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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: 1171; 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: 1475; 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: 4888; 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.


posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:29 2

29. andro. (Posts: 1999; 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: 772; 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...

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:38 14

5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; 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: 963; 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: 1042; 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: 1042; 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: 1994; 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: 1994; 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: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I would say I'm in the majority

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 11:35 1

41. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; 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: 5498; 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: 963; 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)


posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:42

8. ChafedBanana (Posts: 394; 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: 1042; 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!

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