Celebrating 10 years of iPhone


Did you know that exactly 10 years ago the first ever iPhone was unveiled. Celebrating this milestone Apple said:

“iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live. (…) it set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”

This new innovative gadget launched by Steve Jobs has been a clever combination of 3 in 1: iPod to enjoy music, mobile phone to make calls and last but not least an internet tool to endlessly browse and communicate online (and not forgetting about a quality camera included but that would make it 4 in 1 ). It’s been developed in top secret as an evolution of an iPod. But how many early adopters of this revolutionary touch interface phone (that actually hasn’t been a first ever touchscreen phone as many believe) understood that history is being made?

iPhone supremacy – how much longer though?

Today, 10 years on, over 1 billion users around the world carry iPhones in their hands. Sales of this device has been continuously growing, with each launch creating a massive hype and excitement. It was only in 2016, when the smartphone experienced its first-ever year-over-year sales decline. But it still remains Apple’s most successful product ever, accounting for 60% of the company’s overall revenue. {Source: Mac Rumors}

But alongside ever growing iPhone capabilities, the Android devices market continued its development. And contrary to the Apple phones, considered as ever so pricey, the average Android phone costs kept on falling and are now roughly a third of the average iPhone. Today analysts predict that Apple reached it’s peak and the future of this giant is bleak.

“Apple lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation (AI, cloud-based services, messaging); instead will become more reliant than ever on the iPhone … We believe Apple is about to embark on a decade-long malaise. The risks to the company have never been greater.”  {Business Insider}

First ever – key transformative technology of the decade

Today however is all about a festive Happy birthday cheer. With 13 models released to date: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 7S each of them brought a plethora of ‘first ever’ technology and features. Here are some of the most interesting and sometimes surprising facts:

  • In 2007 the first ever iPhone  has been predicted to be big: “Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” said Steve Jobs. But interestingly original iPhone had no third-party apps, no GPS and no video recording.
  • The iPhone however was the first phone that shipped with multi touch display, allowing users perform many natural gestures, such as rotating image {Quora}
  • The iPhone was also the first phone that came with data plans bundled. Back then data has been very expensive. {Quora}
  • It seems that not every year Apple was able to create something new for each iPhone launch. Every odd-numbered year brought us ‘S’ model of the previous year’s phone with a very few upgrades and usually the same design and chassis. {T3}
  • iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus has the biggest screen ever, with a display of 5.5 inches from corner to corner.
  • You might have already heard this one: all the iPhones in the iPhone advertisements show the time 9:41. This is the time when Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in 2007. {Styleandgeek}

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