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    10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

    10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

    Monday January 9, 2017 12:01 am PST by Joe Rossignol
    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the day Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco. In what has become one of the most iconic moments in Apple's storied history, Jobs teased the device as if it were three separate products: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device.


    Apple began selling the iPhone six months later, and nearly a decade later, the company has now sold well over 1 billion of them to customers around the world. iPhone sales continued to rise on an annual basis until 2016, when the smartphone experienced its first-ever year-over-year sales decline amid a down year for Apple. Nevertheless, the iPhone remains Apple's most successful product ever, accounting for 60% of the company's overall revenue last quarter.

    "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," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come."




    Apple upended the mobile phone industry that was then dominated by earlier entrants such as Nokia and BlackBerry, two companies that are effectively out of the market today. Jobs poked fun at "smartphones" of the era, quipping they were "not so smart" and "not so easy to use," while criticizing outdated hardware features such as physical keyboards and styli. In turn, he introduced revolutionary new features such as Multi-Touch to big rounds of applause.

    Since then, Apple has improved the iPhone each year by adding several new features:• 2008: App Store and 3G network support
    • 2009: Video recording and Personal Hotspot
    • 2010: Retina display
    • 2011: Siri and iCloud
    • 2012: Taller 4-inch screen, Lightning connector, and LTE
    • 2013: Touch ID
    • 2014: Larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens
    • 2015: 3D Touch, Live Photos, and 4K video recording
    • 2016: Waterproofing and dual-lens camera on iPhone 7 Plus
    "It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today's newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged. For many of us, iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing.

    2017 is expected to be a big year for the iPhone, with rumors suggesting at least one new model will feature glass casing with a curved OLED display. The device may sport a nearly bezel-less edge-to-edge design with no physical Home button, but rather Touch ID embedded directly into the display as both patented by Apple and technologically possible. Other rumored features include wireless charging, facial or iris recognition, and a vertical dual-lens camera capable of 3D photography effects.
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    Re: 10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

    Still have mine in the 'museum"!


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    Re: 10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

    Amazin' that it's only 10 years!!! Seems like a lifetime (until I think about carbon paper, mimeograph machines, & gas at 5 cents a gallon!).

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    Re: 10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

    Surprised that it charged, booted up and got right on WiFi!


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    Re: 10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

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    The iPhone Rumors Are Right…Finally

    By DAVID POGUE JANUARY 9, 2007 3:49 PMJanuary 9, 2007 3:49 pm
    Steve Jobs said the iPhone would “reinvent” the telecommunications sector.

    OK, so after three years of being wrong, the rumor sites were finally right. Now there IS an Apple cellphone. Or, rather, will be one in June.
    There has never been a Macworld Expo keynote speech quite like the one Steve Jobs just gave, one that was devoted entirely to a single product. Nothing about Macs, nothing about new iPods, not even a word about the iLife software suite or Mac OS X “Leopard.”
    But you can see why; there was enough to show and tell about the iPhone to fill the full 2.5 hours—and to justify the standing ovation the crazed Applephiles gave it.
    It’s quite a device. It’s a hair taller and wider than a Treo but thinner, sleeker and of course much more beautiful (4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46). The front is glossy black; the back is brushed silver. There’s not much on the front but a 3.5-inch touch screen with incredibly high resolution—160 pixels per inch (320 by 480)—and not much on the brushed-silver back except a two-megapixel camera lens. (Only the Apple logo is mirror finish; it doubles as the self-portrait mirror.)
    There’s just an unbelievable amount of technology in this thing: a proximity sensor that turns off the screen (both illumination and touch sensitivity) when you’re holding to your head. An accelerometer that rotates the screen 90 degrees when you turn the phone in your hand. An ambient light sensor that brightens the screen in bright light.
    And a touch screen that lets you perform two-finger gestures—for example, you pinch your thumb and forefinger to shrink a photo, or widen them to enlarge it, exactly as pioneered by multi-touch pioneer Jeff Han, whom I wrote about last August.

    As you’ve probably already heard, the phone is also a 4 or 8-gigabyte iPod, capable of playing music, photos and video; a full-blown Wi-Fi or cellular Internet screen, complete with Safari Web browser, “push” e-mail supplied free from Yahoo, and threaded SMS messaging that looks and sounds exactly like Apple’s chat program, iChat.
    In other words, it’s not what you’d normally think of as a cellphone. It has elements of a desktop computer (it actually runs a version of Mac OS X), a wireless Internet tablet, and an Archos-type pocket video player.
    But what you can’t get from any printed description is how it’s all sewn together with typical Apple polish and grace, with delicious animations and gorgeous graphics. (The crowd went nuts when Steve Jobs demonstrated how you scroll through your iTunes music list: you flick your finger upward or downward on the screen. The list flashes by, slowly coming to a stop like a roulette wheel.)
    Now, there will be plenty of people who will pass on the iPhone: people who have no Cingular service where they live (that’s the exclusive carrier); who are disappointed that, as a GSM phone, the cellular Internet service is slow; who find the iPhone too big (though incredibly tiny for what it does, it’s big for a phone); who would prefer typing e-mail with a dedicated thumb keyboard than hunting and pecking with one finger on the iPhone’s on-screen keys; and who consider $500 too much for a phone.
    Everyone else, however, will be beating a path to the iPhone’s door. The iPod showed us how breathtaking beauty and effortless simplicity can trump any number of practical quibbles in the real-world marketplace.
    This thing will go through the roof, exactly according to Apple’s master plan. Prepare for a replay of the iPod lifecycle: other cellphone companies will rush out phones that match the iPhone’s feature list, but will fail to appreciate the importance of elegant, effortless, magical-feeling software.
    The hard part will be waiting for June to come.

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    Re: 10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Surprised that it charged, booted up and got right on WiFi!
    I'm surprised that you're surprised.

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