Yes, it’s been 10 wonderful years since the first iPhone was launched by Steve Jobs and Apple back in June of 2007.
Time flies, huh?
The ultimate piece of digital tech, the iPhone has revolutionised the way we communicate, spend our money and navigate through life – but all those years ago, the original iPhone didn’t even have an App Store. Or GPS. Or Siri.
Despite all this, the phone itself was robust enough to gain popularity and it’s still the most popular device Apple sells. On more recent models, the screen may be bigger, the camera may be better, the battery may last longer, but all the things that made the first iPhone so revolutionary are still there.
The biggest part of this is now a cornerstone of all Apple devices today – ‘multitouch’. Revolutionary for its time, the first iPhone removed the need for clickable buttons by giving users a stylishly smooth touch-screen that allowed you to slide, swipe, tap and pinch to change view. Although multitouch wasn’t a new technology in 2007, Apple were the first organisation to understand its practical uses and implement it into their products successfully.
One of the most noticeable things about an iPhone for me is the fact that you don’t need to read the manual to understand how to do the basic things – Apple and Steve Jobs himself even marketed it this way. You charge it up, turn it on and that’s it; you learn as you use. Of course the more complicated processes need a little bit of skill to execute, but by that point it’s likely you’re well on your way to becoming an iOS expert.
The iPhone has contributed significantly to making everything in our lives instantly more accessible – music, videos, films, photos, books, magazines and more are all within a few taps. No matter how an individual chooses to use their iPhone, the way and speed in which people can access and take in information has changed dramatically. This isn’t all down to a single device of course, but it’s certainly been at the forefront of handheld technology.
It’s not all good news though, some might say. Technically speaking the iPhone isn’t even fundamentally a phone – more of a multipurpose entertainment and communications device (but that doesn’t roll off the tongue so well!). It’s also had a hugely detrimental impact on sales of other more dedicated devices such as sat navs, music players, voice recorders and cameras.
It would also be fair to say that no other device in the last decade has done more to kill off the traditional phone than the iPhone. Irony in its highest form.
As someone that would much rather text or email, I’m fully on Apple’s side here and I know I’m not alone. So let’s all wish a Happy Birthday to one of the most popular devices ever made – and here’s to another 10 years.