The iPhone is five years old today. That's right: it was only five years ago that Steve Jobs turned the technology world upside down with his company's take on the smartphone. It feels like it's been around forever.
To celebrate the milestone, we've collected together your favourite memories of the iPhone. We also decided to put together a potted history of the best smartphone the world has seen. From the bombshell of the first iPhone to the commercial behemoth that is the iPhone 4S, from antennagate to the prototype leak scandal, here are the significant landmarks in the iPhone's amazing history.
9 January 2007: First-gen iPhone is unveiled
Speaking at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco, legendary Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January 2007.
It was a classic piece of Jobs showmanship. "Today, we're introducing three revolutionary products," he said. "The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. The third is a breakthrough internet communications device.
"These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone. Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone."
It's fair to say that Apple generated a certain amount of excitement with the iPhone announcement. Some sections of the press christened the smartphone the 'Jesus phone'. But others were less impressed; columnist John C Dvorak pronounced: "Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone... [because it's just] going to be another phone in a crowded market." He's still justifying that call to this day.
29 June 2007: First-gen iPhone is launched
The original version of Apple's smartphone hit shops later in 2007: five years ago to the day, on 29 June. The UK had to wait until autumn for its own iPhone launch, however.
It was a serious success, with huge queues lining up at the flagship Apple Stores and widespread critical acclaim greeting the launch.
The first iPhone lacked many of the aspects that made more recent iPhone models great, such as 3G connectivity. But, like other great Apple products, the iPhone took ideas and technologies available elsewhere and combined them in one desirable, reliable product. By creating a good-looking and intuitive gadget that anyone could use as a mobile phone, web browser and MP3 player, Apple re-invigorated and redefined the mobile market.
Apple already had the mobile audio players market sewn up with the iPod, and moved its seamless music-playing ecosystem lock, stock and barrel from 'Pod to 'Phone. iPhone web browsing was a world beyond that experienced on other handsets, and the original iPhone introduced Visual Voicemail, multitouch gestures, HTML email, threaded text messaging and YouTube video. Indeed, even 'missing' functions such as cut and paste, push email and multimedia messages made it on to the iPhone after a couple of software updates.
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