It's been a decade and a half since the announcement of perhaps the most confident, visionary and groundbreaking announcement in the history of the consumer-technology world. IPhone in 15 years.
“Sometimes there are products that change the whole world. In 1974 we introduced Macintosh. It's not just Apple that changed it, it changed the whole computing world. In 2001 we introduced the iPod. Not only has it changed our listening habits, it has changed the whole music world. Today we are going to unveil three groundbreaking products of that quality.
This is how Steve Jobs, then Apple chief, described the iPhone of the near future on January 9, 2006 at the Moscow Convention Center in San Francisco. As soon as he got up on the stage, he announced, "Today we will all make history together."
After a decade and a half, the question may arise, did Apple chief Jobs then think that in a decade and a half, the innovative technology of the product in his hands would be able to influence the global economy and politics?
But yes, he declared with complacency, "I have been waiting for this day for the last two and a half years."
Until the unveiling of the iPhone, Jobs has dominated the 'smartphone' market with the then RIM-made BlackBerry phone. However, the ‘smartphones’ of the past were not within the reach of the public, but were more accepted as a luxury product.
It's not that Apple's iPhone brought smartphone technology into the public eye by breaking the boundaries of 'luxury' products. After a decade and a half, Apple is the maker of the most expensive smartphones on the market. But the 'tsunami' that Jobs created in the technology market with the first iPhone, due to the influence of the Android platform, the smartphone of the well-known and anonymous brand has reached the public.
It was clear in his announcement that he was going to present the groundbreaking technology to the world. "The iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone."
Apple's iPhone has changed the world in many ways. On the 15th anniversary of the unveiling of the first iPhone, let's find out the unknown information about the 'revolutionary' smartphone and its maker in the language of Steve Jobs.
1. Apple's market capitalization in 2007 was 17.4 billion. On January 3, 2022, Apple reached the market value of three trillion dollars.
2. The first iPhone had a silver aluminum casing. The latest model of the iPhone, the iPhone 13's main frame is made of aluminum, but the front and back have the latest technology glass, available in five colors.
3. The first iPhone was priced at 499, with 4GB of storage. Storage could be expanded to 6 GB by spending another 100. The current 256 GB memory iPhone 13 Grow Max sells for 1099. The 1 terabyte memory version of the same smartphone costs 1599.
4. When the first iPhone came on the market, Instagram, Uber, TikTok, Twitch, Snap, Lift, Doordash, Tinder, Slack, Lime, PostMets, Venmo and Pinterest did not exist.
5. The first iPhone had only one camera, the camera was on the back of the device. And the iPhone 13 has four cameras. Three of these are on the back of the device, the fourth is the front camera.
6. The first iPhone did not have the feature of copy-pasting text. The feature debuted on the iPhone in 2009 with the iPhone OS 3.
7. There were only 15 apps in the first version of the iPhone: Calendar, Camera, Clock, Contacts, iPod, Maps, Messages, Notes, Phone, Photos, Safari, Stocks, Voice Memos, Weather and Settings.
8. Apple has marketed 33 models of iPhone in 15 years. Currently there are only eight in the market.
9. Video could not be recorded on the first iPhone. And in the current iPhone 13 Pro, 4K video can be recorded at the rate of 80 fps.
10. The iPhone has also been used to shoot movies such as Unseen, Tangerine, Dettor, High Flying Bird and Snow Steam Lion.
11. The first iPhone did not have MMS support. The device did not have any feature to send photos and videos via text message. Later, those features were added to the iPhone through 'iPhone OS 3'.
12. The screen of the first iPhone was 3.5 inches. The screen size of the current iPhone 13 Mini is 5.4 inches. The screen of iPhone 13 is 6.1 inches and the screen of iPhone 13 Pro Max is 7.6 inches.
13. ‘FaceTime’ debuted in 2021. iMessage came in 2011.
14. Apple's 'App Store' was launched on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps. At present there are one crore 80 lakh apps in the App Store.
15. Apple sold 10 million iPhones on September 10, 2007, 74 days after the first iPhone was unveiled. Apple has sold 21 crore 67 lakh iPhones in 2018. The company has sold 1 million iPhones in an average of one and a half days. Apple has stopped publishing information about the sale of iPhone after 2018.