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The original Apple iPhone was unveiled by Steve Jobs exactly 9 years ago, relive the iconic keynote here

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The original Apple iPhone was unveiled by Steve Jobs exactly 9 years ago, relive the iconic keynote here

On this date, exactly 9 years ago on January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs took the stage of San Francisco's Moscone Center and announced a flurry of news: first of all, the company he co-founded changed its name from Apple Computer Inc. to Apple Inc., officially announced the Apple TV set-top box, and also made history by unveiling the gadget that subsequently turned into the corporation's bread and butter — the Apple iPhone.

Indeed, January 9, 2007, can be safely regarded as the iPhone's birthday, as it was today when all rumors were put to rest and the device became official. Actually, just before announcing the iPhone Steve Jobs seemingly "trolled" the audience by teasing three different devices, namely a "widescreen iPod with touch controls", a "revolutionary mobile phone", and a "breakthrough internet communicator". It was a couple of moments later when it became clear to just anyone in Moscone Center that these are not three separate devices, but one innovatively combining the features of the three aforementioned gadgets.

The original iPhone hit the shelves months later, on June 29, 2007, and it was priced at $499 for the 4 GB model, whereas the 8 GB model cost $599. Being a first-gen product, the device suffered from a few flaws, but in the end of the day, it was universally lauded as an innovative, breakthroug" device. Time magazine even named it Invention of the Year.

Nine years later, the iPhone family is still going strong on the verge of technology breakthrough. Its current iterations, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, are quite the improvement over the previous generation; in addition, the iPhone 7 that is coming later this year is already the subject of many a rumor, some of which are quite spicy and intriguing!

In relation to the announcement of the original iPhone 9 years ago, we thought that it will be most appropriate to once again relive the iconic keynote. Grab the popcorn, ladies and gents, and cue in Steve Jobs...

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posted on 09 Jan 2016, 07:29 18

1. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Let's be honest, All hatred aside, Steve Jobs in pictured is on the verge of revolutionizing cell phones for centuries to come...

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:08 8

4. ThePython (Posts: 887; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Let the haters complain, in a hundred years when people study about the technology of this century, Steve Jobs will be one of the key figures, and the trolls will just have been forgotten.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:54

11. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@ThePython I don't normally agree with you. But to this comment, I somewhat am!

Steve Jobs indeed is The Charles Babbage of the 21st Century...

BTW, Mr. Babbage invented the famous "Analytical Engine" in 1871 that brought a revolution in the world of computing... He's indeed the forefather of modern computers...

(A moment of silence for Jobs & Babbage)...

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 11:49

107. Jango (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


Let's be honest here, Steve is getting more credit than he EVER deserved. He didn't invent the cellphone. He didn't put internet on a handheld device. He didn't merge satellite navigation into a mobile telecoms device. He didn't produce the phone with the first colour display or a phone that can can capture images and video. All these things are great innovative breakthrough milestones in mobile technology and telecoms. He wasn't the first to introduce the idea of app store either. The only thing he DID do that others didn't do is still a controversial subject and arguably a backward step or another 'solution' to a non-problem. He got rid of a physical keyboard.

Steve was however an expert entrepreneur. That is a different non technology related matter altogether. He knew how to artificially create demand, desire, brand appeal and how to wildly popularise already existing tech, sometimes despite implementing/executing them worse than the current providers.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:18 7

19. Mr.Z. (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)


If Jobs would only take credit for what he really did for the industry, that would be more than enough But he also insists on taking credit away from everyone else for what they did, which I think is very unfortunate.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 13:31

64. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


all hatred aside in 10 years none of the teens or main users of iphone will know the name thats the way the generations work,
i like this iphone the basic first one never got it because my ipod kept crashing my laptop plus after the love of my life was killed by sprint, i was stuck with 2yr contract with the samsung instinct and was not gonna pay loads of money to leave and go to att that had bad service in my area.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:08

122. PopeFrancis (Posts: 59; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Replace "technology of this century" with "marketing techniques" and I fully agree.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:11 3

6. Bm888 (Posts: 490; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


" it's a phone, an ipod and Internet communicator".. Those words really thrilled mind boggling at the time... Even though I ain't an" i boy", the O iPhone changed the conceptualization overly of the smartphones and how they are like today... Well it's because of iPhones that we have better alternatives imo coz iPhones are used as baseline by other OEMs....

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:04 2

13. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@Bm888 Yes, if you know motorcycles then suffice to say that...:

iphone is The Honda CB750 (The Big Four!) of cell phones! No CB750 mean there'd be no BMW S1000RRs, No Kawasaki H2Rs or ZXRs, no Hayabusa... No nothing! There'd be only boring Parallel Twins ala Triumph Bonnevilles!

Anyone got my point? Or am I alone here?

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:40

23. Bm888 (Posts: 490; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


@GreenMan R.O.P... Constructive innovative competition is the daily driver of better technology and there has to be a "comparative baseline", which in smartphones is i phones...

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 10:07

29. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


@Greenman
@Bm888

iPhone isn't a comparative baseline in the smartphone industry - at least, not by innovations and performance.

Stop the crap talk!

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 10:53

40. Bm888 (Posts: 490; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


@Hexa-core truth is, it is, as much as I don't like it, android OEMs, especially Samsung, invest a lot in R&D to beat the hell out of Apple in all aspects of smartphones and so.. Am right to say that they compete with Apple and also base their bettering of technology to what Apple has and or invent new tech to be ahead of Apple.. But this is good for us consumers..

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 13:15 1

57. tedkord (Posts: 11614; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Absolutely. And, Apple has been forced into higher gear because of the competition. The past two years, their products weren't the de facto best. Most reviewers rated competitors higher. If not for the Android competition, the iPhone wouldn't be what it is today. There'd be no Apple Pay if Android hadn't done it first. There'd be no Plus series if not for Samsung popularizing the form.

It's give and take, and it benefits us.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 05:52

101. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


@Bm888
NO!!

Samsung is a supplier of different products like battery, display, chipset, camera sensor to many companies.
And Samsung needs to come up with the latest tech for those companies who buy from them.
That's what drives Sammy's R&D spendings up.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 09:08

104. uzimafioso (Posts: 317; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Those bikes you cant drive 400 km a day without breaking your back so no. I'd still go for a Dyna FXDX :p

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:18 1

7. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1543; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Agree, Steve is a freakin' genius.
While Apple is still great today, a part of it died with Steve Jobs.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:08 3

16. Mr.Z. (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)


"No he's not".

Honestly, Steve Jobs has not invented anything. I believe it's also unfair for people to give credit to Jobs for creating all of Apple's devices and ignoring all the engineers and workers who actually designed and created them. Jobs was not technical at all and did now know to how to program. I don't understand why everybody considers Jobs to be an innovator when he hasn't exactly created anything. The only thing I can give Jobs credit for is spawning over zealous apple fan boys.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:49 3

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


History remembers kings not warriors.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 10:13 6

30. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


History remembers Kings and their Army, hence it's warriors!

Try defending your iFruity harder. You've lost this one.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 10:23

33. Mr.Z. (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)


He always loses with you. And he never debates to you. And he says he's a techie.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 12:31 3

54. maherk (Posts: 3724; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


He never did, he says he is here for the tech news, but as far as I know, henever claimed to be a techie.

I know DJ doesn't need my defense, as someone who knows him off this site, he is fan of whatever is the best in the market, while he loves his Note 5, he still appreciate Apple, what's wrong with that?

And no he didn't win the debate, never did. It is always him trying to initiate a conversation with dj, but ALWAYS gets ignored.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 11:45 5

48. lex700 (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


@ Hexa-core, And who exactly is it that has declared you the winner???

Get over yourself!

And as your childish waffle regarding the iPhone not being a held as a benchmark in the smartphone industry in regards innovation and performance.....sheer nonsense!

Between your ridiculous username and your avatar is plainly obvious that your just another android fanboy with a chip on the shoulder, hence the relevance and validity of your comments is minimal at best.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 12:29

52. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's the post of the day man. +1

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 13:55

68. Mr.Z. (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)


And what about you. You're a iFruity boy.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 06:33 1

103. lex700 (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


And you drawing that conclusion based on??????

Nothing that's what.

I don't do this childish fanboy nonsense, I just like tech, could care less where it comes from, what is it runs or any of that prattle.

Can't say the same for Nexa-core mind, as such his comments are highly irrelevant....much like yours it would seem.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 12:21

113. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


What about you? Since you and arte are on this guys dick like a porn star.

Lol get completly dismantled

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 14:36

72. Mr.Z. (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)


O wait you hypocrisy.... When he calls out others making mistakes on their scripts, it's OK? But when Hexacore points out he's errors, that's OK. Joke.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 14:54 1

74. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Only mine wasn't a mistake fool.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 16:02 1

82. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Arte8800

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 13:18 1

58. tedkord (Posts: 11614; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But historians in the know realize the truth. Jobs was a genius at surrounding himself with the best, and driving them to their potential. But it's true, he didn't invent anything. He was basically a tech neophyte who poor his name on others' work.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 05:29 1

120. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


So very true, Darkk. Huge +1 on that.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 10:14 1

31. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1543; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You don't have to invent anything to be called a genius, sometimes you just have to lead.
It's not that we are giving all the credit to him, we also appreciate the hard work the people under him gave.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 10:52 3

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said bro. The article is about the unveiling of the iphone, which Steve unveiled. It's these stupid idiot trolls like hexa-core, and Mr.Z making it into a flame war debate.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 10:51 1

38. nodes (Posts: 725; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


people are trying really hard to convince the world that Jobs didn't invent a thing.
he was the one that had an idea of an ideal "smartphone", while others at those times were trying to put a full desktop OS into a size of a phone.

a genius, gifted programmer won't go anywhere without a leader with vision.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 10:53

41. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Truth.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 11:59 2

50. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4182; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I agree with you that he had many great ideas, but that doesn't make one an inventor. It is the people who make those ideas come to fruition that are the inventors. Anyone can have ideas, but without the knowledge to bring it to reality, it doesn't change anything.

I've always said that Jobs' main strengths lied in his ability to think outside the box and he was an excellent salesman. I give him credit for aselsembling the right people to make his ideas happen, but not for actual invention. He was the catalyst, but just as breakthroughs can't happen without a catalyst, a catalyst with nothing to catalyze is still only part of the equation.

As far as genius, gifted programmers, there are plenty who are successful without leaders. It's not like they just sit in a corner banging their head until someone comes along to give them direction. The real geniuses are the ones who have both ingenuity and vision.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 13:21 2

59. tedkord (Posts: 11614; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I have an idea about anti gravity packs that would allow you to transfer any item easily no matter how much mass it contains.

I have zero idea how to accomplish that. If someone else does, it doesn't make me a genius for thinking of it.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 15:07 1

77. LetThereBeLight (Posts: 80; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


@Mr.Z. He was an inventor. He invented iReligion and iGreediness

anyway i'm far from being an ifan but the credit goes for the app store i guess it is something that twisted things. And he was right about how user experience is important and he was right about these gadget's should look and feel quality. But he was wrong about the too strong brand managing which caused this useless WAR (and made them huge).

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 15:04

76. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Agreed yo.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 20:31

96. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 253; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


And he's still on the bleeding edge of tech. for centuries to come because he once said xyz while he was on the can.

btw 3g was so bad it didn't even have it
"Being a first-gen product, the device suffered from a number of flaws—poor 3G signal reception being one of the more serious one"

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 07:37 2

2. Sidewinder (Posts: 429; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


And it was just a ipod touch with phone functionality. But anyways there is no denying, this phone sparked a revolution in the smartphone industry

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:05 2

3. deanylev (Posts: 213; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


The iPod Touch was announced in the same keynote, so no, the iPod Touch was an iPhone without phone functionality.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:11 1

5. Mr.Z. (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)


I have the old Sony mp3 player, which has and sounds much quality frequencies than this iPod scrap. Everything from Apple is sub-standard. Overpriced hyped products.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:56

12. nctx77 (Posts: 1958; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


What does that have to do with the revolution of the iPhone? Besides, iPods and standalone music players are dead. Mainly because of the original iPhone......

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:52 1

9. nctx77 (Posts: 1958; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


No sir. Prior to the iPhone announcement, their was no iPod touch. There was also no multitouch. Bits and pieces of the original iPhone were in other products prior to it being released, but we had never seen it in one package. Multitouch and how responsive it was is what blew me away. It's funny how nine years later, phones are faster and features have been improved, but overall they still function exactly like this phone.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 13:23 1

61. tedkord (Posts: 11614; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


There in fact was multi-touch well before the iPhone. Apple not only didn't invent it (they bought a company that invented one form of it), they also didn't originate many of the gestures they claimed, such as pinch to zoom. It all existed years before the iPhone and outside of Apple with the people who actually pioneered it.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:22 12

8. AJtheAndroid (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Sick of seeing this article year after year...

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 08:53

10. nctx77 (Posts: 1958; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


You will be hearing it a lot more this year as we're coming up on the 10 year anniversary.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:14

17. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They usually post around September time but I guess the 9th anniversary of anything is always special.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:51 1

26. Hallyu (Posts: 394; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


I'm starting to see Phonearena is enslaved by Apple. So disappointed. :(

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 05:34

121. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Then don't click on it. Problem fixed.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:05

14. nctx77 (Posts: 1958; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Folks, think about how many products and industries this one little product ended. Prior to 2007, you still carried around a phone, camera(video), music player, map, etc. all of that got replaced by one device. Smartphones prior could do some of these things, but the experience was terrible and cumbersome or quality was subpar.

With all this said, I wonder what the next big thing is. My guess is self driving/electric cars which we have now and will continue to get better and become more mainstream.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:24 1

20. ibend (Posts: 4573; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


no :_
all high-end symbian have all of those (phone, camera, music player, map, and nice number of app) not to mention all those PDA's and other java based phone :-/
and they quality is not that far from 1st gen iPhone,
btw self driving and electric cars already available now, but apple have nothing to do with it

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:36

22. murali_v_2000 (Posts: 33; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Nonsense. It's obvious that most of the commercial products are trying to absorb as much of the the functionality of other products for its survival. Nothing so special about Apple.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 12:13

51. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4182; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I had fliphones prior to the iPhone that had a camera with video capability, a built in mp3 player, and it had a carrier's navigation app on board. In fact most dumbphones had that prior to the iPhone. Yes, the quality wasn't as good, but they were also in a smaller form factor, and also cost substantially less than the iPhone. The iPhone just did it better than dumbphones did, it wasn't completely new, just a leap in performance.

One thing that dumbphones did and had been doing for awhile that the iPhone wasn't capable of at launch was MMS. What good is a better camera/vidcam if you can't share it?

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 13:27

62. tedkord (Posts: 11614; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


As someone who owned and used those prior smartphones, the experience was neither terrible nor cumbersome. I checked out the OG iPhone when it came out, and decided against it because it didn't make anything I did any easier, and fell behind in some areas.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:06

15. Ilikkaman (banned) (Posts: 39; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Woo hoo series my cigarette! Now the first day android was created, that is an anniversary I can celebrate. True generous and innovation there. Thank you Google!!!!!

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:14 3

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Turned the industry on its ear, and the rest is history.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:32 4

21. murali_v_2000 (Posts: 33; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


P.S: This info-mercial is sponsorted by Apple and posted because PA didn't (or can't) meet today's quota of Apple related articles.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 09:47 2

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 21194; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man shut that thsi up.

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