Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Remember When? A Look Back at the First iPhone Announcement

The date? January 9, 2007. The occasion? The much-anticipated announcement of the very first iPhone. It was on that day nearly five years ago that Steve Jobs officially introduced the first-ever iPhone to the world. In light of the awaited iPhone 5 (as it’s been dubbed) announcement tomorrow, we thought we’d take a look back at the first iPhone.

iphone original announcement

The world first heard mention of Apple’s phone in December of 2004. Three years later, in January 2007, Jobs held a press conference to debut his device. After its unveiling, people only had to wait six months to get their hands on one.

After those six months, anxious customers waited in line to be the first to own the revolutionary device. Take a look at this news story from Chicago:

The specs of the first iPhone? For that we turn to Engadget:

“Sweet, glorious specs of the 11.6 millimeter device (that’s frickin’ thin, by the way) include a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen display with multi-touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the screen when it’s close to your face, 2 megapixel cam, 4GB or 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP, WiFi that automatically engages when in range, and quad-band GSM radio with EDGE. Perhaps most amazingly, though, it somehow runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes (of course) with CoverFlow out of the gate. A partnership with Yahoo will allow all iPhone customers to hook up with free push IMAP email. Apple quotes 5 hours of battery life for talk or video, with a full 16 hours in music mode — no word on standby time yet.”

The original iPhone blew us all away—yet somehow we believe that Apple will be able to do it again, four versions later.

Did you own the first iPhone? Have you upgraded to each iPhone since then?

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