IPhones are today the most popular range of smartphones in the world, with over a billion users worldwide. Apple introduced the iPhone 13 series in September 2021, but the beginning was marked by the first iPhone unveiled on January 9, 2007. It’s been 15 years since the first iPhone (Gen 1) was introduced to the world at the 2007 MacWorld event by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. .
The debut of the iPhone marked a change in technology, especially in a world then dominated by BlackBerry phones with a physical keyboard. Coincidentally, BlackBerry recently discontinued support for all BlackBerry OS smartphones earlier this month.
For technology enthusiasts, it’s always special to watch the original Jobs speech of 2007 – the beginning of a new era for the company itself. The iPhone was not only the beginning of a new smartphone revolution, but it was also the end of the company’s most successful iPod music player.
There are many podcasts, books and documentaries that talk about the events behind the scenes of the first iPhone. The original model, for example, was planned to have a plastic screen; Jobs, known for his efficiency and attention to detail, however, decided on the spur of the moment to have a glass screen on the phone. A few months before the official announcement, the iPhone started using Corning tempered glass. Today, Corning is a leading glassmaker, and many smartphones use its solid Gorilla glass.
The first generation iPhone had a finish of silver brushed aluminum and 4 GB of internal memory. It had only one camera at the back and 15 applications like contacts, camera, voice memos, actions, Google Maps, weather, settings and more. Interestingly, the original iPhone did not allow users to copy or paste options. Users also could not record videos with the original iPhone.
It started with a starting price of $ 499. With adjusted inflation, the price today would be around 600 euros. The phone went on sale in the United States on June 29, and Apple sold its millionth iPhone on September 10, 2007 – 74 days after its initial launch.