Six years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone

By , Jan 9, 2013

January 2007 iPhone introduction (Steve Jobs, multitouch patented slide)

As I look around and I see all of the touchscreen smartphones and tablets on the market, I think, it’s hard to believe that Apple started all of this 6 years ago. That’s right, 6 years ago today, Steve Jobs took the stage at Macworld ’07 and unveiled the long-awaited iPhone.

Now, you can argue that there were smartphones before the iPhone, even touchscreen phones. But you can’t say that Apple didn’t change the mobile landscape forever that day in the Moscone Center. And as tribute, we’ve got videos of the keynote and more after the fold…

There’s a reason why this video has over 4 million hits, and there are hundreds of duplicates of it on YouTube. This was a big day. It was a big day for Apple, it was a big day for Steve — easily one of his most memorable keynotes — it was a big day for the whole world.

Never before had people seen a smartphone that was so easy to operate, with its large 3.5-inch TFT display and app-driven user interface. And it didn’t just look good, it had an ARM 11 processor, a built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor, and 8-hour battery life.

Apple would go on to sell 6.1 million units of the original iPhone, over 5 quarters. But it wouldn’t stop there. It would continue to refresh the handset, every year, and build the iPhone into one of the most popular mobile phones in the world, and its biggest money-maker.

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  • M Last

    OMG!
    I remember,was fantastic day
    I agree, before iphone all smartphones were sucks

    Steve missed you!

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    We should call this “the revolution of smartphones”

  • M_AlO

    Hmm, I expected the article to be longer..

  • seyss

    to all the android fuckers vulturing this blog.. you ignorants should watch the first keynotes on iphone / appstore / ios3 and see where all the features you have came from

    • http://twitter.com/sexyhamthing @sexyhamthing

      Dont be a hater.
      Call apple orginal? Research xerox parc and find where mac came from.

      • http://twitter.com/yashgorana Yash Gorana

        research Apple Newton, where did it come from !?

        Android is just a perfect replica of apple’s OS … developed it very well over the few years … yet sucks in interface.
        samsung….on the other hand is just an ignorant agitated noob trying to hit the star.
        I’m eagerly waiting when there are no more ideas left with samsung… and will be back making washing machines and refrigerators (and that too, i guess, will have Android..ahah….dumbass. !

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        lol… the fact that i have to xerox parc and cant see it all around me means iphone is more popular..

  • MagicDrumSticks

    funny,you should see where Notification Center, banner notifications, wifi sync, lainching camera from lock screen, widgets all came from.

    Oh that’s right… From “android fuckers.”

    Don’t be such a tool

    • http://www.facebook.com/tommyturtle Tom Downer

      Yes but you still choose the IPhone not some android plastic pos

    • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

      From the jailbreak community, not from Andriod.

    • macboy74

      Actually a lot of it came from jailbreak but whatever. No matter what Apple begin the trend of the current smartphone not Android.

  • http://twitter.com/Sawsadistic Jigsaw

    Lol he had some Eminem on there.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    Too bad my iPhone 5 isn’t all that different..:/

    • Kurt

      still looks the same. so innovative :/

    • nima

      Dude, they don’t change the phones OS, they add to it, and comparing the ios 2 to ios 6, there are over 1200 features!

      • Johnathan Jennings

        It it’s the same boring shit that came with iOS 2! Look at android 4 and where it’s came since it was released. That’s what iOS should have been.

      • macboy74

        Umm I had the HTC Dream and ice cream sandwich is no different then what was on my phone then. Thats all they did was add things just like Apple and every other oem. One thing that has not improved is the lag and glitchy part of the ui on Android but that will always be there.

      • Johnathan Jennings

        My 4.2 Nexus 7 is nearly as un-laggy as my iPad. But google needs to rewrite android from scratch to make it better.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        google has that jittery buggy rough scroll effect al he damn time no matter how power full the hardware is cause android is just crappy code.. speed and smoothness of user experience is the number one priority

      • Johnathan Jennings

        Yep, I like you.

      • http://twitter.com/martinbusek Martin Busek

        if you are bored, get android

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        android sucks..sooo no

      • nima

        Suck my dick fucking android lover

      • Johnathan Jennings

        Android lover..? I used to be an iSheep. I finally pulled my head out of my ass and bought a Windows Phone instead of my iPhone 5 and I also bought an nexus 7 to replace my iPad. I am not an android lover you prick.

      • nima

        The only thing that prick is my dick bitch, and I’m going to stick it in YOuR mom

      • Johnathan Jennings

        Haha you’re funny:)

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        thats a gay thing to say

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1432237131 Chhun Sereyrithy

    Thank you Steve and we miss you! I still can feel the excitement each time I watch this keynote “Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” “And boy have we patented it” …

    • nima

      ME TOO

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1432237131 Chhun Sereyrithy

        Thank you Nima. That’s a great attitude as a human being, whether as an Apple fan or Android fans to appreciate such a pioneer and tech revolutionist feature like Steve Jobs. I hope those who said bad about Steve and Apple could take some time of their life google a little bit about him and Apple, about the origin of personal computer, intuitive bitmap graphical interface, mouse, iPhone, iPod, iPad, iTunes, aluminum unibody MBP, MBR … you name it. God blesses us!

      • nima

        Well, probably Steve jobs had the best life experience then most people.
        I don’t know if apple will revolutionize like steve jobs did.
        apple will just be ahead from know on, but nothing new and enovating will be made I guess.

  • ExRoot

    Humm. Never saw This video before. Interesting thing is it practically the same UI as the one I’m typing on right now. Exciting then but boring and played out now. Glad for my jailbreak.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      that is very embarrassing.. the damn UI is so static and boring … can we please have so active 3D wallpapers and some parallax scrolling effects and some improved UI eye candy… ? why have all this new power and speed is we can use it to have some visual fun on out tiny super high res iPhone screens

  • JinOnyxMusic

    I was so fascinated by this post that I watched the whole presentation of Steve presenting the iPhone. I didn’t joing the iPhone community until the iPhone 3GS, but now because of their amazing products and Steve’s legacy and my love for electronics, I had to honor him and take my time to view this amazing video.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Thank You Steve….

  • Nvrhde

    I dont undestand why ppl love android hate iphone and vice a versa

    All the technological advancement we have to day are shaped litlle by little from past

    And all tech giants are interdependent

    We didn’t have S3 or i5 20 yeara a go

    • Dan

      I like both devices, I don’t get why people get so worked up about it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1054455252 Chris Breidenstine

        BECAUSE SOMEONE ON THE INTERNET IS WRONG!!!!!!!

    • nima

      Is there any other phone except iPhone?

  • nima

    Steve, we miss you.
    I have a gift from Steve and my parents which was the iPhone 5, thanks Steve!

  • http://twitter.com/cheeyuyanggg Chee Yu Yang

    time passes so fast..

  • http://twitter.com/martinbusek Martin Busek

    I don’t understand why there is so many people crying for new UI for iOS. Why? I think that even after 6 years it still works great and looks BEST. I’m always happy to see new tweaks and functions but I wouldn’t change the basic layout and design… It just works… for everyone! Anyone who gets an iOS device, knows immediately how to use it and that is very important. iOS is the best mobile os out there… That is a fact.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      I agree with maintaining the fundamental signature look and style of IOS but they most improve it and add interesting effects and features to it to keep it fresher than they have done so far

  • http://www.facebook.com/pisot.vorn Pisot Vorn

    That kind of a harsh statement don’t you think Seyss. Steve job did not invent the mobile industry what he did was simply take the existing idea and perfect it more into easier and more powerful platform. That exactly what happen with android because people behind it properly don’t like iOS so they invent their own idea which is android. Also do not say I’m and android because in using iPhone 5. It just that your statement is too offended that all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    and today it still has the same boring UI interface function and layout as day 1… that is tragic

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      especially the IPAD ui .. it needs more life and more fun