10 years ago, the Apple iPhone was on everyone's tongue

10 years ago, the Apple iPhone was on everyone's tongue
On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone. And as exciting as that was for many, it also meant waiting nearly half a year for the phone to be released. The launch date of June 29th was circled on many a calendar, and in the days leading up to the actual launch, it seemed as though the iPhone was being mentioned everywhere. One example of this, which you will find in the video slideshow below, is an amusing clip put together by David Pogue, who now writes about tech for Yahoo.

Exactly 10-years ago tomorrow, the New York Times released a video showing how hard it was for its tech scribe (Pogue) to keep faithful to the non-disclosure agreement Apple had him sign in exchange for a review unit of the Apple iPhone. Apple had already run some ads for the phone (we included one in the video slideshow for your viewing pleasure) and the hype machine was on full throttle ("I've seen the commercials and it looks really cool," says a young woman waiting in a long line on launch day).

A decade ago, the whole world was just four days away from being changed forever by a smartphone. Television networks covered the impending launch and analysts spoke breathlessly about the device and how many units it might sell. Even so, most people probably could not see what the future would hold, not just for the iPhone or for Apple, but for smartphones in general. We now have apps and app stores, phones that can be submerged and live on to tell the tale and handsets that last a full day without requiring a charge.

People now shop, make payments, deposit checks, lower their thermostat, get turn-by-turn directions to anywhere, and watch live television on their phone. And most handsets feature a virtual personal assistant to help make reservations, set alarms and more. You can't go anywhere without seeing a large number of people with their heads down, looking at the screen on their handset as they navigate their surroundings. All of this was still in the future a decade ago.

Keep in mind that the OG iPhone did have some flaws. It ran on AT&T's slow as molasses EDGE network, it did not support MMS or stereo Bluetooth. But not too many knew, or cared about these things which were all eventually taken care of in future versions of the phone.

June 25th, 2007 was a Monday, the start of a new work week that would end with the forces in motion that would soon change the world. Relive those days by clicking on the video slideshow below.


source: NYTimes, CBSNews, PopularScience

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54 Comments

1. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Is**t

2. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

That was pointless.

42. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

A lot of fandroids will deny how the iPhone was a total gamechanger.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You can call it iS**t all day, but you can't deny the force it was, when it came out, and remains to this day. There's lots Apple needs to do with it, but it's a great device, and sales like hotcakes for a reason. It's the stupid blind fanboys, that make the iPhone hated, but the device itself is pretty good. I'm more of a Samsung/android user, but I keep an iPhone also. IOS is my 2nd favorite platform, but Apple needs to take it to another level, but looks wise and feature wise. It's gotten boring, but still very reliable.

10. imkyle

Posts: 1112; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I had an iPhone from 2007-2011 and since then I have had Android phones. There is no denying that iPhone really did change the mobile world in 2007. Still is a great product.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. I have my gripes with it, but I have my gripes with every piece of tech I've ever owned...including my S8 Plus and iPad Pro. It's a very good phone, and I'll never say it's not.

18. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The most inflencial, the most innovative, and the most trendy smartphone company of all time.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"The most inflencial, the most innovative,"... The original iPhone of 2007 was just as influental as the Nokia 3310 was, so that doesn't stand out. And to talk about the most innovative phone, the Nokia 3310 is as well up for that title... Heck, let's just go all the way back to the invention of the first telephone to crown in as most innovative... shall we? Because the original iPhone was built on a foundation already set by previous generations of phones... Hell, the original iPhone couldn't record videos, and lacked several features which even dumb phones could do... so, calling the original iPhone the most innovative, is too much of a stretch. The only notable innovation it had was it's touchscreen display... no?

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

What most people, and especially iFans, do not understand is that it wasn't the iPhone that revolutionized the smartphone. It was iOS that was half a decade ahead of its time in terms of design that changed the smartphone landscape. Hardware wise the first iPhone was basic at best. The software made it revolutionary and that is why iPhones these days suck so bad. The hardware is lacking and the software is pretty much stagnant and meh.

14. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

And 10 years later, the Apple iphone is on everyones head.

50. audibot

Posts: 598; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

it was on every tounge of apple users thats it

3. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Still is to this day.

4. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

I bet one's sitting up your ass right now.

24. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Especially on this website... no one can stop talking about it. Especially funny since the people who always mention the iPhone are the people who claim they hate Apple / the iPhone and swear to never buy it. Pure comedy

27. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Especially funny since the people who always mention the iPhone are the people who claim they hate Apple / the iPhone and swear to never buy it." It's two-way street, brah... Because the same is also true the other way around: the people who always mention the iPhone are the people who claim they hate Apple / the iPhone and swear to never buy it. Pure comedy. About two sides of a same coin!

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^^ Copied your comment but forgot to edit... See: the people who mention Android are those who claim they hate Google/Android and swear to never buy it. Pure comedy. Like I said, it's two sides of a very same coin... that is.

30. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Definitely two sides of a same coin as you said. Both Apple and Android fanatics are hypocritical.

46. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Definitely, but this article is about Apple and people always talking about the iPhone, not Android. I agree with your statement though.

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^^ Copied your comment but forgot to edit... See: the people who mention Android are those who claim they hate Google/Android and swear to never buy it. Pure comedy. Like I said, it's two sides of a very same coin... that is.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I was blown away by this phone. Even without video recording, MMS, 3G, and a slew of other things...it was great. It had that look about it, and I had to have one. It was the 3GS, That really nailed it (early iPhone wise), with video recording/editing MMS, and 3G. The iPhone really made other OEM's step their game up, and boy did they. Now there's something for everybody.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But the 4/4s really hit on all points, including aesthetics. That was Apple's golden age for the iPhone. It's also the point when Apple really began resting on its laurels, and playing it safe. By the time Verizon started offering the iPhone, there really was no reason for me to get it. It was starting to fall behind (specifically in LTE at that point). I finally let go of Windows Mobile, and went Android, and despite a brief fling with WebOS, that's where I've been since (especially after WP released, and did away with everything that made WM special.)

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, but I don't really count that as early wise. It was the 5th gen, and more middle of the pack. You're right however, Apple did start to rest, and copy more with it. WebOS could've been great, on different hardware, but Palm went opposite of the trend, and that hurt them badly.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

By 5th gen, I was referring to the 4S. I missed where you said 4. My bad.

6. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Hey phone arena how about an original article..?..this material is a week's old...the last time you did post something "fresh" was about samsung s bezel-less displays actually not being bezel-less..

11. Alan01

Posts: 584; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

What the hell are you talking about? I wrote this whole piece myself using no source material outside of the videos, which are cited in the sourcelink. Most of us who write about smartphones for a living remember these things because we eat, breathe and live smartphones. I would understand if your forum handle indicates your mental status and IQ, so if that is the case, I apologize. Regards, Alan

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well...damn lol. Consider him checked.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Hey, Alan, i would really like u guys to think about adding an edit button to the comment section (reriously) and i would really suggest that u guys think about opening a forum. Aside from macrumors (nbviously), and androidcentral, PA has one of the highest traffic for the mobile comments section, so make it count PA.

19. Alan01

Posts: 584; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

I will pass this along to the powers that be. Thanks for the suggestion! Regards, Alan

43. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

+1000000 for the edit button on the mobile site.

20. Nopers unregistered

Could've just removed the comment, didn't have to destroy the man. Lol.

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