It exploded onto the scene with a burst of fanfare, a revolutionary device that, it can objectively be said, changed everything.
Five years ago today the first iPhone went on sale, six months after Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the touchscreen device, essentially a computer in the palm of your hand that displaced voice calls as the primary reason for carrying a mobile device.
"Apple`s version of the iPhone is a mobile phone that combines the wizardry of smartphones with the music- and movie-playing features of the iPod," is how NewsFactor reported the story on January 9, 2007. It features a large, 3.5" touchscreen, a 2-megapixel camera, and integrates fully with Apple`s iTunes music store. It`s less than half an inch wide, works on a pared-down version of Apple`s OS X (which in full form powers Apple notebooks and desktops), sports WiFi, Bluetooth, and EDGE (a type of mobile broadband), and runs on Cingular`s network."
What, No 3G?
It took six months, however, for the much-hyped device to get into consumers` hands. Just before the consumer launch, we reported analysts views that the phone set a new standard but noted some shortcomings. "[Analysts] pointed out that the iPhone doesn`t have 3G capabilities and can only use the much slower EDGE technology. The compensation for this shortcoming is that the iPhone can automatically switch to Wi-Fi networks, when available, for Internet browsing. On Wi-Fi, they report, the iPhone "flies."
The iPhone was followed by the 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S, and the anniversary comes as Apple is soon expected to release the sixth version of the device, now available via AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and a few regional carriers, with worldwide sales estimated at more than 35 million.
That makes it by far the single most popular device, although a range of devices by different manufacturers...
Posted by Asha 353 days ago (http://www.newsfactor.com)
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