iPhone Puts Six Candles on its Birthday Cake
On this date in 1768, the first modern circus was staged. In 1788, Connecticut joined the United States. In 1894, the first battery-operated telephone switchboard came online. But on this day in 2007, an event of such historical magnitude that all those other events pale in comparison occurred.
“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.”
Those inspirational words, uttered by our hero Steve Jobs, were both a severe understatement and a prelude to what would become nothing less than a monumental event: the public unveiling of the iPhone.
On January 9, 2007, a room full of extremely fortunate men and women watched Jobs confidently stride onto a stage to deliver the keynote address at Macworld at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Yes, it was on this day in 2007 that– in his trademark black turtleneck, of course–he delivered the address that would forever change the world.
Although we can’t picture a world without the iPhone today, the audience–nay, the world–was captivated by the notion of navigating through one’s music library by scrolling on a touchscreen. Those in attendance that day were treated to a preview of what would quickly become the best mobile device ever bestowed upon mankind.
With every new feature that Jobs revealed, the audience cheered and applauded. What happened that day set the stage for a new era in technology, and during that address, we were witness to the first public phone calls ever made on an iPhone.
To call that day merely magical is a severe understatement.
The press release that Apple issued that day called iPhone (it wasn’t “the iPhone” just then) touted the device as “a revolutionary mobile phone.”
“iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone,” Jobs was quoted as saying. Here we are six years later, and the iPhone continues to dominate the cell phone industry, and that’s precisely as it should be.
On this, the sixth anniversary of the big iPhone reveal, we pay tribute to Jobs, Jony Ive, and all the other men and women who made the iPhone possible.
Today, leave us all hold our iPhones just a little bit tighter, and leave us give thanks for those men and women who made this beautiful, life-changing device possible.
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