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It was 5 years ago today when Steve Jobs took the wraps off the Apple iPhone

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It was 5 years ago today when Steve Jobs took the wraps off the Apple iPhone
While we are in the business of looking ahead, especially as CES 2012 opens, we can take a look back at this date in 2007 when Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone at MacWorld Expo to a very enthusiastic crowd. "We're going to make some history together today," said Apple's CEO at the time, and he was right on the money.

While LG may claim the Prada is the first touchscreen phone, the original Apple iPhone was announced earlier and is what changed the modern market - it had a superb UI that was intuitive and yet advanced, the phone was buttery smooth and pinch-to-zoom showed how gestures could play a part on a touchscreen device. Instead of having a WAP browser which was usually the norm at the time, Jobs wanted Apple's smartphone to have a real browser (although one could argue that with the lack of Flash, mobile Safari never did bring a perfect desktop functionality to the phone).

The OG Apple iPhone also offered Wi-Fi connectivity, a feature missing in many smartphones of the day. While the popular Palm Treo had a $99 Wi-Fi SD Card, it didn't work with many of the phone's features including the browser. Even as late as October 2008, the BlackBerry Storm 9530 was launched sans Wi-Fi. Today, you would be hard pressed to name a smartphone without it.

Early iPhone Killers

Early iPhone Killers

That is not to say that the Apple iPhone launched with all of the features that other models had. The lack of 3G on the first-gen iPhone meant that browsing was sluggish outside of Wi-Fi supported areas, and You Tube videos were blurry and hard to view over EDGE. GPS was not a feature on that first model and MMS was not supported until iOS 3 was released. To this day, the iPhone lacks a microSD slot and a removable battery. While native third party apps were not a part of the first-gen device, Apple made sure that plenty built-in apps were included. According to one calculation, those apps would have cost a Windows Mobile user about $454.

Once it became clear that the Apple iPhone was a success, other manufacturers tried to copy it. Many so-called "iPhone killers" ended up on Verizon as AT&T had exclusivity on Apple's smartphone. The LG Voyager offered up an internal and external resistive touchscreen in a clamshell form factor, and was the first featurephone with an HTML browser. While never a real threat to the iPhone, it did have 3G, stereo Bluetooth, live television and a luscious QWERTY keyboard-all things that Apple's device could not match. Other phones came and went like the LG Dare and the Samsung Instinct for Sprint, but none could match the total experience of the Apple iPhone.

Five years later and the Apple iPhone remains the one single device in the smartphone world that most look at as the gold standard. While Android has proven to be more than just a mere challenger, there is no denying the excitement that builds in the community with every new iPhone launch. Since that first model, users can now install apps from the AppStore, ask questions to Siri and get an answer back along with many other added features that no one could have foreseen 5 years ago today.

On that day 5 years ago, when Steve Jobs held the Apple iPhone, no one could have guessed what would happen to the handset and the smartphone business in general over the next half decade. Now, as 2012 begins and the Apple iPhone is on the cusp of perhaps its biggest redesign yet, what will the handset be like after the next five years?

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:07 13

1. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


And in 2012, 5 years later, it's stil looks the same, same 3G, same size, same display of icons, same ui, same RAM, bigger processor, better camera and siri. Same boring phone 5 years later!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:18 10

3. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


exactly, thats why I left and moved on to android. Never looked back

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:12 4

11. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


you are so right !
lol
never apple !!!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 12:23 5

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


never looked back?..please... look at you.. flocking Apple articles like seagulls on bread

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:52 1

44. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


hm i dont remember the original iphone being 9.3 mm thick, having black on both sides, having 14 mb 3g, search/notifications, 1 gig ram… seriously.. how can u say the iphone has not changed? and honestly, its already near perfect for many people (obviously millions and millions of people) why would they make something that is radically new.. its done the same evolution android has…

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:14 10

2. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1086; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I will say that the iPhone changed how we view Smartphones today.......still dont care for the Iphone, but I have to give Steve Jobs his props

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:18 2

4. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


i bet you're excited on what the next iPhone is gonna look like and what it will have under its hood..

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:29 5

7. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I would imagine the design of the iphone will be apple's priority.

In terms of Ios i doubt they will change much, it would be to risky. I doubt they will add widgets or some type of style, it will just be the same old IOS.

All apple can really do with the iphone is create more native apps like siri, the trouble with creating an OS that is a simple closed eco-system is that you restrict your ability to progress and add functionality

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:21

5. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I would like to note that my launch Samsung Insticnt had WiFi out of the box but was later disabled via a software update.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:23

6. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I love that it literally says "works like magic". Nothing against the iPhone or Steve Jobs it just made me laugh.

Granted, at the time it pretty much did work like magic. It's amazing what we've become accustomed to as far as electronics is concerned.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:34 7

8. immi.shk (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


@phonearena
you need to get your history corrected...
the first touchscreen phone was Nokia 7710 released in 4Q 2004 where as Prada ke850 ws in jan 2007...
and it also also first phone with full HTML (A REAL BROWSER) browser with Flash(6) support...

regards
immi.shk

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:55

9. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


yes Nokia 7710 is really a perfect phone.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 12:25 1

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


and Christopher Columbus didnt discover America... cry me a river...

regards..
me

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:16

39. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Yeah, he didn't. Not sure how making a second statement that isn't true is backing up your case, but hey... go ahead.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:24 2

41. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


that the true doesnt matter... it is what it is

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 20:02

46. stealthd (unregistered)


They meant first capacitive-touchscreen phone. Resistive screens were crap.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:12 3

10. Jericho (unregistered)


Dude the phonearena is talking about a capacitive touch screen and by the way if samsung copied apple's icons than apple have copied lg no more magic just copying. Apple just made it famous just like any other technology and i respect apple for that but love samsung when they make a video ad about apple. Samsung's boots to apple's ass.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:26 2

12. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


It still is the gold standard in name recognition, sales, and is a very dependable device. It's UI is smooth, easy to understand, and like an old friend to those that love it. Its secure system is making it a competitor to Blackberry in the professional world, its camera is still the top point and shoot on many sites like Flickr, and if you are an app driven consumer, you are probably an iPhone admirer. There are still advantages to the iPhone, it is not just the name. It is easy to criticize it, but of you have to admire its successes.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:50 4

15. remixfa (Posts: 14594; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple is not secure compared to BB or even android. That is why the government still hasnt given permission for employees to use apple, but yet android and BB have permission. Dont confuse dudes at work syncing some email and high corporate security email

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 12:32

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


gallito's keyword :
STILL... which is not set in stone yet... obviously if they stil doing test is because BB are on life support and Android... well is Android... lets keep testing...

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 12:37

25. remixfa (Posts: 14594; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and gallito.. gallito lives in an alternate universe. :)

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:52

35. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


if it was posible I would...

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:35 1

13. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


"Boy have we patented it"

Okay, Steve Jobs definitely had a crystal ball somewhere, because looking back 5 years later thats exactly what they did!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:37 1

14. Thefraggot (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


N80 had wifi in 2006

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:57 3

16. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Very good article that was written, Android has been definitely a good competitor but sometimes as someone else put it...it's easy to understand and will always work the same way for you. Apple doesn't promotes numbers of triple cores and 40mp cameras as Android does...but if Android has all that and still a broken system that needs work but both Apple and Android have come far.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:54 1

37. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


oh really they havent promoted their dual core and magical 8mp camera ?really ?

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:59 3

17. krazdjokr26 (unregistered)


you can count on android users to comment on an apple article. lol... i have been an android user for 2 and a half years i must say since i purchased an ipad 2 months ago i will be taking my talents to apple for my next smartphone. lol i have the htc evo 3d by the way... i wanted to upgrade to some of the newer heavy hitters but as soon as i get my eyes set on one here comes 5 more new and improved handsets lol. smh... too much choice and customization/widgets really get old afterwhile... tell the truth, how many of you actually use the widgets besides the "people" or "bookmarks"??? ICS looks really awesome though but i believe i'll be just fine with an iphone. I would say the only thing thats holding me back is that 3.5 inch screen on the iphone. Just that one significant change on the iphone 5 would make thousands of android users switch over to iphone. just my opinion....

why are there always 30+ comments on apple articles from android users... but less than 10 comments on android articles??? seems like the grass is greener on the other side... hmmm???

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 11:43 4

18. remixfa (Posts: 14594; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


"goo much choice and customization gets old".
wait... what????? what kind of dillhole is BORED with being able to chose things? its more exciting to be told what u can and cant have???
In soviet russia, you dont choose smartphone, smartphone choose you!!

To answer your question, my phone screens are 80% widgets. If your not using widgets its because u dont know how to use ur phone, or you havent spent any time in the market downloading apps. That isnt going to magically change because u switch to a new OS.. lol

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 12:01 3

19. chadrick0814 (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


"Too much choice and customization." Yea....freedom sucks! I guess to your other point just as noted in the article, apple gets a lot of comments because of people's hatred of how they operate. For example, you state that you will be switching to the iPhone from the evo 3d. If you switch to the 4s which came out after the evo 3d, you will lose 4g, Bluetooth file transfer, SD card expansion, drag and drop of files, HDMI via mhl, just to name a few things. Yet, apple has you convinced that the grass is greener on the other side and choice is bad. Everyone comments on their articles because no one believes that people are still so taken by devices missing so many features and android's 50% marketshare isnt 90%. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 12:20 2

20. bucky (Posts: 2994; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


really? I always thought it was an insecurity. Besides, 99 percent of android phones cant compete with the iphone.

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