I still remember Saturday the 30th June 2007 clearly.
On this day 10 years ago I landed in Florida on a family holiday. It was the day after the iPhone went on sale in the USA and I made straight for the Apple Store at the Florida Mall.
The potato quality photo above shows the first time I held an iPhone. Not to be over dramatic but it really did feel like a seminal moment. It was a wrench to have to wait many more months for the UK version to finally launch in November of that year. I’ve owned pretty much every iPhone since bar the 7.
Nine years previously my first ‘smartphone’ was this Nokia 9000i. Having a 386 in my (rather large) pocket and receiving Fax’s on the go felt pretty wild.
Fast forwarding, my final smart Bi device (Before iPhone), was this MDA Vario II.
It’s hard to over emphasise the leap the iPhone brought. It was like moving forward a decade over night.
It feels like nothing before or since has come close to this technological leap in my lifetime. I doubt anything else will in the future.
Whether you’re an Apple fanboy, hardcore Android aficionado or anything in between you’ll hopefully agree that the first iPhone was a very special thing that brought so many innovations that surround us all today.
If you missed it live, or you want to see it again, here’s that Steve Jobs keynote revealing the iPhone at MacWorld on 9th January 2007 [jump to around 21:45]…