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Hip hip, hooray: The Apple iPhone turns 8 years old today


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Whether you love it or hate it, Apple’s iPhone is without a doubt the most influential mobile device on the planet. And it just turned eight years old.

Yes, Apple first launched its app-toting touchscreen cellular on June 29, 2007, landing as the first of eight generations of immensely popular devices.

The first-gen iPhone was initially released in the USA on the local AT&T network, although it took the handset a further five months to make it to UK shores.

Back in those days, the big players in the handset market were Sony, Motorola, BlackBerry, and Nokia. Oh how times change.

So what sort of hardware did Apple roll out with its fledgling handset? A paltry 3.5-inch display, for a start – good luck finding one of those these days.

What’s more, the screen had a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, working out at a 165 ppi pixel density. That’s just shy of Amazon’s £60 Kindle eReader, for contrast.

The Apple iPhone ran on a 412MHz ARM 11 chip, 128MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 2-megapixel primary shooter. Selfie cameras weren’t even a thing in 2007.

Oh, and the thickness of the iPhone was a beefy 11.6mm, which is a far cry from the svelte 6.9mm profile of the current-gen iPhone 6.

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In its first five quarters after release, Apple managed to flog 6.1 million iPhone units. To put its popularity growth into perspective, the company sold 74.5 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in their first three months on sale.

Of course, the iPhone is a very different beast nowadays, and we’re mere months away from the full launch of iOS 9.

And then tomorrow brings the release of the Apple Music streaming service, which will land alongside the 24/7 Beats 1 radio station.

What are your fondest memories of the iPhone? Let us know in the comments below.

Also, check out our video review of the iPhone 6 to see how Apple’s flagship device has changed since the first-gen forerunner:


June 29, 2015, 5:03 pm

I bought the original iPhone when it came out. Plenty of fond memories:
- The look of awe on my friends' faces when I first showed it to them, like I was some sort of techno god from the future.
- The words of skepticism from friends about how much the total cost of the handset and contract was going to hit me.
- The look of bafflement from my old schoolfriends in provincial Wales who had at the time never heard of such a thing as an "iPhone".
- Taking it out of the wonderful vacuum-sealed box. Still the best product-opening experience ever.
- The solidity of the build. The 3G/3GS was a massive downgrade in that respect.
- The simplicity and speed of the device in the pre-App Store days. The processor might have been slow, but it didn't seem like it when the only software was Apple's own apps.
- The look of confusion several years later from a pub landlord who, not recognising the original design, swore it had to be a fake knock-off when it failed to fit into his music dock (which was, of course, only designed to accommodate the iPhone 3G and newer).

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