What it was like when the first iPhone launched



Ten years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld. What was it like to see the announcement live and to own an original iPhone? We take a walk down memory lane to 2007.

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46 thoughts on “What it was like when the first iPhone launched

  • January 10, 2017 at 10:58 am
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    i think Steve would've innovated something else by now… we miss you 🙁

  • January 10, 2017 at 11:51 am
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    DOES EVERYBODY FORGET THE SAMSUNG INSTINCT!!!!

  • January 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm
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    Is it a little weird that I am watching this on my iphone 6s

  • January 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm
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    Thinking that the 8gb iPhone's price is too expensive. And you can actually buy a pc back then at that price.

  • January 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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    I had Windows Mobile and Pocket PC devices prior to the iPhone debut, so smartphones did exist before the iPhone. The iPhone just made them better.

  • January 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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    I'm a super fandroid.but I really thank apple for this. No matter what you say.Yeah htc got a touch screen smartphone with a bit nice ui back in 2002. I get that. but it did not change the phone….unlike iphone

  • January 12, 2017 at 8:49 am
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    we've really come along way! 2 megapixels? 3.5 inches? 4 gigs of storage at $499! Thank you Apple, and happy birthday (in advance)

  • January 13, 2017 at 6:14 am
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    When iPhone was first launched, Microsoft was the #1 smart phone vendor with 40% of the market share selling their Windows Mobile experience. RIM was also up there with their Blackberries,, going back and forth with Microsoft for their share of the market lead. Then iPhone came along, inspired Samsung to get into the game and everything got turned on it's ear.

  • January 15, 2017 at 12:04 am
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    I'll never forget how amazed I was by "pinch to zoom"

  • January 15, 2017 at 2:25 am
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    its all about the Sony Ericsson T303 pink lol

  • January 15, 2017 at 5:09 am
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    Since the death of Steve jobs apple has been doing shit

  • January 15, 2017 at 6:38 am
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    Not being able to send photos sucked. But other than that loved the phone back then.

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    Think we all should just admit all companies copied Apple out the gate but it's now Apple that is copying all those same other companies….. to say neither is or hasn't copied the other is just being a blind fanboy Apple started the smartphone race and everybody followed now they Apple is following in that same race…. it is what it is

  • February 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    I wonder if he knew back then that the iPhone would end up completely overshadowing the Mac in the long run

  • March 2, 2017 at 11:24 pm
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    I wish the other android users were like you….

  • July 1, 2017 at 10:09 am
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    maybe 2007,, 10 years is a LONG time for some of these people… NOKIA,, had many of these features including SD memory cards and (more than 35 songs ) , decent camera's and Symbian OS which did quite a lot of things. Nokia had RESTIVE instead of modern multi touch CAPACITY.

  • July 1, 2017 at 10:12 am
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    however as history shows, without Steve Jobs Apple is dead in the water. Engineers can make things THINNER and FASTER,, but without that spark of innovation and invention….
    they have 80Bn in banks around the world,, maybe they should become "Apple iBank"

  • July 2, 2017 at 8:32 am
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    not to sound like a troll but back in 2007 I still had a Nokia 6233 with microsd card and had much of my music on it, so it wasn't that unheard of having music on your phone

  • July 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm
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    steve jobs is awesome he would be so pissed off if he saw apple today lol

  • September 9, 2017 at 8:21 am
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    I read this somehwere. Steve Jobs used to say they created a phone which was 5 years ahead. He knew if he had not brought iPhone in 2007, some other company would bring a similar concept phone 5 years in future. Guy also knew App would not work out and Wep App was the way. People now download less than 2-3 app per month and use web more than 1 hour a day.

  • September 9, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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    I miss the old Apple Music art carousel look. The new one sucks by comparison.

  • September 15, 2017 at 12:11 am
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    My first phone was a LG flip phone. 16 GB isn't enough space on any phone anymore.

  • October 24, 2017 at 6:43 am
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    That 1st gen iphone still looks beautiful even now in 2017.

  • October 26, 2017 at 11:52 pm
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    All this android users need to respect this OG of a device that changed mankind

  • December 8, 2017 at 2:39 am
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    back when the apple hype was ACTUALLY worth it… they revolucionized and made a hell lot worth it stuff, Now even a old galaxy s6 is better than their iphone x… everything became shit to 2014… 2012-2013 was showing a big mess tho…
    R.I.P STEVE JOBS
    1955-2011

  • December 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm
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    Cnet you dont have to go far from 2007 since there is not much change in apple in 2017

  • December 27, 2017 at 11:00 am
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    If not for Steve jobs, who knows how phone looked like?

  • March 28, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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    And now Samsung beats apple. Its very heartbreaking to hear that apple is slowing down older phones just so you can upgrade. Such a dissapointment when they actually started out good.

  • April 17, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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    People were laughing in the audience when Steve said those three things because the audience thought he was joking but he was not

  • July 29, 2018 at 8:27 am
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    As a Android fan, I have to thank Steve and apple for what they started and first to create and changed the world it is today. Forever grateful!

  • September 21, 2018 at 5:30 am
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    Every one says that Steve Jobs didn't Code any software, or worked on any hardware of the iPhone, or Apple computers.
    That is true,
    however, without Steve Job's vision of the future, this world would still not have these advanced touch screen technology devices.
    The world has many Engineers, and Programmers, but without someone with a Vision of a better product, these Engineers and Programmers will continue to re-create the same old technology.

    We need people like Steve Jobs, who have ideas for better technology, and a vision of the future,
    and we need the Engineers and Programmers to bring those ideas and vision to real life.

    So Thank you to both Steve Jobs, and hundreds of Engineers whom have worked to create these amazing modern world, and beautiful technology all around us.

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