Today In History: Apple Launched The First iPhone 15 Years Ago On This Day
It might seem like a world away, but Apple launched the very first iPhone 15 years ago today.
That first iPhone was a product that turned into the massive smartphone market that we’re familiar with today — and it’s fair to say that things have changed pretty significantly.
That very first iPhone was first announced by Steve Jobs pm January 9, 2007. The announcement has gone down in history as a massive event and one that is used as an example of how big products can be shown off for the very first time.
Jobs famously declared that he was about to announce a “an iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator” before confirming it was a single device.
Since then we’ve seen so many iPhones that it’s sometimes easy to forget how things were back in the day. For starters, we didn’t have an App Store and Apple was instead keen to make sure that people used web apps where available. That obviously changed.
Apple’s very first iPhone arrived to plenty of attention and sold for $499 initially. That sounds like a bargain given the prices we pay for modern flagship iPhones, but at the time the costliness of the device was very much a problem for many. The lack of some key features, including 3G support was also lambasted by early reviewers.