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

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.

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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45. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Regardless what everyone says about the Iphone. Its true success lies in that it caters to the mainstream user. The mainstream user doesn't care about specs or flash support. The mainstream user wants a smart phone that is easy to use out of the box. They dont want to spend time customising it or running a benchmarking app to see how good it is. They probably dont even know what benchmarking is or how to fully customise their Android. Top this with a rich ecosystem with everything and good quality apps you can see why it's sales figures are so good everytime and there are alot more mainstream users out there than there are people who are Tech Savvy like us. I myself have had an Android phone but now I am a WP7 user but I also own an Ipod touch and I can see the difference in the OS's.

42. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

From what I can remember, what really wowed me was the pinch to zoom feature on it. I wan't into smartphones back then, so I didn't pay attention to apps. I also wasn't active on social networks either. I didn't even send text messages. It was a cool device that I didn't feel I really need back then. In those five years since the iPhone came out, social networking has really boomed. HSPA networks make web browsing on a mobile network quite adequate. There was a demand to be able to access these services on a mobile device and remain connected on the go. The iPhone form factor was great for viewing that information on a hand held device and app developers got better at presenting such information on a small screen. The iPhone has changed from what seemed to be a novelty device to one that I would consider very useful. Other manufacturers have come up with devices that also fit the bill with some differences. Some are more successful than others. The iPhone (including its successive versions) is an iconic device that most people identify with as the standard for modern smartphones five years after its official introduction.

38. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

goodness ppl need to chill its just phones...ppl use the phone they like not because which company is godlike and s**t

28. ilia1986 unregistered

The iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry. Yeah - we got it, PhoneArena. FREAKING 5 YEARS AGO! But while the iPhone has largely remained as it was - Android has made staggering progress and trumped the iPhone from day1 potential-wise. Yes - an HTC G1 - the very first Android smartphone carrying Android 1.0 could still do more - potentially - than what the iPhone 5 will be able to do this year. Why? Open source, that's why. iPhone was the best smartphone for 2007 - 2008. MAYBE for early 2009. But now? Who are we kidding..

31. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I'll have to agree with you #AppleFanWhoIsNoLongerBlind_iHaveSeenTheLight

32. ilia1986 unregistered

Same here man. I have an iPhone 4. I love it. But when one looks at the GLORY that SGS2 is - it cannot even come close to that.

33. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

True Story. As Apple, we're all about Status and use the App Store as an excuse, which means we're turning our iPhones into App Launchers. Truth be told, SGS 2 is in many ways better than iPhone 4S (And pls let's stop it already with the App Sore, we're talking about the Phone, not what other third parties' apps can make your phone do, and when Android gets more Apps than Apple, the next excuse will be, Apple got better Apps with quality. And we'll use the term, quality over quantity, while App Store focuses mostly on quantity) #ThruthBeTold

34. krazdjokr26 unregistered

i believe if a person likes the greatness of a phone so much he/she should get that phone... no use trying to prove a point or correct others who want something different... i dont think this article is about which phone is the best its basically saying it "paved the way" for how the smartphone industry is now... even though the newer high end android phones out perform the iphone... people still want them... not because they think the iphone is better... just because its what they looking at your profile pic i would assume you own an iphone? which model? are you planning on switching to android? if so, which model?

43. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I dont want to disrespect.. but didnt you guys knew that Apple is not open source?... see is people like you that thinks we should all switch... I switch from Android to Apple and I dont go commenting on every comment that I switch OS... my needs are diferent than both of you.. but Illia please we all know you love Android and that you hate Apple... whinning on every comment is not going to change anything... you are just repeating the same stuff over and over... I do that too thats why I can tell you how annoying it could be .... me and you are cool now... but I want to hear more from you besides you free world... and Android is open source... the article is about how the iphone change the cell phone industries...

50. ilia1986 unregistered

Actually - no. Apple doesn't advertise that. Only after extensive research does one find out that he\she is basically locked onto the walled garden. And what happens when that same individual sees yourube vids showing him custom launchers, widgets, bluetooth file transfer, animated wallpapers, quicksettings at the notification "center" and more? One out of possible two things: Either that individual believes that the smartphone he bought - the very much beloved-by-everyone Apple iPhone will get those very same features at the next iOS update or He\She suddenly realizes that his\her smartphone is not as capable as the ones running the Android operating system. He\She becomes frustrated about it, not understanding why Apple couldn't put those features into iOS as well. True story: My parents wanted to buy an iPad 2. They did. They then asked me how to download movies to it via utorrent like they do on the desktop. My father actually thought that the iPad was running windows too! I had to explain to them it is impossible to install utorrent on an iPad. They were very dissapointed. Then they asked how to actually watch movies on an iPad downloaded elsewhere. I told them that they need to download an application(!!) to watch movies on the iPad (as the iPad doesn't read anything but MP4 naturally). After an hour worth of creating an itunes account - a free app that plays Avi(!) files was found. The next step - I told them - would be to install a program to their home PC - and everytime they wanted to transfer a movie to the iPad - they gotta connect the iPad to the PC - launch the program - click on "Applications", click on the application that plays the movies, click add and only then click on the movie itself. They then asked each other why on earth did they buy an iPad for. Had they bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for example - they could do ALL of the above - and much more - without ever connecting to the PC or installing some program on it. To this day - the iPad is just used as a showoff toy for guests - and as an expensive dust collector.

51. ilia1986 unregistered

And I respect a person's opinion that he\she prefers an iPhone to an Android phone. To this day however - I am utterly incapable of understanding it, though. Besides - I am one of those who believe that if enough people start complaining about iOS - something that until now - only me and a small bunch of others on this planet seem to do - maybe Apple will listen and provide more actual features in iOS 6 - unlike what they did on iOS 5 which was simply iOS 4.3S tbh. That said - my complains of course are largely ignored by the hordes of human beings rushing to Apple stores to spend another 200$ on an iPhone 4 with a slightly better antenna, a slightly better camera, a second processor core, and software feature originally existing as an independent app - then bought off - and marketed exclusively on this new iPhone 4.

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???

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

19. chadrick0814 unregistered

"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

20. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

bucky, i cant name 5 current android phones with 3.5 inch screens or smaller and running 800mhz. Seems that most of the android phones CAN compete with iOS.

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

"Everyone comments on their articles because no one believes that people are still so taken by devices missing so many features" so for almost 5 years and they still dont believe..hmmm it seems that fandroids are the ones with the problems.. believe it... they are proofs out there....

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

or maybe we are so taken a-back by people walking around with swirling apple logos in their eyes... STILL.. after all this time, that we dont understand how they cant see outside of the walled garden. Are the walls really that high that you cant peek out of them? lol. U havent seen green grass until you have seen freedom and choice.

29. krazdjokr26 unregistered

i understand what chad and remix is saying... but honestly all those "great" features i dont use but 5% of the time anymore... sure even when i had the evo 4g i must've flashed about 5 different ROMS on it and tons of widgets/feats but when it comes down to it... what you basically use your phone for is calling, texting, email, web surfing, music, and video... maybe games... doesnt take a sophisticated OS to execute all those needs flawlessly and with "real" apps to provide an easy of access to tons of information... i'm burned out with android... seriously guys lol...

36. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I was going to answer but Krazdjokr26 you did a better job explaining.. so thank you...

40. krazdjokr26 unregistered

lol... i'm just saying king... its like that guy that pulls out his key chain and he has a knife, scissors, nail clippers, beer opener, lighter, flash light, laser, and a tape all he was asked for was the key to the if you dont need it its all just for show... honestly... and taking up memory as well as battery life...

49. chadrick0814 unregistered

so even though you don't need 4g speeds you will go to the company that doesn't have 4g though they charge more. IPhone makes the most profit per phone. Meaning they give you less and charge you more. This is absolutely fine because you have the freedom and "choice" to do that. Just recognize that the marketshare data shows that you are a proud member of the minority and more and more people choose android. I switched from iPhone 3g to android because iTunes was annoying to me. But I respect your decision to "choose" the device you like.

47. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

True and true. I used to have an android. After all my customising and widget applications. After a while i got over it and it just became a phone. Hence why I went over to WP7. I miss Android but battery life, the software hick ups and inconstancies did my head in after a while. WP7 is a great as a phone but their aps are slow and buggy. My Ipod touch with iOS 5 the same apps are much more better. That's why I am waiting for the iPhone 5. I phone used to be s**t but now...

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

people are always free to chose what they want. I choose android for its power to dollar ratio. you get the most features for the least amount of money. you also get many of the apps from iOS and WP7 for free on android since it has native add support. So you get more for your dollar up front, and more for your dollar over the long haul. Even if you never ever use those extra features that android has to offer and run it just like you would an iphone or WP7, you still get more free apps and you get the best GPS available on a phone. Thats why I'm excited for these Nokia WP7, since they solve WP7's major bald spot (and iOS's) which is that lack of a great free GPS. I could not function with a basic map with a line on it ala mapquest 1995. Just to make a point, the swiss army knife comparison isnt really accurate. Yes, android has a feature for everything.. more than any other mobile OS by far.. but its not in the way. You can chose to hide or display any feature u want. The freedom of choice. If you are going from an android to an iphone because it had too many features in the way, then u never set up the phone properly to begin with.

30. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"why are there always 30+ comments on apple articles from android users... but less than 10 comments on android artiMOcles??? seems like the grass is greener on the other side... hmmm??? " Hmmm! WHERE DO U GET THESE NUMBERS FROM? And isn't Android GREEN? #iPhone4S_ConfusedFace

48. chadrick0814 unregistered

Yeah, that whole 4g thing....just for show.

16. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Very good article that was written, Android has been definitely a good competitor but sometimes as someone else put'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.

37. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

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

14. Thefraggot

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

N80 had wifi in 2006

13. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 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!

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