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Happy Birthday, Apple iPhone

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Happy Birthday, Apple iPhone
In two days, it will be the fifth birthday of the Apple iPhone. In the nearly 5 years since June 29th 2007, 250 million units of the phone have shipped and the product alone creates $30 billion in profit every year. In fact, this one device is larger than Microsoft which itself was once considered so large that the government tried to break it up into pieces. It is hard to imagine a world without the Apple iPhone. While five years ago the product did not exist, today it generates revenues of $25 billion per quarter or $100 billion a year.

The Apple iPhone has changed the lives of millions of people with new businesses created for the phone. Developers, case manufacturers, competing platforms, the Apple iPhone has spawned a large number of businesses related to the handset. Besides building up businesses, the Apple iPhone has been Godzilla-like, destroying companies as well. Consider that competitors like RIM and Nokia are heading south, and Palm is already dead.

The OG Apple iPhone

The OG Apple iPhone

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone was the motivation behind the creation of some amazing smartphones that 5 years ago would have seemed like magic. Take the 4.8 inch display on the Samsung Galaxy S III. Where the 3.5 inch screen on the iPhone was once considered "generous," it is now seen as being small which is why the new version of the phone is expected to have a larger screen. Had the Apple iPhone never come to market, there still might have been an Android, but it would not be the same touch screen-centered OS that we know today.

Finally, the Apple iPhone helped make Apple the most valuable company on the face of the earth. 15 years ago, Apple was having serious problems which is hard to believe since today the company's stock is close to $600 a share. The Apple iPhone turned a staid piece of electronics into a highly desirable product and a status symbol. And regardless if you own an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy S III or a Nokia Lumia 900, it all dates back to June 29th 2007 with the launch of the Apple iPhone and the beginning of the modern mobile revolution. Happy fifth Birthday, Apple iPhone.

We found some videos that bring back the atmosphere of those days. Check them out, below.



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posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:31 17

1. Birds (Posts: 958; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Well that is one spoiled 5 year old child. She is always trying to get her parents to sue rivals because they are better than she is....She needs to be banned...I meant grounded.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:37 7

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


uhm, I think it's the ancestor. He was the revolutionary one... until the sons and sons sucked more and more and ruined the name of the great one...

yup, I used to like the iPhone.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:32 6

19. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Me too, loved the 3GS, until Apple started to suck and sue everyone. Not to mention the fanboys urgh.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:22

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That kind of sounds like incest. The original iPhone was revolutionary but the iPhone's spawns mixed up & are all now defective. Kind of what the children of brother & sister copulation would be like.

GROSS!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:29 2

29. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its five years old and it looks like it hasn't aged (changed ;-) ) a day,that's not actually a good thing for this kinda birthday!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:35 1

2. ryq24 (Posts: 469; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


the end of the world for nokia!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:37 7

3. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)


Happy birthday iPhone...
...arena

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:38 14

5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


The Apple iPhone has been one of the most influencial products within our civilization! They have their flaws just like Android, Windows, and Blackberry...........but no one wouldve thought that the invention of the iPhone would spark the other 3 to "step their game up" I dont like Apple, but I have alot of respect for what they do and what theyve done to both the mobile operating system and mobile phone industries respectively

Seems like decades ago that the original iPhone appeared on AT&T

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:02 2

49. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I only respect the first generation of iPhone up to 3GS.. after that, it was all about greed and domination.. sucky apple..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:39 5

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


The original iPhone was indeed revolutionary.

iPhone 3G was a good product - added 3G and the app store.

Anything afterwards not including the iPhone 4 retina display added only small incremental improvements.

And no - Siri doesn't count since Voice commands have been on Android since 2.1 afaik..

Where is your revolution, Apple? Where is this software which is "at least 5 years ahead of anything currently available"? Android met and exceeded iOS in capabilities in version 1.5 - in 2009.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:49 4

11. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


dude chill out for a day...lol

enjoy the article for what it is... everyone knows Android has advanced past iOS there's no dispute about that...

dont you have an iPhone? lol

hug your phone kiss it and wish it a happy birthday for crying out loud...lol

when your next upgrade comes up save up some money and buy you an android phone GEEZ!!!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:10 3

16. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Oh no Sir. I will sell my iPhone. Then I will stomp on the box, smash it to pieces and was the remains down the toilet.

There is no "next upgrade" for me. I'm not from the US. We don't get phones for the price of candy here. Here you gotta buy a phone for 700 - 1200$ with the hard cash.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:21 1

17. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


wow i understand your position then...

its expensive to buy phones where you're from...

i guess its best to research a phone before you buy it...

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:29 1

18. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Yup. I just assumed Apple would open up the platform given Android's dominance. But nooooo.

Never touching an Apple product again.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:50 1

23. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


If you believed that I have a bridge to sell you?

Anyway illia your assement on the each iphone was actually fair. Remember the s models are only meant to be incramental upgrades. Android does that to. Think of bionic to razr. The og iphone, iphone 3g, 4, and the next upgrade are the big ones.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:02

25. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Yes but if the software is stuck in 2009 feature-wise - hardware doesn't matter that much.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:23 1

28. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Well apple can only change there os so much since people are used to it. They won't win over many hardcore users by playing androids game so they are staying loyal to the fanbase they have. However i can honestly say that there isn't one feature my phone doesn't have that i want.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:34 1

30. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You are then one of the rare people who want only what the iPhone can offer.

And software is meant to evolve in look and feel. Just like you won't wear one set of clothes for life no matter how comfortable they are.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:32 2

40. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I would say I'm in the majority

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:35 1

41. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I am with biophone

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 19:54

58. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


No one gives a sh*t, everybody hates you. Please end your life ASAP, preferably with fire.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:38

42. ilia1986 (unregistered)


And you would be wrong. Android sales kinda prove that.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:07 1

44. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I can do everything on my iPhone you can do on your android phone.

iPhone has evolved exponentially since 2009

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:59 1

48. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5447; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Android is Open Source and iOS isn't Open Source and that's !00% proves that you can't do everything! ;)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:09

50. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


then share on facebook your accomplishments!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:21 1

53. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Then open your SD card folder, taco. Oh, wait.. :)

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 19:56

59. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LOL, that is FUNNY. You can do 90% of what an android phone can do, after you unlock it and void your warranty.
Jesus christ taco, I swear you're getting dumber and more delusional by the hour.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:39 1

7. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Halle-f**king-lujah.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:42

8. ChafedBanana (Posts: 355; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I like how towards the end of the 2nd video they show Hansel in the walk off from Zoolander. Freakin' hilarious.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:46 1

9. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Happy Birthday iPhone!

This phone changed the game... and caused other phone makers to spin technology that creates devices now that are amazing... (Samsung, HTC, Nokia and a few others have created superb devices since the original iPhone)

it's good to see the iPhone still competing after all this time with small upgrades. i'm happy I got one. good phone!

they should give away free apps in the app store...lol

or 50% off or something!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:58 1

33. Schuler28 (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Why would Apple do that, there greedy? Duh.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:48 2

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Happy bday iPhone! Looking forward to the next gen.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:54 3

12. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Judge Koh is a mistress of Apple that is why she banned Samsung Tab from America.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:54 2

13. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


can you imagine someone coming to your birthday gathering not to wish you happy birthday but to tell you how much of a loser you are? hahahahaha

thats what some of you are doing in this article...lol

WOW much hate on a good day like this...lol i would think you would just skip over this article if you arent willing to offer your best wishes for the product life of this phone...

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:09

34. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Dude its a phone, wishing it a happy birthday is pointless anyway. One with no life can have no birth.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:26 1

36. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


then why wish a phone to die and rot in hell..?...

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:51

51. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Not sure what you are referring too. I never used those words...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 19:57

60. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


No, we wish that on YOU and all......"people".....like you. Get on it and f*cking DIE ALREADY.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:57

14. Synack (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Happy birthday iPhone, you might be getting more mature and growing up in age but not in functionality!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:09

15. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Happy birthday Apple....from Annoying Orange! Apple iPhone? NO.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:33 4

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I don't think it counts as a birthday if you stopped growing after 1 year.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:27 1

37. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


i havent grown an inch since my 24th birthday thank you for information.. now I know how old I am

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 20:00 1

62. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Holy sh*t you're 24+ years old and you still type and talk like a punch drunk chimp with downs syndrome. Your skuul muzt beE sew PRowde!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:08 1

45. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Totally detached from reality

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 19:58

61. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


As a crazy delusional person who makes up their own reality, you would know.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:35 1

21. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


Happy Birthday iPhone! I'm crying right now!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:28

38. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


hahahahaha!!!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:44 3

22. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Typing this on my iphone feels so right. I even watched the videos. I remember how cool the original iphone was but since i'm on verizon i didn't get one till the 4:(. I did get the orginal ipod touch and ios has always been such a beatuiful os.its great to see the iphone is still on top with the competition and soon the sixth generation of the device will be here.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:10 1

46. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I'm excited for the new iPhone and what it will bring. My first iPhone was the 3GS. I switched from Verizon to AT&T to get it. Im now back on VZW with the 4S.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 22:21 1

55. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I'm stuck trying to figure out how i will pay for the next iphone

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:54 1

24. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


it seems like more andriod users commented than actual iphone users

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:10 2

47. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


As usual they're jealous of the iPhone and it's success

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:54 1

52. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yawn...The pot calling the kettle black

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:08 4

26. jibraihimi (Posts: 649; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Happy Birthday iPhone................. Guys stop hating iPhone atleast on her birthday, wish her your good wishes, and hope that from now onwards she will grow up nicely................ :)
Whatever you guys say, but it's fact that iPhone really changed the smartphone world, I remember the time when I purchased my first iPhone, it was iPhone 3g to be precise. The moment I switched it on and started using it, I loved the touch of the screen, it was so different from all those capacitive screens out there, the clarity of screen at that time was just awesome, then the phone was so simple to use, no number of settings to go through again and again, and once you had your data settings in place, all the apps automatically connected to net, they didn't bothered you again and again which network to use to connect to internet( like what is standard in symbian). There was everything in that time in iPhone to like it, and above all competions didn't existed at that time.................... Today if we are seeing everything going touch screen, then you should remember that this fad was started by iPhon. iPhone really redefined the word smartphone. Though how much greedy Apple has become, but we should give credit where it's due.......... Hope Apple will leave it stubborness, and let smartphone world evolve more and more by letting the competition to exist peacefully. Apple should not forget that, if it's competitors had not helped it, and had Linux community stopped it from using modified version of Linux, then they would not be existing now. So instead of trying to stop competitiors exist, Apple should bring out more innovation in their products, try to learn from their competitors, this will make them more lovable, and people will throng in more larger lines to purchase their product. Hope the change in their nature will slowly come into their ethics with the new CEO Tim cook.............. Wish you happy evolving birthday iPhone......... :)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:37 2

31. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Happy Birthday!!! And...THANK YOU!!!!!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:41 1

32. bubbadoes (Posts: 320; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Five years old and still the same looks and specs and feautures...ok display and camera has improved immensely but other than that still tiny..no flash. No customization no turn by turn gps. No hdmi. No extra storage sd card..inless ylu shell out the extra bucks for the 64 gb version..dull blue background...no ram....so so processor....battery mah unknown to mankind....what else...and this was the same way five years ago...

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:19

35. gwhyte01 (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Happy bir......wtf. the title of this post makes me wanna gag.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:30

39. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I gotta say although i am an android fanboy, the iphone was well how do I say it amazing....

2 years ago :DDDD

it still is good, but it is no match to today's android phones

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:59

43. jove39 (Posts: 1246; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


well...we should appreciate Apple for launching iPhone 5 years ago...which pushed other manufacturers and Google to enter a market where Apple envisioned monopoly...Thanks Apple for triggering a never ending tech war and and making Google give us Android :)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 16:02

54. beillax (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I can't believe it's already been 5 years! I remember my first iPhone 3Gs and I loved it coming from a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G. I have been loyal to Apple ever since. The iPhone is the perfect phone for me. My MyTouch never wanted to work properly. Hopefully the iPhone 5 brings some new hardware changes!

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