Happy Birthday iPhone!

It’s not uncommon for a product to get to its 7th birthday, but it’s the fact that its Apple’s iPhone that is making us break out the celebratory pixels!


Steve Jobs at MacWorld 2007 debuting the iPhone

This day seven years ago, Steve Jobs stood on stage and announced the iPhone. “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” and boy was he not wrong!

Apple did indeed “reinvent” the phone. Up to this point in time, the majority of smart phones were small screened, qwerty keyboarded and generally clunky and/or ugly. If you’ve watched the video posted above, you’ll already know all this, and fair play to Jobs and Apple they got it right. They did.

In the past seven years however, the iPhone has continued to dominate and sell. Argue all you want about the ascendancy of Android handsets and how Windows Phone is taking over the world with it’s glacial like pace; the iPhone is still a product all age groups want to buy into. Let’s crunch a few numbers:

  • Over 420 million iPhones sold since June 29th 2007
  • Over 1 million apps available
  • More than $10 billion spent on those apps in 2013 alone
  • The iPhone makes Apple more money (53% of its renevue) than Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck do for Disney

We can gush, we can criticise, hell we can just not care! But one thing is for certain, this is one of the most mature seven year olds you’ll ever meet, and if it weren’t for Steve Jobs and Apple, the phone (not just smart phone) market would probably be a very different landscape today.


Wonder does Leo actually own/use an iPhone?!

Many happy returns to you, iPhone!

Image courtesy of Warner Bros

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iPhones r u best. At least they upgrade current iPhones to the next OS, windows cone doesn't only minor upgrades like 8.1 bug u won't get 9 on a Nokia 920

Happy Bithday Apple Iphone!! I certainly think you changed the game. Otherwise We would be stuck with the best of symbian and windows mobile,No Cheap H/W that we see today,all those breakthroughs mobCPU/display tech,ppi etc s done to thwart you.

Love you android.
PS: Do you know who else was born? iphone fanbois

Happy B-Day iPhone.
So much has changed since this evolutionary device was first announced.

Hardware has certainly progress to almost desktop-like capability.
Software which they say was 5 years ahead of everyone else, managed to be only 1 year ahead of everyone else.

One thing I missed an this may seem weird, even though today we have phones with full HD screens or better, I actually missed the old LCD on the 3GS where yo could see the pixels in the icons. Why? Not sure. But it just had this look that made it look cool to me. All this hype over things that mean nothing like PPI is just marketing junk.

The once greatest thing then was simplicity. Bells and whistles are nice, but I don't like bells and whistles being used as marketing ploys. We expect as devices get better, they will get faster. We expect more capability. We expect price to drop, or in some cases really give you more for the same cost.

I have had smartphones from all the brands and popular models he showed. To this day my favorite was my old Windows Phone devices. I tried the Treo, but hated the Palm OS, so I got one with Windows Mobile and I loved it. I had one Blackberry device which I hated.

I agreed that buttons were the Achilles heel of the old smartphone. What I didn't like about the iPhone is it forgot its roots. The point of technology is to improve what exists, not always get rid of an older technology. After all, doesn't the iPhone improve on old technology?

I would have loved to see Apple improve things like the stylus, not get rid of it. Handwriting is still faster than typing. And with many of todays phones like the Note, handwriting can be instantly digitized with a tap of a "button". TO me that is improvement without forgetting your roots.

Even though I don't own an iPhone now, it is one of the coolest devices of the 21st Century, and it should go down in history as one of the best computing devices ever made. In my opinion it superseded the Mac and the iPod in so many ways.

I have. Rocking the iPhone 5s with a Galaxy Notes 3 as a backup. We do have two of the original iPhones here at the house. I use it on the couch to post on Neowin sometimes. Slow, but it's a piece of history in my hand.

My iPhone 3G battery only held a charge for 30 minutes when I sold it on eBay last year. I'm surprised yours still works.

Its amazing that it has already been 7 years. I have used iPhones in the past and have always really liked them. You just cant beat iOS in terms of ease of use. Currently I own a Nexus 4 but sometime in the future would look at getting an iPhone again.

Congrats to Apple for 7 years of a successful product. Even if you don't like apple per say, the iPhone kick started other manufacturers out of their complacency. That's how technology moves forward, someone willing to break the mold and try something different.

Who in their right mind marks or celebrates phone "birthdays"? Oh wait, I forgot for a moment that iCultists are indeed that conceited.

How about tech enthusiasts who take a moment to remember where they came from? Or does everything have to be a stupid brand war?

Nogib said,
Who in their right mind marks or celebrates phone "birthdays"? Oh wait, I forgot for a moment that iCultists are indeed that conceited.

Web browser releases are celebrated an announced as well as other anniversary in the tech world. Why does it matter?

dead.cell said,
How about tech enthusiasts who take a moment to remember where they came from? Or does everything have to be a stupid brand war?

How come no other phones have their birthdays celebrated by umm, "tech enthusiasts"?

agtsmith said,
How come no other phones have their birthdays celebrated by umm, "tech enthusiasts"?

What single phone has had such a major impact? Maybe a Blackberry I suppose, however they didn't seem to do to well once the iPhone and Android devices got rolling.

agtsmith said,

How come no other phones have their birthdays celebrated by umm, "tech enthusiasts"?

Maybe because there's too many damn Androids to count the births. That's what I enjoyed about iOS devices...minimalism.

dead.cell said,

What single phone has had such a major impact? Maybe a Blackberry I suppose, however they didn't seem to do to well once the iPhone and Android devices got rolling.
Really?

Well lets review some milestones.
From what I remember, Nokia was the first company to sell over 100M phones in a single year. Blackberry also has solve over 100M phones in a single year with 100% of them being smartphones. Even though RIM, and Nokia didn't have touchscreen phones, phones with physical QWERTY keyboards still are more than 50% of the market in many countries. The iPhone is mostly opalr in USA/Europe. Even though other countries like the iPhone, not all of them can enjoy it like we can.

Even though we all hate carrier contracts, carriers have made phones like the iPhone affordable to all. Because if our country was like all the rest, Apple wouldn't be as successful.

LuvTechToys said,
Really?

Well lets review some milestones.
From what I remember, Nokia was the first company to sell over 100M phones in a single year. Blackberry also has solve over 100M phones in a single year with 100% of them being smartphones. Even though RIM, and Nokia didn't have touchscreen phones, phones with physical QWERTY keyboards still are more than 50% of the market in many countries. The iPhone is mostly opalr in USA/Europe. Even though other countries like the iPhone, not all of them can enjoy it like we can.

Even though we all hate carrier contracts, carriers have made phones like the iPhone affordable to all. Because if our country was like all the rest, Apple wouldn't be as successful.


What does numbers have to do with anything? lol, I don't even man...

Mr.XXIV said,

Maybe because there's too many damn Androids to count the births. That's what I enjoyed about iOS devices...minimalism.

They could still pic the flagship model from each OEM.

The Galaxy S we know is Samsung's. The Once for HTC. Motorola DROID.

Whilst we are all thanking the iPhone for it's contribution to the evolution of the smartphone, let's also thank the actual non Apple technologies that made it all possible.

Wow a blast from the bast with that keynote introducing the phone that changed everything. All of you who have Galaxy phones have Apple to thank.

Happy birthday iPhone! The phone truly changed the the smartphone market.

I was one of the guys who said then that touchscreen phones will never be as efficient as physical buttons and that people will hate it, I was wrong.

Whether you love or hate Apple, you have to admit the iPhone changed the game. Watching that video never gets old. I might have seen it 10 times.

Edited by warwagon, Jan 10 2014, 3:16pm :

as an android enthusiast i do admit that the original iphone and original iphone marketing change the game.

but today's iphone (5s/5c) is seriously behind and is no longer a game changer.

green_link said,
as an android enthusiast i do admit that the original iphone and original iphone marketing change the game.
but today's iphone (5s/5c) is seriously behind and is no longer a game changer.

that's because the iphone still looks pretty much the same as 2007

warwagon said,
Whether you love or hate Apple, you have to admit the iPhone changed the game. Watching that video never gets old. I might have seen it 10 times.

I think to deny it would just be sheer ignorance, frankly - though I'm sure some will still try.

I much prefer Android devices to iPhone and laugh at Apples prices for their iPhones (even the iPhone 4S sells for more than current, flagship Android phones which is ludicrous) but you can't deny that the iPhone was a revelation when it was announced in that keynote.

warwagon said,
Whether you love or hate Apple, you have to admit the iPhone changed the game. Watching that video never gets old. I might have seen it 10 times.

Yea, it's like a Master class in Marketing (of the BS variety)

ExplodingKnees said,

Yea, it's like a Master class in Marketing (of the BS variety)

What is BS about it? Honestly - break it down for us. I think it's an extremely compelling, slick presentation by a guy who knew how to sell products like no-one else.

Chicane-UK said,

What is BS about it? Honestly - break it down for us. I think it's an extremely compelling, slick presentation by a guy who knew how to sell products like no-one else.

The only truly memorable part of the presentation was the "internet communicator" comedy term. Even in 2007 that was cringe.

ExplodingKnees said,

The only truly memorable part of the presentation was the "internet communicator" comedy term. Even in 2007 that was cringe.

I like how you didn't even try. Good work.

techbeck said,
Sure changed Google's game/strategy.
Well you seem to have forgotten this fact. After Apple saw the LG Prada at the CES, they to scratched all their original iPhone plans and paid Sony to make a more minimalistic design which is the one they ended up using.

So you see, everyone manages to look at what others did and use aspects of what they see. After all how did Apple make Mac OS? Were they not inspired from what they saw at XEROX PARC? How did APple make the iPod, was it into inspired by the Walkman and other Digital Players? What inspired OS X/NextStep OS? Was it not inspired by many of the features and capabilities of Windows?

IMO, you make it sound as if one company just ame out the blue with a totally new idea, and the fact is they didn't. They copied someone else and rushed to market to be first.

Master of Earth said,
iPhone is the face of modern smartphone. Android is just a follower.
Wow, didn't take long for irrational fanboi unjustified "facts" to make it in here.

ir0nw0lf said,
Wow, didn't take long for irrational fanboi unjustified "facts" to make it in here.

FU, fanboy/irrational your butt. Android need to start all over again when the iPhone unveiled in 2007. Didn't you know or just pretend that android instigated the smartphone revolution.

techbeck said,
iPhone, Android, and WP are all the face of modern smartphones.

I don't think so, windows phone is no where near iPhone or Android in WW MS. Android is mostly replacement for feature phone and the high end model is not selling as good as iPhone. iPhone sold 153M alone in 2013 and is all high end phone not diluted hardware.

Master of Earth said,

I don't think so, windows phone is no where near iPhone or Android in WW MS.

What does market share have to do with a phone being modern? All smartphones being produced today are modern smart phones. Doesn't matter if Apple did it first. How things progress whether you are dealing with cars, PCs, or bubblegum. Its like saying a Ferrari isnt modern since the Toyota Camery has more market share.


Android is mostly replacement for feature phone and the high end model is not selling as good as iPhone. iPhone sold 153M alone in 2013 and is all high end phone not diluted hardware.

Arent all smartphones replacements for feature phones? Samsung has been doing great with sales and again, doesnt matter if they are near the sales of the iPhone. Android just has a different strategy that has been doing them well. Different hardware, price points, form factors...basically you buy a phone to fit you and your wallet. Basically the same strategy as Windows PCs.

I didn't flat out describe that windows phone isn't modern, the iPhone radical new UI is really much more modern at the moment. Live tiles is three years old and to customize the windows phone it isn't as flexible as iPhone or Android. All you have is the option of changing wide range of different color. As for the replacement for feature phone is that more developing countries just use android for making phone call or text message which they don't typically use beyond those two feature. Get it?

Master of Earth said,
iPhone is the face of modern smartphone. Android is just a follower.
iPhone stopped being a trendsetter about 4 versions ago. Ever since the iPhone4, which IMO is the first actually good iPhone, iPhone has been playing the catchup game in just about anything. Sure iPhone opened the door but by now they are overrun left and right.

Master of Earth said,
iPhone is the face of modern smartphone. Android is just a follower.
well you're 50% right. Android isn't a phone. Its a software.

Master of Earth said,

I don't think so, windows phone is no where near iPhone or Android in WW MS. Android is mostly replacement for feature phone and the high end model is not selling as good as iPhone. iPhone sold 153M alone in 2013 and is all high end phone not diluted hardware.

Why not consider this alternative. Yes the iPhone as a single modelled phone, has sold over 400M devices. Android has sold over 1B phones in less time. It doesn't matter if many are cheap, no one cares if the most expensive Android flagships don't sell like the iPhone does.

Just like with the Mac. Apple has sold roughly 140M+ Macs in its lifetime, while PC OEM, sell they yearly since 1996. Over 1.3Billion known users run Windows...right? None of them care that Apple has sold only 140M or so computers that all carry the same name.

The iPod save Apple. The iPod and its siblings like the iPhone and iPad are all the same devices, with pretty much the same functions. As it is with many products from a single OEM.

For me, I just don't see the need to compare baseless information. If you like iPhone great. As sales numbers have shown, it doesn't matter that Android came second. Windows came after Mac OS too. See how things turned out.

there are downsides to being first. The second guy gets to do the thing you didn't think of, and those are the things that matter.

Hello,

Master of Earth said,
iPhone is the face of modern smartphone. Android is just a follower.

Problem is that one day the follower decided to make itself leader.......and iOS could do nothing about it.

Hate to be that guy, but the original iPhone was announced January 9, 2007. It wasn't launched until June 29, 2007 (the part you actually did get right).

You're a day late, Neowin.

Andrew Lyle said,
Hate to be that guy, but the original iPhone was announced January 9, 2007. It wasn't launched until June 29, 2007 (the part you actually did get right).

You're a day late, Neowin.

Yeah, Mac Rumours had this on yesterday