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On the tenth anniversary of the iPhone’s original debut, Apple acknowledges the milestone by posting a press release. The iPhone has sold over a billion devices to date, and kicked off the smartphone revolution as we know it. Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the iPhone set the standard for mobile computing, and that the best is yet to come.
In the press release, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller says that iPhone is how we do everything these days. It’s how we look at stuff online, it’s how we listen to music, it’s how we watch videos, or play games. Over at Medium’s Backchannel, Schiller explains that Apple had an inkling of how big the iPhone would be, but not nearly at the scale it has become.
If there’s been ten years of iPhones, that means ten years of iPhone reviews. Ars Technica takes a look through their archives for reviews of every iPhone model. The original iPhone was mostly panned because it didn’t suit enterprise users as well as established devices like the Blackberry, and things were pretty similar all the way until the 3GS, which started bringing things together.
A visual history of the iPhone from The Verge gives us a run-down of how the iPhone design has evolved over the years. People say that there’s only so much you can do with rectangular slabs with glass on one side, but Apple has shown us that you can do quite a few things. Including putting glass on both sides!
The first hands-on impressions of the iPhone from outsiders were pretty wild. Jason Snell remembers that when he was using the iPhone in the hands-on area for the first time, it was hard to form complete sentences and that there was kind of “gadget magnetism” that couldn’t be explained. And in Apple fashion, there were about three approved images for media use, which you saw pretty much everywhere for months.
MacRumors runs through the changes from all the iPhones so far. The iPhone 3G was notable because it added 3G connectivity and the App Store, video recording was introduced with the 3GS, and the rest is history.
Tenth anniversary iPhone reactions from 9to5Mac staff reveal how young some of them are, and that’s pretty wild as well, because for a lot of us, iPhones have been a big part of our lives. Devices like the iPhone have helped some of them realise that the combination of hardware and software designed in tandem makes for some very compelling products.
MacStories contemporary history of the iPhone tells us about some stories that the iPhone has enabled in the past few years. A lot of that comes down to the third-party apps that have come about as a result of the App Store, but there’s plenty of stuff that Apple has had a hand in, as well.
When the iPhone was announced, Steve said on stage that the iPod had sold 100 million units. AppleInsider writes that the big advantage of the iPhone was its macOS heritage, which Steve described as enabling the desktop-class applications and networking, but it was really the combination of the widescreen iPod with touch controls, revolutionary mobile phone, and breakthrough internet communicator that made the iPhone as popular as it is today.
In case you haven’t already, a re-watching of the original iPhone announcement shows that it stands the test of time. Well, kinda — remember when Yahoo! Mail was the world’s largest email provider? And when Apple still announced products at the Macworld expo in January? But Steve’s presentation really drives home how much of a product guy he really was. TechCrunch’s best moments from the iPhone announcement include when Steve teased the iPhone as an iPod with a rotary dialer where the scroll wheel is.