When the iPhone was first introduced, everybody instantly fell in love with it. Who wouldn’t? It looked so sleek and modern. The features were just different from what the normal phones back then were offering and Steve Jobs really knew how to make everyone with an internet connection want it.
Before the iPhone, we had flip phones but when Apple launched what would be its most celebrated product ever, the mobile phone industry changed. As soon as it was commercially available, everybody just had to have their hands on the new iPhone.
Steve Jobs made the whole world know on January 9, 2007 what the iPhone was all about: a “revolutionary product”. He described it as “a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.”
Source: Popular Science
Apple certainly became one of the biggest tech companies and led the mobile phone industry. By the time the company discontinued selling the original model, more than six million units were sold already. Over SIX MILLION PEOPLE paid $500 each and those who couldn’t afford it clearly felt envious. If not all, most of them were anyway.
Remember how people reacted when it came out 10 years ago?
is wondering how many people are going to pay $500 for an Apple iPhone
— Growler Guy (@growler_guy) January 10, 2007
amazed (after watching the Ten) at how *massive* the iphone is. Yeah, thin, but width? height? SMS ability?
— George Wright (@georgie) January 9, 2007
Waiting for Bono to call Jobs on the new iPhone
— Peter Gornell (@procksi) January 9, 2007
Is already slightly annoyed at the word "iPhone" and thinks before seeing one (in 10 monthes or so) he'll definitely hate the thing.
— Riccardo Cambiassi (@bru) January 9, 2007
Weeping the impending loss of my beautiful Nokia 8800 for the Apple iPhone.
— Aaron Khoo (@aklw) January 9, 2007
10 years later, the iPhone is still one of the most wanted phones wherever you go. Whenever the company releases a new iPhone, everybody lines up at the Apple store to buy a new one. In a memorial post by CEO Tim Cook, he 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. iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”
(CEO Tim Cook introducing the iPhone 7)
We cannot wait to see what the company is offering us once they release it’s 10th anniversary iPhone special.