January 9, 2007:
"Three things - a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communication device.” “And we call it iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” (Steve Jobs, 10 years ago)
And that they did.
After the initial hesitation towards using a touchscreen device that did nothing “much” and was ridiculously expensive, the iPhone gained momentum through it’s iconic design principles, simplicity, convenience and most importantly, it’s power to connect. It was a revolutionary device in every way - the tech industry reshaped itself around the iPhone. Android development was scrapped and a new version of Android, made for touch screens, had to be created. Nokia/Windows and Blackberry followed along with touchscreen devices. Even Apple had to redo the iPod to make the iPod Touch.
As years went by, newer editions of the iPhone marvelled Jobs’ audience, and then the world.
We’ve come a long way, and who knows what the future of the iPhone if going to be? 10 years down, when we remember the original iPhone again, we will be surprised at how much has changed since then.
Indeed, the iPhone is a revolutionary device - be it 2007 or 2017.
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