Original iPhone's First Four Reviewers Reminisce About Getting Their Hands on It for the First Time

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With the iPhone's tenth birthday coming up this week, CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment today taking a look back at the development and launch of the original iPhone.

    The segment from David Pogue includes a roundtable session with Pogue, Walt Mossberg, Steven Levy, and Ed Baig, the four journalists who received review units of the iPhone in 2007 just prior to its launch.
    Pogue also sits down for a brief interview with Bas Ording, one of the key Apple engineers behind the first iPhone.
    The segment doesn't break any new ground on the background of the iPhone, but it's a nice piece highlighting the milestone anniversary of the device that changed the world.

    Article Link: Original iPhone's First Four Reviewers Reminisce About Getting Their Hands on It for the First Time
  2. robertpatryk macrumors member

    May 28, 2013
    "how they do a little bounce when you get to the end."

    I remember that as I got my first iPhone in 2008 and I immediately felt in love.
  3. Sunny1990, Jun 25, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    iPhone really changed the world.it was a class leading product of its time.

    I do remember what it's was like to hold the original iPhone for the first time.:)
  4. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    I remember this site when they gave a writer an iPhone to write a bunch of articles on it. KatieKaChoo - if I recall correctly. Those articles were pretty interesting at the time. I was using a Pocket PC phone and was curious to see how they compared. Wonder what Katie is up to these days too and if she's still writing.
  5. joneill55 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    "My how my friends have gotten older!" o_O
    -Irish Proverb
  6. BigHonkingDeal macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2009
    Fort Pierce
    I remember watching Steve's keynote and said if this thing can do half of what it promised I need to have one.... Was in line on day one and have not looked back. (well side ways maybe)
  7. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    It really puts it in perspective watching this video just how much has changed since the iPhone came. Today we have phones that break over 100mbps on LTE, screens with such high resolutions that we can't see the pixels, sharing messages and photos with the tap of a finger, tapping on ANY song you want to listen to and have it play instantly, and taking pictures we would have never thought possible without a high-end camera. The iPhone truly has made the world a better place. Even with Android still in it ;) just kidding
  8. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I watched that keynote live and when I saw Steve hold up the iPhone for the first time, I was like...

    "Yep, that's what ALL THE PHONES will look like from now on (current phone manufacturers, start your copy engines)..."

    My favorite reveal and launch, actually, was T-Mobile's Android Smartphone - "only a USB Port" - people were like, WTF? ;)
  9. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Back in the days when people got excited over a 2 megapixel camera, haha. Amazing how far we’ve come.
  10. camarobh macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    The iPhone changed my life. And my family's life. I bought the first iPhone on launch day, and every iPhone since. I once spent the night outside on a sidewalk waiting to buy one. We may never again see such a revolutionary product.
  11. nilcoalescingoperator macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2016
    One correction: Bas Ording was a key designer, not engineer (though his talents certainly bridge the design-engineering gap!)
  12. BigDO macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2012
    I remember getting one shortly after launch, and trying to convince myself to use it over my workhorse Nokia 71. It was painfully slow compared to it, couldn't send MMS, camera was much worse, and I couldn't save/edit any attachments.

    Yet it was somehow incredibly cool to touch and use, especially pinching to zoom and scrolling. It just kept getting better and better, and finally when the 3GS came out it was undoubtedly the phone to use.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 25, 2017 ---
    We will, and it will come from Tesla.
  13. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Actually, I remember a lot of complaints about that, how for the price Apple was going cheap on the camera. I think part of the problem was the paltry storage at the time (4 gb). The decision to use Edge for data instead of 3G was also controversial, especially for a data-driven phone. And there were so many other pain points (lack of copy/paste, limited messaging functions, etc...) that given the high price and single carrier, it's amazing it took off as quickly as it did. IMO, that was one time when Apple rushed something to market half-baked. Sure the original iPhone was revolutionary and somewhat functional, but it wouldn't be until the next year that it became a really great device. And now I can't imagine the world without it.
  14. djeeyore25 macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2014
    New York City
    The first iPhone is a pretty resilient device. Mine still works and holds a good charge.
  15. godrifle macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2003
    Fort Thomas, KY
    RIP Steve Jobs. He was a remarkable pitch man, among his many other talents.
  16. DotCom2 macrumors 601

    Feb 22, 2009
    This "Gadget" truly changed my daily life.
  17. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    iPhone was the reason I craved to and ultimately joined Apple. I remember seeing it for the first time in the hand of a (very rich) Bangladeshi classmate in university. I had to see this mystical device in person, so I took it in my palm and opened the Weather app. It was unreal. That time T-Mobile was the only provider in Germany selling iPhones with exorbitantly expensive 2-year contracts and I knew I couldn't afford one, so I eventually got around buying an iPod touch. Eventually I saved enough to buy my first iPhone and have automatically owned every single version that succeeded it. The software, especially the multitouch interactions and skeuomorphism was so amazing that it urged me to apply at Apple for a job after my Bachelors. Must say I miss Steve dearly. We should have had him around right about now.
  18. jasonefmonk macrumors regular

    May 5, 2011
    Anyone have a mirror for us, the unwanted viewers?
  19. Logic368 macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2011
    ok, who here likes the original interface as opposed to iOS 7+ more?
  20. EdT macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    Where are you from? If you're in the US this was CBS Sunday Morning, and you can go to the Sunday Morning website and you should find it. http://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/

    If you're not in the US, sorry for the stupid copyright and infringement paranoia most corporations seem to have.
  21. DotCom2 macrumors 601

    Feb 22, 2009
    I remember the first day they announced the iPhone and later that day my husband who was just starting to fool around being a Day Trader asked me, "If you could only buy ONE stock, which would it be?" I said, "Apple". He asked why? I said, "I heard on the news today that they are coming out with some gadget called iPhone and it looks pretty cool!" (I was an avid Microsoft fan back then). Later we did buy Apple stock and have done very well with it obviously.
  22. dr34mc4st3r macrumors regular


    Aug 18, 2009
    i remember refusing to give in to the hype, and continued using my windows mobile phone. the turning point came when i could not load a webpage properly while a friend's iPhone 2g loaded it with grace
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    This is actually a testament to how well Apple makes their products. They simply last. Even if the first iPhones are no longer supported through iOS, they still operate and function normally after all these years. That's what I appreciate about Apple, is they put out excellent hardware.
  24. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    I used to rent out my 1st gen iPhone to people so they could take advantage of the AT&T unlimited data loophole. Lol, it was a money making mule that had a backdoor to the $29 unlimited plan AT&T wanted gone.

    Ah the ol'days.
  25. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    I do, I'm not really a fan of the flat and lifeless trend anymore. I think Microsoft started it with Windows Phone and now it's everywhere. I will take glossy, colorful "skeuomorphism" over it any day.

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