Today, January 9 2017, marks ten years since the world of mobile technology changed forever. At Macworld 2007 in San Fransico, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the original Apple iPhone.
The original Apple iPhone
He introduced it as three products in one. “A widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.”
“It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today’s newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged”, says Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Marketing.
While this statement is true for many, ten years later the world is waiting for the iPhone to make another bang like Steve Jobs did in 2007. There has been an immense pressure on the Cupertino giant to innovate since it hasn’t really produced anything revolutionary in the past few years. While there’s no denying the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are spectacular devices, there wasn’t much innovation to be seen this year. No pushing of boundaries, just a mere updates of the iPhone 6.
10 years later…
Apple CEO Tim Cook seemed to address this issue in his statement for the occasion. “iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”
A lot of people have kept their sentiments in check, hoping that Apple has been saving all its most innovative features for its iPhone release later this year, considering it would be the tenth iteration of a legendary device.
While the discussion about the direction of the company or the future of the iPhone can be discussed further, right now lets just celebrate the device that changed it all. Happy Birthday, iPhone! We’re glad you came around.