The original iPhone hit stores on June 29, 2007 — and the world hasn’t been the same since.
If that sounds like hyperbole, consider this: You’re probably reading this on an iPhone or its chief rival, an Android phone. You’ve seen countless photos or videos in the past 24 hours — on social media, on TV news — that were shot on an iPhone. Social media and messaging, meanwhile, wouldn’t be nearly as powerful or universal if it hadn’t been supersized on mobile, cut free from the shackles of the desktop computer.
Remember point-and-shoot cameras, dashboard GPS units, camcorders, PDAs and, yes, even the iPod? Those were just some of the gadget categories that either disappeared altogether or ended up reduced to niche status thanks to the ubiquity of the iPhone and the modern phones that it pioneered.
And Apple itself is the most valuable company in the world right now, with a market cap of about three quarters of a trillion dollars, thanks mostly to the success of the iPhone.
With that in mind, let’s take a look back to where it all began a decade ago. (And note that much of this content was first published in January of this year, to mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone’s unveiling on January 9, 2007.)
: Kent German reviewed the iPhone when it was first released. Now he takes the original text, and annotates it with his thoughts and reflections 10 years on.
: What was it like to turn a full review of the most coveted gadget in history in under 24 hours? Kent provides a play-by-play.
: Scott Stein fired up his first-generation iPhone — and it still works! Here’s what it’s like to use that product a decade later — and how it compares to its modern descendant, the iPhone 7 Plus.
: Yes, the iPhone really did change everything. Shara Tibken documents how the post-iPhone world is a different place — for better, and for worse.
: CNET News’ Editor-in-Chief Connie Guglielmo was in the room on January 9, 2007 when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone to the world. This is what she saw.
: The iPhone has had an amazing first decade. But how will it change over the next 10 years?
: The original iPhone, in photos.
: The mini 3.5-inch screen of the original iPhone looks downright puny next to the monster 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
: You won’t believe how far phone cameras have come until you see the photos we shot using the original iPhone.
: RIP camcorders, GPS and ebook readers. Oh, and magazines, compasses, and calculators. Here are all the things the iPhone killed off.
: BlackBerry. Nokia. Windows Mobile. Motorola. Palm. These were the phones that were hot when the iPhone hit the market.
: The tech world into which the iPhone was born looks a lot different than the one today. Here’s what you’d find on the shelves of Best Buy back in 2007.
: The iPhone spawned an entire industry of custom accessories: docks, cables, cases and chargers, to name just a few. But for all the practical ones, there were plenty that were just plain weird.
: Apple’s cofounder was a master showman, and the launch of the iPhone was arguably his greatest performance ever.
: After Jobs’ presentation, the closest anyone could get to the iPhone was seeing it under glass.
: Kent German and Donald Bell give a video tour of the original iPhone soon after its June 2007 release.
: Kent German reflects on what it was like to review the most-hyped gadget of all time.
: What’s it like using the original iPhone in 2017? This is the video portion of Scott Stein’s nostalgic look back.