January 9, 2007 Apple CEO Steve Jobs gives the world its first look at the iPhone on stage during the Macworld conference in San Francisco. The initial reaction was mixed, but Jobs is convinced that Apple has created a product that people want, even if they don’t know it yet.
The palm-sized device combines an iPod, a phone and a PDA. The introduction of the iPhone excites many Apple fans, but critics are still skeptical.
The iPhone was a revolution
“The iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone,” Jobs said in a press release about the new device. “We were all born with a state-of-the-art pointing device – our fingers – and the iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary mouse user interface.”
Still, that first iPhone was very simple compared to the ones available today. It is made around a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a poor resolution of 320 x 480 at 163 ppi. The device came with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of flash memory. The rear camera was 2MP; there was no front camera.
Jobs used the Macworld keyword to showcase the capabilities of the iPhone. He described it as “iPod, phone and internet communicator”. And Apple’s press release showed the company’s bold vision for a device that will boost a trillion-dollar technology empire:
Apple today unveiled the iPhone, combining three products – a revolutionary mobile phone, a wide-screen iPod with touch controls and a revolutionary device for internet communication with email, web browsing, browsing and maps – into one small and lightweight handheld device. The iPhone introduces a completely new user interface based on a large multi-touch screen and pioneering new software, allowing users to control the iPhone with just their fingers. The iPhone is also ushering in an era of software power and sophistication never seen before on a mobile device, completely redefining what users can do on their mobile phones.
Jobs ’original iPhone demo also included the release of TV shows and movies, as well as showing the Photos app and the Calendar app. (He couldn’t advertise the App Store because it didn’t appear until the following year.)
Check out Jobs’ Macworld 2007 keynote speech to touch a little magic:
There were a lot of counter-revolutionaries
“From time to time, a revolutionary product appears that changes everything,” Jobs said during that 2007 Macworld introductory presentation.
But there was a lot of resistance to the revolution. Many years later, it’s easy to think that the world immediately saw the genius of the iPhone. No.
Hardware played an important role in making the first iPhone revolutionary. This was against all common opinions about phones at the time. Rival BlackBerry, Palm and Windows Mobile smartphones used small keyboards, while more traditional mobile phones came with keyboards. Instead, Apple’s device depended on a relatively large touch screen.
The design had a lot of critics. Many predicted that the 3.5-inch screen would burst. I TechCrunch he said “that virtual keyboard will be about as useful for eavesdropping on emails and text messages as a rotating phone.”
Genuine iPhone software has made waves
Apple’s iPhone software was also quite radical. In 2007, most people had a phone that was only capable of making calls, sending messages, and playing pre-installed games. As Jobs demonstrated on this day in 2007, the iPhone included a suite of apps for playing music, watching videos, sharing texts, and accessing the Internet.
Skeptics have not seen a demand for a device that combines so many features. At the time, people wore iPods for music and a special phone for calls and messages. Many people have added a Palm organizer to be productive. Although it sounds awkward now, it is what people were used to at the time. Some saw no reason for change.
For more (now hilarious) comments than those expressing dissatisfaction, read on Cult Maca‘s “10 iPhone Predictions from 2007.”
Fortunately, a lot of people didn’t listen to the critics. Long lines of eager customers stood in line for the original iPhone on launch day. And that is the desire that many people remember. Especially now, with the iPhone such a great success. For example, revenue from device sales was $ 38.9 billion for the third quarter of 2021 alone. And that doesn’t include third-party accessories and software. So it is good to remember that in 2007 there were many who doubted the voice.
Introducing the iPhone: Personal Memoirs
I remember exactly where I was when I heard that Jobs introduced the first iPhone. They say it happens when something really significant happens, so obviously the first iPhone was a really significant event for me.
Still, I wasn’t at Macworld 2007. Back then, I ran a website dedicated to smartphones and PDAs, and Apple hadn’t made any of those products yet …. So I attended the Consumer Electronics Show instead and waited at the entrance for my flight home when I read about the announcement.
I have to admit that my first thought was that my business had just expanded. I’ve already written about Palm, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and more. Apple just loaded me up more. A sigh.
Before Macworld 2007, we knew the iPhone would come, of course. Fortunately, after the announcement was made, I did not write an article predicting the failure of the device. My reporting was simple. But back in 2007, it was clear that the iPhone was a big deal. However, in January 2007, the wait for customers has just begun. The first iPhone was launched only on June 29 of that year.
I have to admit I wasn’t overly impressed. I’ve been using smartphones for years, and the iPhone didn’t seem like something game-changing to me. Besides, I liked having a physical keyboard. That’s why I didn’t buy the first Apple phone – my heart then belonged to the Treo line of smartphones with Palm OS. I didn’t get involved in iOS until the 2011 iPhone 4s.
PS You should hear what Android users said after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone on this day in 2007. In fact, you can’t – because Android won’t come until 2008, so it could largely copy the iPhone. Jobs called Android a “stolen product.”
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