Original iPhone blows out 15 candles

This week marks exactly fifteen years ago that then Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone. The device would unleash a mobile revolution in no time and is now in its thirteenth incarnation.

Compared to today’s smartphones, the original iPhone with its 3.5-inch LCD display was only a minor feat – no bigger than the iPods of the time. The design may also look a bit old-fashioned now, but in 2007 the contrast with traditional mobile phones could not have been greater.

All in one

In one of his most memorable keynotes, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone with the words, “An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator… in one device. Is it starting to dawn on you?’ The iPhone made the resolute transition from a mobile phone full of number keys and other buttons, to a real smartphone with a touch screen and – above all – apps. Initially there were not many more than a dozen, but in no time the App Store overflowed with thousands, and later millions of applications.

In January last year, Apple announced that there were one billion active iPhones in circulation worldwide. The success of the phone has been a major factor in making Apple the first company in history to reach a market cap of $3 trillion.

Meanwhile, the development of the iPhone does not stand still. For example, the iPhone 14 (expected around September) could become Apple’s first device without a physical SIM card. Insiders also expect an Apple event in March or April where the company would announce a new iPhone SE with 5G support. The SE is the cheaper entry-level phone, which should make Apple’s gadget available to a wider audience.

The excerpt from Steve Jobs’ 2007 keynote, in which he unveils the iPhone.

Compared to today’s smartphones, the original iPhone with its 3.5-inch LCD display was only a minor feat – no bigger than the iPods of the time. The design may also look a bit old-fashioned now, but in 2007 the contrast with traditional mobile phones could not be greater. In one of his most memorable keynotes, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone with the words: ‘An iPod, a telephone and an internet communicator. .. in one device. Is it starting to dawn on you?’ The iPhone made the resolute transition from a mobile phone full of number keys and other buttons, to a real smartphone with a touch screen and – above all – apps. Initially there were not many more than a dozen, but in no time the App Store overflowed with thousands, and later even millions of applications. In January last year, Apple announced that there were one billion active iPhones in circulation worldwide. The success of the telephone has largely ensured that Apple is the first company in history to reach a market value of 3,000 billion dollars. Meanwhile, the development of the iPhone is not standing still. For example, the iPhone 14 (expected around September) could become Apple’s first device without a physical SIM card. Insiders also expect an Apple event in March or April where the company would announce a new iPhone SE with 5G support. The SE is the cheaper entry-level phone, which should make Apple’s gadget available to a wider audience.The excerpt from Steve Jobs’ keynote in 2007, in which he unveils the iPhone.

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Original iPhone blows out 15 candles

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