The Apple iPhone celebrates its 8th birthday today. Eight years ago, Steve Jobs showed the future of the smartphone space, changing the course of the market forever!
Eight years ago, Apple’s first-ever iPhone, the smartphone that did a bang-up job to revolutionize the tech industry. It was January 9th, 2007 when Steve Jobs took the stage at the MacWorld Conference & Expo held in Moscone West in San Francisco, California and pulled a device from his pocket that changed the world of smartphones forever.
Even though the iCEO would never have imagined the success of his piece of art, including the fondness of users and the legal consequences in the courts.
In 2007, the smartphone space was completely different from what is known today. There were a bunch of devices on the market, but the interaction with users was strongly tied to physical buttons, including improvised pointers and bulky keyboards. With the arrival of the first iPhone, everything changed once for all. The phone becomes touchscreen completely, and able to adapt user’s habits accordingly. Multi-Touch, an innovation prompted many manufacturers to abandon their all previous and on-going projects to get on the bandwagon. On a rampage, the known rivals Google and Samsung have copied the iPhone shamelessly knowing all legal consequences.
“An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator… these are NOT three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is.” – Steve Jobs
In terms of functions, the first iPhone, compared to today’s iPhone, was a device for pockets with very little values. It could surf the web via Safari, play videos and music with iTunes in addition to standard messaging and calling features. Moreover, this is not it; the vintage iPhone was launched without any third-party apps as the App Store was launched a year later along with the iPhone 3G. At that time, the first iOS was known as OS X – pronounced as “os-ten” — combining three products: a revolutionary mobile phone, a wide screen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, searching and maps all into one small, lightweight handheld device.
“Apple reinvents the phone with iPhone,” – Steve Jobs
You can watch the full keynote and relive the moments:
Over the past seven years, the room of possibilities has appeared futuristic and attributed the success of iPhone year by year, reaching up to the recent iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
As aforementioned, a lot has changed since January 9th, 2007. The iPhone is being smarter every year stratifying communication needs with high-quality cameras, portable fingerprint reader, hub of entertainment, route navigation and much more. Despite being affordable now-a-days, the iPhone lineup keeps unchanged its primordial fascination.