Monday, January 9, 2017

Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone 10 years ago

Love it or hate it, no one can deny the iPhone has significantly changed the world we live in, and it was 10 years ago today that Steve Jobs went up to the stage to show us the first iPhone. The phone that made giants fall and now grabs 90% of the profits of the entire smartphone market.

It was on January 9th, 2007 that Steve Jobs popped up on stage to finally reveal a mysterious device. The rumors that Apple might create a smartphone had been around for quite a while, but the move hadn't been taking seriously by many: Nokia was the undisputed king of the cell phone market; and lots others couldn't even fathom a device with no physical keys.

That first iPhone was nothing like the iPhones we now have. It's mobile speeds were unusable for anything more than checking email or the weather; and try to imagine that it didn't even had an App Store - it could only run the apps Apple had pre-installed on it. But Apple was quick to adapt and expand its horizons and, before long, we were seeing all those that predicted the iPhone to be doomed "forgetting" their own words (some even using iPhones like nothing had ever happened.)

It's always interesting to look back and see that presentation again, just to keep in mind all the sorts of things that we now take for granted... and weren't before this nifty little smartphone was shown to the world.

Now, the real question is: will Apple be able to keep the tradition going, and will this year's 10the anniversary iPhone be able to do the same when we look back 10 years from now?

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