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Apr 12, 2001

Today marks 16 years since Apple CEO Steve Jobs stood on stage at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, California, on January 9 and introduced the iPhone to the world for the first time.


Standing on stage at Macworld Expo, Jobs uttered words that would go down in history as introducing a device that would change everything. "Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone," Jobs said, unveiling the iPhone that stood apart given, at the time, its futuristic design, a multi-touch display with no physical keyboard, and iPhoneOS, a proper mobile operating system.

Jobs famously described the iPhone as an iPod with touch controls, a phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device, three distinct areas that no device at the time managed to tackle all at once. The original iPhone had a 3.5-inch LCD display, a 2-megapixel camera, and an aluminum and plastic body.


Every year since the original iPhone, Apple has continued to update it with new features and capabilities. The first significant redesign of the iPhone came with the iPhone 4 in 2010, three years after the introduction of the original iPhone. The iPhone 4 marked a turning point in the history of the iPhone, offering an entirely new design with flat edges, a brand new Retina display, the A4 processor, a 5-megapixel camera, LED flash, and more.


Two years later, the iPhone 5 marked another redesign for the iPhone, making it taller with a larger Retina display, the A6 chip, a thin design making it the "thinnest smartphone in the world" at the time, a new 8-megapixel iSight camera, and more.

In the years that followed, Apple would introduce several innovations that continue to live on to this day, such as Touch ID and Face ID, advanced cameras, industry-leading smartphone performance and battery life, sleek designs, and a tightly integrated ecosystem of devices.


Fast forward to today, the iPhone lineup has five different models: the iPhone SE, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Current-day iPhones include features unthinkable at the time of the original iPhone, including an all-screen display with no Home Button and thin bezels, facial recognition, 4K video recording, a 48MP camera, Dynamic Island, a higher-refresh rate display, and all the features and capabilities of iOS 16.

Article Link: 16 Years Ago Today, Steve Jobs Introduced the iPhone
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Mr Fusion

macrumors 6502a
May 7, 2007
Like a lot of Apple products though, it took a revision (iPhone 3G) before it was ready for the masses.

Even at the time, the connectivity (no 3G data), the productivity (anyone remember Steve’s push for web apps?) and primarily the price (non-subsidized at $499) kept it more as a novelty. The 3G fixed all these issues, and the rest is history. 🤓

To think $499 for a phone used to be considered expensive… 😅


macrumors 603
Jul 29, 2002
Vancouver, BC
It is January 9, 2007
"Good morning, How may I help you?""Yes, I'd like to order 4,000 lattes to go, please,"

There will never be another Steve Jobs. A true legend in his own right. I truly looked at him as a father figure with how he calmly managed crowds. It's like he had traveled back in time and already knew the future.


macrumors 6502
Nov 27, 2011
It was great, and I know macrumors isn't Apple, but really the Apple market has to stop living in the past and constantly celebrating past glories.

Steve was visionary and had a rare gift. The iMac was a fantastic piece of design and marketing from the company, and the iPhone transformed the use of mobile phones. And made Apple as successful as they are today.

But none of this should be used as an excuse to paper over the decaying quality of macOS and the stagnation of iOS. Apple has become complacent.

But they get away with it as people keep buying, because on balance they're barely sufficiently better than the competition, but that is degraded every day. It's shameful that none of the recent apple computers permit memory upgrades, something which made them affordable and allowed you to extend them as needed. Look at the state of Ventura, the ugly system settings page. The weather app on iOS. Basic stuff that apple get away with because they're in cruise mode.
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