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

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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1. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

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

4. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 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.

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 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)...

107. Jango

Posts: 369; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

19. Mr.Z.

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

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.

122. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

6. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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....

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 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?

23. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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...

29. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

@Greenman @Bm888 iPhone isn't a comparative baseline in the smartphone industry - at least, not by innovations and performance. Stop the crap talk!

40. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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..

57. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

101. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

104. uzimafioso

Posts: 467; Member since: Jul 15, 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

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

16. Mr.Z.

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30481; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

History remembers kings not warriors.

30. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

History remembers Kings and their Army, hence it's warriors! Try defending your iFruity harder. You've lost this one.

33. Mr.Z.

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 08, 2016

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

54. maherk

Posts: 6522; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

48. lex700

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 30481; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

68. Mr.Z.

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 08, 2016

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

103. lex700

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

72. Mr.Z.

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

74. darkkjedii

Posts: 30481; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Only mine wasn't a mistake fool.

82. darkkjedii

Posts: 30481; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Arte8800

58. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

120. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

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