10 years ago today, Steve Jobs dazzled the world with the very first iPhone. Despite the fact that the presentation could have gone very wrong, it went off without a hitch. How did the world react to that historic day? Let’s take a look back in time, when tweets looked like old-school Facebook statuses and Apple keynotes went online as Quicktime presentations:
just looked at the Quicktime presentation of the iPhone and is utterly astounded.— Brad Wright (@bradwright) January 9, 2007
Of course, many people were excited for the new device—
there goes my credit card. widescreen ipod, iphone, and "internet communicator"— Josh Bancroft (@jabancroft) January 9, 2007
—even if they knew it meant ending some longterm phone relationships.
Weeping the impending loss of my beautiful Nokia 8800 for the Apple iPhone.— Aaron Khoo (@aklw) January 9, 2007
At CES in Las Vegas. Though main event happened at MacWorld in San Francisco today, and I checked it on my Blackberry ! I want an iPhone now !! 🙂— Limvirak Chea (@LimC) January 9, 2007
heading to cingular to return the blackjack in favor of whatever apple created in their iphone— carlos whitt (@car1os) January 10, 2007
Some folks got a little aggressive:
anyone NOT wanting an iPhone will be bitch slapped into tomorrow— Wilson (@sailor) January 10, 2007
But not everyone was impressed.
Is already slightly annoyed at the word "iPhone" and thinks before seeing one (in 10 monthes or so) he'll definitely hate the thing.— Riccardo Cambiassi (@bru) January 9, 2007
immune 2 apple/sj reality distortion field after years of overexposure @ macworlds+wwdcs, unimpressed by iPhone: no physical qwerty kbd = not interested.— Tantek Çelik (@t) January 9, 2007
Wondering why Twitter is pushing Mac crap so much. Who cares about Steve Jobs or the iPhone?— Kimberly Blessing (@obiwankimberly) January 9, 2007
And lest we forget, the iPhone was initially only available to Cingular users. Remember Cingular? Plenty of folks on other mobile plans were none too pleased.
…what about us tmobile people 🙁 no iphone for us?— iDan (@iDan) January 9, 2007
Backing up my ipod. Lamenting the iPhone's attachment to Cingular.— Ben Timberlake (@btimlake) January 10, 2007
And for some, the price seemed astronomical. These days, the latest iPhone model will run you around $650 out of pocket.
is wondering how many people are going to pay $500 for an Apple iPhone— Growler Guy (@growler_guy) January 10, 2007
(Over six million units were sold by the time Apple discontinued the original model, so the joke’s on us.)
Many believed the phone was simply too big. Imagine if they could know how much bigger the iPhone would become, both figuratively and literally…
thinks the iPhone looks like an iTablet— The Internet’s Christopher Schmitt (@teleject) January 9, 2007
amazed (after watching the Ten) at how *massive* the iphone is. Yeah, thin, but width? height? SMS ability?— George Wright (@georgie) January 9, 2007
For reference, that monstrous original iPhone had a 3.5-inch screen. The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch display, and the iPhone 7 Plus packs in 5.5 inches of screen.
Some Internet soothsayers made prescient predictions, such as:
- Apple putting U2 on every iPhone
Waiting for Bono to call Jobs on the new iPhone— Peter Gornell (@procksi) January 9, 2007
- The iPad and Apple’s IoT-connected devices
Looking forward to the new iTablet, iPhone, iLife, iToilet and iLeopard products from Apple that will be announced today (thanks ThinkSecret!)— Patrick Haney (@notasausage) January 9, 2007
- The Apple Watch
I want an iPhone strapped to the inside of my left arm as a wearable computer— Les Orchard (@lmorchard) January 10, 2007
- The rise of cracked iPhone screens (and the eventual creation of Gorilla glass)
Thinks my problem with the iPhone won't be smudges, but I'll probably scratch the hell out of the surface. Wonder how well a screen shield will work?— markie (@teampoop) January 9, 2007
- The rise of livestreaming and citizen journalism through smartphones
wonders what citizen journalism opportunities the iPhone's built in WiFi and 2MP camera will enable – real time streaming video upload anyone?— Gareth Stack (@garethstack) January 10, 2007
- And then this guy, who didn’t even know how right he was…
needs to get iPhone out of his head… it's a phone. It will only bring higher monthly bills and non-stop interruptions to my life. In a very pretty p…— Jesse Rodgers (@jrodgers) January 10, 2007
Happy 10th anniversary, iPhone. We can’t wait to see what your next model has in store for us.