Today is the 7th anniversary of the iPhone introduction and I cannot believe it was that long ago. I remember the day well, almost in disbelief that it was actually happening. Our site was built a good eight months before Jobs took the stage, but it was more wishful thinking. As an old-school Apple fan, the mere thought of an Apple phone was exciting. Having it actually happen was beyond words.
Back then, we went by the name everythingiPhone, a domain that I purchased $225 in April of 2006. Shortly thereafter, we setup the forums and hoped for the day when Apple would make it a reality. Back then, smartphones were for nerd types and I count myself among them. The Motorola Q and Palm Treo 700p were my phones of choice. To think, Palm back then was the more Apple-like of the smartphone choices. Phone innovation moved at a snails pace. You’d be lucky if Palm released one software update a year and it wasn’t exactly a move from iOS 6 to iOS 7. These were more of the bug fix variety. Not to discount those early devices, as I still have a fond place in my heart for Palm and a box in the attic for the phones.
The month previous to the announcement, Gizmodo ran a story about how there was going to be big iPhone news. That news was Linksys announcing a product called the iPhone, which was a Wireless-G phone that was Skype compatible. With an actual product called the iPhone announced in December, it seemed less and less likely that Apple would release an iPhone or if they did, it would be called something else. As I followed the live blogs of the event, I thought the chances of an Apple phone were slim and none. Those were the days when little was known about Apple’s plans, before phones were dropped on bar room floors and parts get leaked months before a product is officially introduced.
Here’s the video of the event and what transpired seven years ago today.
An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator… these are NOT three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is.
What happened seven years ago today forever changed the trajectory of smartphones. Instead of Microsoft and Palm, Apple became the stewards of mobile computing for the next generation. To think, where would we be if there wasn’t an iPhone?
What was your first iPhone and what phone were you using when Apple made the introduction seven years ago today?