Love it or hate it, you just can’t ignore the iPhone. And it’s been 11 years since Apple’s talismanic Steve Jobs arguably changed the world by unveiling this revolutionary product.
For it was on January 9, 2007, that Apple’s co-founder and CEO took the stage at San Francisco’s Macworld Expo and revealed the original iPhone — an iconic device in the history of consumer electronics.
Before the original iPhone was teased by Steve Jobs eleven years ago, phones used to be dull, boring and unimaginative. They were only good at one thing for the most part. Of course, the swiss-army-knife of phones, the iPhone disrupted all of that for the better. Heck, the only reason phones became smartphones was thanks largely to the Apple iPhone.
Sporting a responsive touchscreen display — with no physical keyboard buttons — the original iPhone combined a normal phone with the power of a music player, Internet communication device, digital camera, alarm clock, and more. It was a breakthrough of design, one that continues to inspire hundreds of phone manufacturers in the market.
Measuring just 3.5-inch, the first iPhone looks like a far cry compared to the iPhone X, Apple’s latest flagship phone — which is the fastest phone on the market. And when it went off store shelves starting June 2007, Apple managed to sell 1.4 million of the original iPhone in just six months till the end of the year. The demand for the device was insane!
The result was a product that was an instant hit and has till date has sold over 120 crore units around the world, making Apple the most profitable and valuable company on the planet.
Right now, Apple may be battling multiple iPhone lawsuits and demands for making its flagship device less addictive for kids. But what doesn’t change is the iPhone’s legacy and Steve Jobs’ vision more than a decade ago.
In many respects, we wouldn’t have the Androids and Samsung handsets we use to access the Internet and live an empowered digital life circa 2017, if it weren’t for the iPhone. It literally changed the world.