In January 2007 Steve Jobs turned the world of mobile phones upside down when Apple introduced the original iPhone.
The first generation iPhone was positioned as a hybrid between a mobile phone, a tablet and an internet-accessible handheld device. It marked a shift away from physical keys, as seen on popular Blackberry models, and instead created a virtual touchscreen experience, complete with a QWERTY keyboard and Visual Voicemail.
It came with what would later be known as iOS 1, which supported text messaging, HTML email and maps.
The first iteration of the iPhone, however, was not without its criticism. Many couldn't get the hang of using a touchscreen, having been used to maneuvering the iPod wheel, while others craved the warm feel of being connected to 3G that you could get with rival phones.
At the time Stephen Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, commented on Apple's entry into the mobile phone market: “There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance”.
Nevertheless, the original iPhone's impact cannot be underplayed — 74 days after its launch, one million handsets had been sold.
- 412 MHz
- 128 MB
- 4 GB / 8 GB
- 320 x 480 px, 160 ppi
- 2 Megapixel
2007 was quite the year…
- The final book in J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released, selling over 11 million copies in the first 24 hours, becoming the fastest selling book in history.
- Live Earth, a one off climate change concert, coverage broke online audience records. Over eight million people across the world watched over 15 million video streams and in less than a month 55 million video streams had been viewed.
- Popstar Rihanna's hit Umbrella reigned in the UK music charts for a huge 10 weeks, making it the longest-running UK number one in the 21st century.
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