People forget that when Steve Jobs announced the device in January 2007, the cellphone industry was inundated with tiny screens and fiddly keyboards.
With its then huge 3.5-inch multi-touch display and integrated accelerometer, the iPhone challenged an industry that lacked innovation. Most of the rivals scoffed. Smartly, Google changed course and redesigned its running Android hardware and software to follow Apple’s lead. Check out the original Apple press release for the iPhone.
Will iOS be more open than Android in the future? Things could change, given the lawsuits Apple is currently facing on this matter. But strangely enough, the original iPhone was very closed and very open at the same time. Apple’s plan was for developers to use web apps to expand functionality – defining an open ecosystem.
But people started complaining, the jailbreaking community showed what can be done with native apps, and the company gave way. A year later, the first new app on every iPhone was the App Store. And then probably something to make farting noises.
In pure numbers, Android dominates due to its prevalence on cheap devices. But in countries like the US and the UK, Apple actually has the edge. The real winner, however, is the iPhone vision of a small blank canvas that can be anything.
“A widescreen iPod with touch controls; a revolutionary mobile phone; a groundbreaking internet communicator. Do you get it These are not three separate devices. This is a device – and we call it an iPhone. “
Steve Jobs, Jan. 9, 2007
The black rectangle took over and displaced cameras, music players, e-readers, consoles, televisions, musical instruments and even PCs from people’s lives. Soon your entire existence will consist of you, a chair and a black rectangle. Funny how a device that revolutionized technology made so much of it look exactly the same.
Three months after launch, Apple scrapped the 4GB iPhone and pulled $ 200 off the 8GB iPhone. Early buyers complained; Apple gave them $ 100. There’s a moral here, but we’re not sure what it is.
Watch Steve Jobs Reveal The Original iPhone At Macworld 2007 Here: