Ten years ago, 9 January 2007, Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone. To say it was revolutionary, that it would change the world, is not an exaggeration. Before that, I had a series of Nokias and I was super happy with them. I didn’t get the original iPhone when it came out because it was US and Europe only initially. I also had to wait till I had an address in Chicago before I finally managed to get my first one, the 3GS in 2009. Aside from that S model, my progression so far has been the even numbered versions: 4 when I moved to London and 6 when it got water damage and I had to get a new phone.
It’s a cell phone, it’s a music player, it’s a camera, it’s a Web-enabled device, and much more. Ask yourself if you really need all that high-tech bling
Naysayers included Steve Ballmer at Microsoft (duh), my favourite Guardian and Techcrunch, with such a confident headline:
We Predict the iPhone Will Bomb
Others were more positive, taking a long view that even if this particular device failed, it would pave the way for a changed tech landscape. CNET:
this is about more than Apple. Even if it’s a flop–perhaps even more so if it’s a flop–the iPhone will change the way mobile devices are designed
And of course, it won Time’s 2007 invention of the year, because it took computing and platforms and design and usability to the next level:
computing doesn’t belong just in cyberspace, it needs to happen here, in the real world, where actual stuff happens
So, looking forward. I’m excited about the rumours that iphone 8 may be made from forged stainless steel. Drool.