iPhone turns 15: A look back on the launch of the very first iPhone
15 years ago today, Steve Jobs took to the stage to announce the very first iPhone at the 2007 Macworld Expo in San Francisco, California. The keynote saw Jobs announce the device as a “widescreen iPod with touch controls,” a “revolutionary mobile phone,” and a “breakthrough Internet communicator,” with the keynote going down as one of the most prominent announcements in Apple history.
Announced on January 9, 2007, the first iPhone shipped to customers on June 29, 2007. The device featured a 3.5-inch LCD display, 30-pin connector, 2-megapixel camera, chunky bezzles, a headphone jack and a regular Home button, unlike any other phone on the market at the time.
Jobs started out by saying “This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years. Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. And Apple has been – well, first of all, one’s very fortunate if you get to work on just one of these in your career. Apple’s been very fortunate. It’s been able to introduce a few of these into the world.”
“In 1984, we introduced the Macintosh. It didn’t just change Apple, it changed the whole computer industry,” said Jobs. “In 2001, we introduced the first iPod, and… it didn’t just – it didn’t just change the way we all listen to music, it changed the entire music industry. Well, today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products of this class.”
“The first one: is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second: is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device. So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls; a revolutionary mobile phone; and a breakthrough Internet communications device.”
“An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … Are you getting it?” As the crowd started to cheer Jobs said, “These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone.”
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