Apple’s iPhone turns 5 today

What were you doing five years ago today?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs with the original iPhone Jan. 9, 2007.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs with the original iPhone Jan. 9, 2007.

If you’re a techie, you may have been listening to Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveil the first iPhone.

AppleInsider takes us back to that day, Jan. 9, 2007, which Jobs rightly called “historic.”

“Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” said Jobs.

Even the most ardent Android fan would have to agree — the iPhone, after all, helped transform Apple into the world’s largest company according to market value.

Jobs may not have invented the MP3 player or the smartphone, but he found the popcorn kernel of truth in Orville Redenbacher’s business philosophy still holds true: “produce the best quality and sell in quality retail outlets.”

In 1996, when Jobs returned to Apple, the company was in a shambles. Cheap PCs running Windows had destroyed Apple’s computer sales.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, believe it or not, gave Apple the $150 million it needed to market and produce the iMac, which didn’t run Windows but the operating system of Apple’s future — NeXT.

The cash cow known as the iPod was unveiled in 2001, further fueling Apple’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes.

Now, Apple has new challenges. Android phone specs have overtaken the iPhone. And Samsung is now the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones.

What will Apple do next? Rumors are the TV will be the next device Apple improves, but they’ve tried before with minimal success.

Or perhaps it will be the iPhone 5 that puts Apple back firmly atop the smartphone ecosystem? New rumors are flying almost every day.

One thing’s for sure, whatever Apple releases next will have plenty of imitators. If you don’t believe me, look at the phone in your pocket.

19 comments Add your comment

NotYou

January 9th, 2012
11:59 am

Die hard Android supporter, but I’m about to switch to iOS. Although Android’s openness offers a lot of great features, the OS level bugs and fragmentation across phone manufacturers just gets annoying. There is some benefit from being locked down and vanilla like Apple.

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Banjo Banker

January 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

I decided to buy an iPhone after hearing Steve Job’s Keynote speach. The day they were available. I braved a 90+ degree day to stand in line and be one of the first! I bought one for me and another for my wife, numbers 6 and 7 in Alabama! We have both loved the functionality and all the features. There are now four in my family: 2 3GS, a 4 and a new 4S. And luckily for me, because we were early adopters, I have the unlimited data plan for all four. I have been grandfathered in on all the upgrades. I can not imagine life without my iPhone. Steve was right when he said they were going to be ” a game changer.”

Ummmm....

January 9th, 2012
2:31 pm

I don’t have an IPhone, an IPAD, an MP3 playere, a camera phone, etc….just this old dinosaur known as a flip phone. Had it for 5 years now…

Ummmm....

January 9th, 2012
2:31 pm

But, I do know how to text!

Ummmm....

January 9th, 2012
2:32 pm

And, If I’m correct, I think my phone is either a 1G or a 2G. By the time I get to a 4G, I don’t know…..

Connie

January 9th, 2012
2:37 pm

First of all happy five,second had an android phone,worst thing ever,drop calls,just always having problems,third in last I have the iphone4s also the ipad2 by apple,will never change,apple rules,the best

icloud ruined my life

January 9th, 2012
3:24 pm

I have loved my iphone until I upgraded the software and received icloud. I guess it is me, but it has ruined my phone, my email, my contacts. I’m going out to buy an Android tonight. I hope life will be better.

Ummmm....

January 9th, 2012
3:31 pm

That’s why my flip phone is just fine. All I need to do is talk on it.

ch2

January 9th, 2012
3:43 pm

Miss you Steve, … happy anniversary I-phone.

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Owner of a lonely fart

January 9th, 2012
10:48 pm

I have to hand it to Steve Jobs, he convinced millions of people they “needed” new trinkets

KylaOpinnioncounts

January 9th, 2012
11:05 pm

I can’t wait to get the new Iphone 5, it will be the new thing, I have the crappy LG script from MTA, yeah NOT fun, I can’t wait til’ I can show it off to my friends go APPLE!!

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Lilli Caldeira

January 10th, 2012
10:41 am

Looks like the WSJ got this story ALL WRONG.Sprint did NOT get the iPhone 5.Nobody did.There is NO iPhone 5.

badcarburetor

January 13th, 2012
2:37 pm

Hey icloudruined my life, I hate iCloud when I upgraded to it. So, I did the research and did a ful restore with that option deselected. It will be a pain, but I recommend you got that way rather than suffering the inconvenience and expense of downgrading to an Android phone.

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iphone #1

January 25th, 2012
6:20 pm

Iphone — best device by far! I have the ipad, itouch, iphone, airbook—all best in their class. All this other android / windows junk? not even close.