The iPhone turns 10: how Apple sparked a revolution
Jan 12 2017 by Anna Nguyen
When I finally started using the computer, things became easier, but it was not until I started using the iPad that I came to appreciate how much technology could revolutionize work, with apps like Pages and automatic editing and spell checking made easier with just a touch on the screen.
It obviously wasn't an empty boast. Jobs was naturally surprised, and of course didn't know what I was talking about, but he smiled and just said, "Thank you, too".
Sticking with the heady year of hearsay that was 2011, the release of LG's Optimus 3D - the first smartphone to offer (rubbish) glasses-free 3D - and the HTC Evo 3D prompted speculation that Apple was readying an "iPhone 3D". However, sales were still lower year on year, with Apple selling 48.05 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2015.
We use iPhones and their copycats to instantly share video and pictures with friends and family from nearly anywhere.
Apple's commitment to the non-fragmented and secure operating system that drives the iPhone is vital if we're going to connect essential public utilities to the same networks that drive our VCR or toaster.
"So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls; a revolutionary mobile phone; and a breakthrough Internet communications device".
Which iPhone model do you use as your main device? . It sold 1.39 million in the first year. Meanwhile, almost 1.9 billion mobile phones shipped a year ago, up from 1.15 billion in 2007.
The following weekend a Sunday newspaper columnist described me as having clutched the phone as if it were "a fragment of the true cross", and some viewers complained that the BBC had given undue prominence to a product launch.
He reiterated Apple's mantra that the company focuses on "the best" when it comes to the iPhone.
Oh, and we've also seen the iPhone get thinner and lighter, the screen get bigger, the 30-pin port replaced with the Lightning port, and the headphone jack get taken off to Silicon Heaven.
With Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) finally forecasting its revenue in Q1 will return to growth following three quarters of year-over-year declines, investors will be looking for iPhone sales to help the tech giant deliver on management's robust outlook when the company reports its financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2017 on January 31.
And to think, precisely a decade ago the iPhone was little more than a trendy tech gadget for diehard Apple fans to ogle. To the casual observer, an iPhone from 2007 looks much the same as an iPhone from 2017, retaining the familiarity of the Home button, the volume buttons, and the power button. Last year, developers netted payments of $20 billion (€19 billion) after Apple took its cut - the company takes a 30 per cent cut from apps and subscriptions sold through the platform - as spending in the store rose 40 per cent.
Most smartphones now run on Android, partly because Google gives away the software. In the case of the iPhone 6s Plus amidst the iPhone 7 Plus' release, the price dropped by about $120 - since the iPhone 7 Plus, at $769 for the base model, is precisely $120 more than the $749 turned $649 price tag of the base-model iPhone 6s Plus.
Well, no. As it often has, Apple stuck to its premium guns, and while we did eventually get a marginally cheaper, smaller edition of the modern iPhone style with the excellent iPhone SE, "the Nano" was always just smoke and mirrors. "The best is yet to come".