Apple’s iPhone changed both the face of phones and personal computing

Apple’s iPhone changed both the face of phones and personal computing


Though Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at the MacWorld Expo on January 9, 2007, it would not be until Friday, June 29, 2007, that it officially went on sale. You had one choice in cellular carriers, AT&T, and though it did not support the then-new 3G network or have any apps, it was described as “revolutionary” and “game-changing” by the press.

Editor’s note: David Greelish has studied computer history and collected old computers for over 20 years now. He is a computer historian, writer, podcaster and speaker. He has written extensively about computer history, created and participated in numerous podcasts, plus conducted both audio and written interviews with notable people in the industry, like Ed Roberts, John Sculley and Alan Kay. He was the founder of the original Historical Computer Society, publisher of the fanzine Historically Brewed and is currently the founder of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society. He has published all of his computer history fanzines along with his own story in the book, Classic Computing. Greelish is writing special to AppleInsider.

In fact, the new phone created so much hype and such a buzz, in an almost religious fervor, some even dubbed it the “Jesus phone.” It would be just a little over a year later that the iPhone App Store opened on July 10, 2008, and then the iPhone 3G shipped the next day, securing the iPhone’s design and technology dominance for years to come.

The first Google Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was released later in September 2008, but received mixed reviews. Both its hardware and operating system had been heavily influenced by the announcement of…



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