iPhone is 5 Years Old Today

Jan 9, 2012 - 8 Comments

First iPhone

iPhone is truly the device that changed everything, it reinvented the phone and what we expect of a handheld device, it forever changed Apple, and it has since defined the entire mobile industry.

All of that started 5 years ago today, on January 9, when Steve Jobs took the stage at MacWorld 2007 to unveil the very first iPhone, saying “I have been looking forward to this for two and a half years. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” and the rest, as they say, is history.

For a quick recap, the original iPhone had an aluminum back, glass multitouch screen, included a 2mp camera, ran at 412MHz, had 128MB of RAM, and was available in 4GB and 8GB, with a 16 GB options appearing later as the 4GB became discontinued. The devices main setback was the limitation to AT&T’s slow EDGE network, but regardless it was by far the most impressive and advanced phone on the market and sold out quickly, leaving smartphone competitors scrambling. iOS at the time was fairly basic and called iPhone OS, made from a heavily stripped down version of Mac OS X. Apps were limited to what Apple installed on the iPhone, which were things like Safari, iPod, Mail, Calendar, Photos, Stocks, Weather, Calculator, etc, and third party apps with the developer SDK didn’t come until a year later in early 2008.

Below are videos of Steve Jobs unveiling the very first iPhone, if you haven’t seen these and you are interested in Apple history, they are well worth watching:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

And of course, here is the original iPhone commercial:

Hard to believe it’s been five years already, huh? Where will we be in another 5 years?

Happy Birthday iPhone!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPhone, News

8 Comments

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  1. PippoX0 says:

    Yeah,
    i have one (First iPhone …)
    Battery is full charging also after five years.

    Best Regards

  2. TVDN says:

    I think it is funny how Apples intention with the iPhone was to use web-based apps only. Only later, with the pressure from the public is that they realised they had to allow for 3rd party apps.

  3. Kmsimpson says:

    Happy Birthday, iPhone!!

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  6. Mauricio says:

    It’s hard to believe that many of the great ideas of the original iphone are still great after five years later… I miss Steve Jobs, he was one of the persons in the world that really changed for good the things that we all do on mobile phones today.

  7. adam says:

    I have the first iPhone

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