predicting a bright future for telegraphy by comparing it to the triumphant destiny of Abraham's descendents. Four years later, there were 2,000 miles of lines in the United States. In another four years, 23,000 miles were in use, with 10,000 more under construction. Perhaps it's not a stretch to ponder whether Apple's trailblazing digital media innovations may prove to be as culturally significant as the invention of the telegraph.