”Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.”
–Steve Jobs, January 9th, 2007 at the Macworld Conference & Expo
And they did!
The first version of the Apple iPhone came out 8 years ago today and truly revolutionized all of our lives.
Apple began working on the iPhone in 2005 in a secret collaboration with AT&T, under the code name Project Purple 2, based on the simple idea of creating a device that was touch screen, therefore eliminating the keyboard in exchange for a bigger screen.
When it finally came out in 2007, afters years of intense rumours and speculation, it was named invention of the year by Time Magazine.
Sure, the flip phones and BlackBerrys we owned before the iPhone could ”search the web”, text and make phone calls, but they were different. They weren’t as user friendly, they didn’t look as perfect and they certainly didn’t have the wow effect that the iPhone had upon its release.
The iPhone changed the way we interact with each other, the way we shop, the way we take pictures, the way we get our news, the way we LIVE. Most of you are probably reading this very blog post on an iPhone. For most of us, our iPhone is the first thing we interact with in the morning. It’s hard to image a world without it.
You may own a different brand of smartphone, but let’s not forget that the iPhone did touch screen first. It’s the grandfather of them all, not to mention iPads and tablets.
Do you remember life without a smartphone?