Watch Steve Jobs accurately predict the future of the iPhone on the day it was unveiled in 2007

Watch Steve Jobs accurately predict the future of the iPhone on the day it was unveiled in 2007
Back on January 9th, 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone and the mobile world was never the same again. That afternoon, Jobs was interviewed by financial network CNBC and some of his responses to questions posed by the reporter was spot on in regards to what would happen in the future. In addition to the answers given by the Apple co-founder, it is interesting to hear what was going on in the market at the time.

As was pointed out during the interview, Apple's stock was soaring once word about the iPhone spread. And we hear the CNBC announcer mention that Research In Motion shares were declining sharply. That was the name of the company that produced BlackBerry handsets up until January 30th, 2013, when the name was changed to BlackBerry. From that very day when the iPhone was first seen, even Wall Street traders could tell that there was a changing of the guard.

It is funny to hear Steve Jobs talk about the iPhone getting 1% of the handset market, which shipped 1 billion units in 2006. That means that Jobs was pleased at the prospect of Apple shipping 100 million iPhones during the next calendar year. To put that in perspective, the company sold 74.5 million iPhones during its 2015 fiscal first quarter alone. He also says in the interview that with the introduction of the iPhone, Apple has changed what consumers' expect from a mobile phone going forward. "I think the iPhone may really change the whole phone industry," Jobs stated. "I think that this is where the world's going."

And whether or not you like the iPhone, the truth is that on the day it came out, those developers working on Android realized that it needed to start over so that the platform could support a touchscreen. So even if you are a die hard Android fan, you still have the iPhone to thank.

While the iPhone was unveiled in January 2007, it wasn't released until the end of June. That five month wait was needed at the time since Apple was building a new product, and was also building demand for it. While such a wait could kill a new phone these days, back in 2007 it only made people more and more desirous to own the iPhone.

source: EverySteveJobsvideo

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1. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

And phonearena & iphone.another same old Steve Jobs story coming up means another iphone coming up.creating's apple's trademark strategy which is getting boring.

9. TerryTerius unregistered

I'd like you to name a single company that doesn't try to generate hype for their products before they come to market. Let me rephrase that, a single successful company. The may not do it exactly the same way, but everyone does the same thing.


Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I wouldn't call it hype though. Apple know how to market the s**t out of their products good or bad.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's just sad that these tech "journalist" sites pretend to be impartial when they suck up this hard for an invite or two. How much can one where themselves out but still call themselves trustworthy.

90. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Well it is still technically hype. Sony pulls the same with the Playstation line (other than 3), they know how to effectively market that stuff as Apple does with phones/music players.

48. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Apple was full of it when they said the iPhone was coming out, they said things like it had full Mac OS and so on why it had many key phone thing. Missing at the time like 3G and was junk next to the Nokia n95, it was to bad that Nokia what not big In The USA at the time

72. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

How did that work out for Nokia?

10. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

It's just a hype which is present year after year. People just like that and are willing to pay for a new product. At least everybody knows that there will be no removable battery, SD card etc.

38. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

People also know that there will be 32GB base model or the battery will remain lackluster ...

13. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yep its time to put this guy to rest, whats so special about him anyway, he wronged a couple of people, got lucky and made some money which he held on too with an iron fist.

40. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

This is not a prediction. This is standard ceo talk . same as every other ceo would say to market their products. This reminds me of a "pastor" in my country who specialises in predicting disasters. His church collapsed early this year killing hundreds of his followers. He never saw it coming.. Now he's hiding out in Mexico. Lol

45. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

lol, yeah. That's $%@!ing hilarious.

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

He was the future predictor.He said correctly about the flash & HTML5.Apple failed to gain market share in PC industry,but are successful in gaining market share in Mobile industry.Really miss Steve.

20. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

At the same time, he couldn't see the potential of OLED displays, styluses, smaller tablets and bigger phones/phablets. He also thought that Obama was a one-temer. Having said that, I still admire him more than anyone else in the industry.

73. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

That stylus thing is working out great on the Note 5. They did a poor job of copying the Palm Pilot.

34. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 2014

He also said no one would buy a phone bigger than 3.5", and mini-tablets wouldn't work. He also believed that unproven, alternative medicines were superior to evidence-based conventional treatments.

42. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

"He said correctly about the flash & HTML5" -WTF are you talking about?? Is this sarcasm ??? Flash is still there and most of us used it since 2007 till now. Of course every tech dies one day and other better takes over. Not yet with flash , though. If I tell you that HTML5 will die on day too , will you call me a Messiah??? Everything that Jobs "predicted" was BS. He is the "Devil" in the tech industry, but the media want to make him a Saint .

47. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No, but if you predicted that some other webstandard that isn't html (regardless of version) and knew the name etc, then we could say something. Flash is dead on mobile devices, without 3rd party using old android 2.x flash api's that don't always work, flash is no longer in the mobile space. It is power hungry and outdated.

57. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Something is dead , in the tech industry , ONLY if something better and more practical take over 100%. Since 2007 up to today we (non-izombies) use flash every time there is content for it that we are interested of. And we enjoyed it . We also can put in ON and OFF. Magic. St Jobs punished you from 2007 till today , you to live without it . You don't know even the real reason why this A$$h started this war with Adobe????

68. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I don't need the real reason to know that through testing, they have worse battery with adobe on vs off. Again you are using an outdated flash ridden piece, that hasn't officially been supported by any vendor since android 4.x. So you can talk about 07 all you want, officially it doesn't exist. As well I don't care about flash because my actual 70buck pc plays flash, big whoop.

70. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

What a bunch of BS LOL. The display of one phone takes the battery most. So lets kill the displays????? Flash exist after 2007, iboy. And many ppl have used it.(to you was forbidden. lol) Even today. When is on Windows , and there is still huge content that ppl wanna see on Android too , and millions of ppl ask how to install it on Android - it's not dead . St Jobs is dead, though.

80. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013 reading the wrong posts...tell me which phone comes with official adobe support? Not downloaded from a 3rd party source? I'll wait. As well, like I said, my 70 buck FULL PC with a larger screen to enjoy such content does said flash, so I am not missing anything. I don't own an apple product, so call me iboy all you want, it is clear you are in denial that flash at this time is not supported by adobe in any 'modern' form and anything that does is using a old adobe version. As well I use dolphin browser with adobe installed (Sony Z3), still cant replace my pc that was 70bucks.

3. peace247 unregistered

I'm an android fan, but yeah i respect Steve Jobs and apple bcos apple has contributed much to what smartphones are today.RIP jobs.......

24. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Indeed. No matter what we think of Apple, they are the main reason why the smartphone industry is this advanced. They might not put the best specs in the iPhone, but other companies feel the need to put the latest and greatest specs to attract Apple loyalists. And no one is benefiting from this except us.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post. It's crazy how people here try to deny Apples impact. Love them or hate them, they're still the "it" company right now.

33. TerryTerius unregistered

People feel as if their purchases are an extension of them. Which is understandable, because our possessions are reflective of our personalities to an extent. For some people, of they were to give credence to the idea that the phone that someone else bought is a good product, they would feel like they're missing out on something. So it comes back to them having to convince themselves they made the right choice by saying that the other person made the wrong choice. Tribalism my friend. From racism to nationalism to fanboyism, it is the root of it all. Groupthink.

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow man that's deep. Makes sense to me. +1

64. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

It was just a matter of time before other companies make smartphones as great (good softawre and hardware) as the first iphone in 2007. So, yes, Apple's impact was real in 2007 but not as important as you many fans think.

59. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

St.Jobs is brutal, tech ignorant, that contributed much to the dirty tricks and spoiled the tech industry , that the World must be healed decades after hem.

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


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