It was January 9, 2007, when Steve Jobs walked confidently across a San Francisco stage to unveil the very first iPhone.
Dressed in his black turtleneck, blue jeans and white sneakers, the then Apple boss told the expected audience at the Macworld conference at the Moscone Center: “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along. that changes everything.
Six minutes and 36 seconds into his speech, those in the auditorium were able to take a first look at the iPhone, a surprisingly sleek handset that offered a touchscreen interface and did away with bulky physical keyboards – a device that completely transformed the mobile phone. industry.
“I didn’t sleep a blink of an eye last night,” Jobs said at the end of his famous speech. “I was so excited about the idea today, because we’ve been so lucky at Apple. We have had real revolutionary products. The Mac in 1984 is an experience those of us who were there will never forget, and I don’t think the world will forget it either. The iPod in 2001 changed everything about music, and we’ll be doing it again with the iPhone in 2007. We’re very excited about it.
And it had every right to be, because the iPhone, with its cutting-edge design, easy-to-use interface, and promise of innovative applications, quickly became a global hit and turned Apple’s fortunes into the world. -beyond expectations.
By today’s standards, of course, the first iPhone was super basic. It featured a touchscreen of just 3.5 inches (described by Jobs at the time as “giant”), much smaller than the standard 6.1-inch screen seen with more recent iterations of Apple’s handset. . The first iPhone cost $ 499 and came with just 4GB of storage (8GB for an additional $ 100), a far cry from the terabyte offered with the recently released iPhone 13 Pro Max, although this particular device will set you back $ 1,599. And let’s not start with the camera technology on this very first device.
To mark 15 years since the introduction of the iPhone, we present this special moment when Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s first smartphone, unleashing a chain of events that has completely transformed the way we communicate with each other. others and for countless hours.