The Apple iPhone turns 10 today: a decade of redefining the "smart" in smartphone


One could sense a weird buzz coming from the Moscone Center in San Francisco in the early morning of January 9, 2007. The impending arrival of something exciting brought a palpable tension in the air, as the audience inside the complex was fixated onto Steve Jobs, who was hosting the most important event of the day - Apple's much-anticipated keynote. 

"This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years," Jobs said at around 9:43 AM local time. As the excitement was about to reach its tipping point, Steve announced "three revolutionary products" - a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communicator. Each of these got its fair share of applauses and cheers but it was the phone that almost got a standing ovation. There was no time to lament that as the three revolutionary products began reappearing on the screen behind Jobs. The crowd quickly realized that something was amiss. 

"An iPod. A Phone. An internet communicator," Steve repeated twice amidst bursts of cheers and laughter coming from the excited audience. Probably there were no three new Apple devices, probably it was just one.

"Are you getting it?"
, Steve asked. "These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we're calling it... iPhone."

Moscone Center erupted. 

Rumors about a revolutionary mobile phone developed by Apple in secrecy have been flying around for years and this had raised the expectations bar a bit higher for Apple. It was more than relieving to see that Apple not only met those expectations but also surprised just everyone with how advanced the iPhone was in comparison with its contemporary rivals. 

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, breakthrough device. Time magazine even named it Invention of the Year

Regarding who you ask, the iPhone is either an overpriced and underpowered phone or one of the most influential pieces of technology the world has seen so far. It essentially kickstarted the smartphone industry as we know it today. No matter where you stand, it's a fact that no other gadget of the same type will ever be as popular and well-known around the world as the iPhone.

"We're going to make some history together today", Steve had said at the beginning of the keynote. 

He was not wrong.

It's been 10 years now and Apple has released a total of 15 different iPhones on the market. Here are all of them:

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45 Comments

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah... what a great innovation... it didn't have app market, it also can't record vids.. nokia's and BB's phone from that same year is much more smarter... but apple now the have "COURAGE" :D let's wait for iPhone7s

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Careful there buddy, you gonna hurt yourself with all this nagging...

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But ibend is stating facts, not nagging... and you apparently can't refute his point.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

He's nagging that there's no news on some chip that according to some articles cant keep up with half year old A10... Mind you, he's pointing this out in an iPhone Milestone article (that's not related to anything about CPU's or semiconductor tech)... Just Nagging... There's nothing to refute, apparently he's upset that PA is running this website their way and not his way.... Again... Just Nagging...

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

no what he is saying, is PA is just making up Apple kiss-@$$ articles, when there is actually tech news with some substance and they arent reporting it.

32. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2366; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While those articles are listed as "new" from other sites, it's actually pretty old news. The only thing that you listed that PA hasn't covered is the Antutu benchmark for the Xiaomi Mi6 which, as I have told everyone else that tries to comment on these articles listing news that PA should post, there is a "Tip Us" link at the top of the page that you should use to alert PA to any news they should cover. Now, if they still don't post it after you do that, then you have every right to complain. As for the other 2 links you posted, PA already did an article from CES on the Snapdragon 835: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Snapdragon-835-chipset-carries-an-octa-core-CPU-Adreno-540-GPU-and-Quick-Charge-4.0_id89594 http://www.phonearena.com/news/Snapdragon-835-chipset-slides-leak-prior-to-CES-announcement_id89542 If you read both of those articles, you will find the exact same information listed in those two Fudzilla articles. Fudzilla is normally days behind when it comes to the latest news.

33. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Adreno 540 GPU Is a wonder I CLEARLY SEE SD835>a10

35. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Adreno 540 will destroy the competition once the Snapdragon 835 begins shipping in Android flagships.

27. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hahahahahahaha... what a stupid guy. If you accept or not (I know you do in your head if any), iPhone is a LEGEND and it f**ked all the smartphone market. The smartphones are like this these days DUE to iPhone baby.

40. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The 'smart' in smartphone was more along the lines of PocketPC and WinMo along with Palm, Nokia's and BBs software as they were more useful in the corporate sector as they allowed for more productivity and less emphasis on play.

42. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It's not that really. Even MS had palm OS based products. It's about creating transparency to the user. A lot of the stuff out there required some tech knowledge or learning. The iPhone was dead simple. It only revealed to the user what they needed, nothing else. It was about getting a device into everyone's hands. And making sure that device is always with them. Once that happens you can capitalize on it with an app store or whatever. Plus it was the first multi touch interface. This allowed for unique gestures like pinch to zoom etc..

4. kerginaldo17 unregistered

IPhone Arena being IPhone Arena.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Would you rather we celebrate an anniversary after it's been 11 years?

19. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

iPhonearena.com

5. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This singular event change the mobile landscape and our lives forever. *A very big round of applause to go with a standing ovation* Apple indeed deserve a noble prize.

36. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Noble Prize?! No way! I love how they evolve as a company but I hate how they low key copy tech, improve it and call it their own.

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

In my opinion, iPhone 1 to iPhone 5S are best iPhone, and almost all series are the best innovation devices I ever saw. But since iPhone 6 announced, Apple is totally BS.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Congratulations Apple!

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Too bad Jobs is no longer with us, because he must have had so much to offer. Kudos to Apple, kudos to Google, Microsoft and everyone that gave us so much so far and are working to enrich our experience with mobile communications. I'm sure we use the best product there are but I'm also sure the best is yet to come. Cheers!

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Historic moment in human civilization.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Don't kid yourself ^^.

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It is whether you like it or not.

20. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Exactly.. Infact, this is the one major singular reason.

25. TerryTerius unregistered

I would be really hesitant to call an alteration of the trajectory of mobile phone design and functionality as being a massive moment in human history. That language puts it on the same level as going to the moon, the Haber–Bosch process, the sending of the first telegraph, the French Revolution, creation of vaccinations, the model T, etc. Don't give me wrong, Apple has undoubtedly had a significant impact on our tech and the iPhone was a game changer, but I don't think I would put it on the level of the most historic events in the history of man. Hmm... guess it comes down to your perspective.

34. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Well said TerryTerius! Exactly the point I tried to make in post #14, but I didn't bother to type it all out due to Plasticsh1t being like the personalization of irrationality, thus making the effort you put in typing all that pretty much futile. I mean, this Plasticsh1t is the same guy on whom basic math is beyond (100-85=25), so I can assume that your well-explained post is even more beyond him to comprehend. However, Happy New Year!

39. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dick rider can't stop dick riding. Why am I not surprised?

38. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Thank you for your response. I respect your opinion. If you think about, since the iPhone introduction in 2007 and then later they introduced the app store, they changed our lives with how we use the Internet, utilities, useful tools, interacting with other people, games, and creating jobs and business opportunities. They are the driving force for many companies to push the technology even further. Maybe not like creating vaccines but you get the idea. Just for fun: which is better in your opinion, discovery of the fire or inventing the week or bacon :p? Cheers (sorry I pulled a Techie here).

44. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

+10...

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31052; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it wasn't, it was an historic moment in tech.

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