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On the eve of iPhone 6s, we're updating and expanding our history of iPhone series—starting with the one that started it all!
On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs put sneaker to stage to give one of the most incredible keynote presentations of his life—a life filled with incredible keynote presentations—and in the history of consumer electronics. He said he would be introducing a wide-screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet device. But it wasn't three products. It was one product. We got it, Steve. It was the iPhone.
It was rare enough for a company to revolutionize even one product category. Apple had already revolutionized two: Computers with the Mac and personal music players with the iPod. With the iPhone they'd be going for three.
First, he set up and knocked down the physical keyboard and the stylus, features that dominated the BlackBerry, Motorola, and Palm smartphones of the day. Then Jobs introduced the multitouch interface that let the iPhone smoothly pinch-to-zoom, the physics-based interactivity that included inertial scrolling and rubber banding, and the multitasking that let him move seamlessly from music to call to web to email and back.
They were technologies that would one day become commonplace across the industry but back then looked like science-fiction. From Apple:
Technology alone wasn't enough
iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone. We are all born with the ultimate pointing device—our fingers—and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.
The original iPhone, based on the P2 device of the Project Experience Purple (PEP) team, code named M68 and device number iPhone1,1, had a 3.5-inch LCD screen at 320x480 and 163ppi, a quad-band 2G EDGE data radio, 802.11b.g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, and a 2 megapixel camera.
It was powered by an ARM-based 1176JZ(F)-S processor and PowerVR MBX Lite 3D graphics chip, manufactured by Samsung, with an 1400 mAh battery, and had 128MB of on-board RAM. Two NAND Flash-based storage tiers were available at launch: 4GB or 8GB.
The iPhone also included several sensors to enhance the experience, like an accelerometer that could automatically rotate the screen to match device orientation, a proximity sensor that could automatically turn off the screen when close to the face, and an ambient light sensor that could automatically adjust brightness.
And it could also be charged—and importantly, synced to iTunes—by the same 30-pin Dock connector as Apple's already exceedingly popular iPod.
What the original iPhone didn't have was CDMA and EVDO rev A network compatibly. That meant it couldn't work on two of the U.S.' big four carriers, Verizon and Sprint. Not that it mattered; the original iPhone was exclusive to AT&T.
It also lacked GPS, or support for faster 3G UTMS/HSPA data speeds. In addition to no hardware keyboard or stylus, the iPhone also didn't have a removable, user-replaceable battery or SD card support. None of that pleased existing power users of the time. Nor did the absence of an exposed file system, copy and paste or any form of advanced text editing, and, critically to many, support for third party apps. Likewise, since the iPhone had a real web browser instead of a WAP browser, which was required to display carrier-based multimedia messages, the original iPhone didn't support MMS either.
All of this was wrapped in bead-blasted aluminum with a black plastic band around the back to allow for RF transparency.
Then there was the price. The iPhone debuted at $499 for the 4GB and $599 for the 8GB model on-contract. Those prices weren't unheard of at the time—early Motorola RAZR flip phones were incredibly expensive as well—but it meant Apple couldn't penetrate the mainstream market.Race to launch
Macworld wasn't a finish line, it was a shot from the starting pistol. Jony Ive, Richard Howarth, and the industrial design teams' work had largely been completed already but hardware engineering still faced challenges. Steve Jobs scratched the pre-release iPhone screen with the keys in his pocket, he asked the team to come up with a better solution. They turned to Corning, which had invented a new, chemically hardened material, but had yet to find a commercial application for it. The team spun on a dime and got Gorilla Glass onto the iPhone.
The software team, under the auspices of Scott Forstall, was still racing as well. Greg Christie, Bas Ording, Mike Matas and others had been working on the human interface and interactivity for a long time already, but things were still being tweaked. Split screen for email, for example, got pulled after Jobs felt it was too crowded on the small screen.
Likewise Henri Lamiraux's software engineering and frameworks team, including Nitin Ganatra's native apps team, and Richard' Williamson's mobile web team. They had to make sure all the apps and all the features performed not only reliably but delightfully.
They'd already gotten a relatively full version of Safari, based on the same WebKit rendering engine developed by Don Melton and team for the Mac, up and running and taken Google's location data and created the best mobile Maps implementation ever seen on mobile, but they ended adding a YouTube app as well.
On June 6, 2007 Steve Jobs again took to the stage at Moscone West, this time for Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference. He announced web 2.0 apps as the development platform but also announced something more: the launch date.June 29, 2007
Lineups formed at Apple Stores, especially flagship stores like the glass cube in New York City. It was an event. The novelty and experience were so good, many people simply didn't care about missing features or high price tags. Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret, writing for The Wall Street Journal:
Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.
Ryan Block, writing for Engadget:
It's easy to see the device is extraordinarily simple to use for such a full-featured phone and media player. Apple makes creating the spartan, simplified UI look oh so easy -- but we know it's not, and the devil's always in the details when it comes to portables. To date no one's made a phone that does so much with so little, and despite the numerous foibles of the iPhone's gesture-based touchscreen interface, the learning curve is surprisingly low. It's totally clear that with the iPhone, Apple raised the bar not only for the cellphone, but for portable media players and multifunction convergence devices in general.
The price, however, kept it from getting into as many hands and lives as Apple wanted. So, at the September 5, 2007 "The Beat Goes On" music event, Steve Jobs not only introduced the first iPod touch, he announced they were dropping the 4GB iPhone entirely, and dropping the price of the 8GB iPhone to $399. From Apple:
The surveys are in and iPhone customer satisfaction scores are higher than we've ever seen for any Apple product. We've clearly got a breakthrough product and we want to make it affordable for even more customers as we enter this holiday season.
On February 5, 2008, Greg Joswiack, vice president of Worldwide iPod and iPhone Product Marketing, announced a 16GB model. From Apple:
For some users, there's never enough memory. Now people can enjoy even more of their music, photos and videos on the most revolutionary mobile phone and best Wi-Fi mobile device in the world.
There was still no subsidized price, even on contract, but there was movement.Competitive contempt
The vast majority of smartphones back in 2007 had hardware keyboards and, if they touch screens at all, those screens were almost all resistive and came with a stylus pen to aid in usability. Mobile apps were inconsistent and the mobile web was pretty much limited to WAP browsers.
While the iPhone certainly wasn't universally adored, the entrenched incumbents in the smartphone space were some of its harshest critics. That was, after all, their jobs.
Ed Coligan, former CEO of Palm:
We've learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in.
Mike Lazaridis, former CEO of RIM (now BlackBerry):
Talk -- all I'm [hearing] is talk about [the iPhone's chances in Enterprise]. I think it's important that we put this thing in perspective. [...] Apple's design-centric approach [will] ultimately limit its appeal by sacrificing needed enterprise functionality. I think over-focus on one blinds you to the value of the other. [...] Apple's approach produced devices that inevitably sacrificed advanced features for aesthetics.
Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft:
You can get a Motorola Q for $99. [...] [Apple] will have the most expensive phone, by far, in the marketplace. There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.
It was a very different world in 2007. Phone were just beginning to hit usable data speeds but bandwidth was still limited and expensive. The appeal of smartphones was also limited primarily to early adopters and enterprise, and hadn't yet approached mainstream adoption.
Palm and BlackBerry were both wrong. Smartphones would give way to pocket computers and "PC guys"—if they worked for Apple—were absolutely the ones to figure it out. And for consumers, the interface is the feature, so by tackling interface Apple was beginning to make those pocket computers accessible to everyone.
Microsoft, however, was at least half right. The iPhone was too expensive. That was, however, something Apple could and would change.
Google, an original iPhone launch partner, was both more perceptive, and more agile. They'd already bought Danger, the next generation phone platform created by Sidekick mastermind — and former Apple employee — Andy Rubin. They'd originally focused on making a Windows Mobile/BlackBerry-style competitor, determined to make sure Microsoft could never dominate the market and cut them out of the mobile future they so clearly recognized would be the next big thing.
Google's then-CEO, Eric Schmidt was on Apple's Board of Director's—and on stage for the iPhone event. He hadn't told Rubin what Apple was doing, however, or that Google would be giving the iPhone Maps and YouTube. Rubin was shocked. Collectively they realized Microsoft might not dominate mobile at all. Apple might. So, much to their credit, they spun around and refocused Android at the iPhone.One year later
Apple discontinued the original iPhone in June of 2008. By then total sales had reached over 6 million units. And that was on four carriers in four countries. The impact of the iPhone, however, was felt far beyond those numbers or borders. And it was just beginning...
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Apple's not getting out of the phone business any time soon and that means, barring alien invasion or machine uprising, there'll be new iPhones as early as next month. It also means, if you don't currently own one, there's never been a better time to #SwitchToiPhone. And to help make it even easier for you, we decided to run another contest to give one away!
We asked you to send a tweet with the hashtag #SwitchToiPhone, letting us know why you wanted to be chosen as the winner of a $500 U.S. Apple Store gift certificate. There were a ton of responses! It's time now to see who the lucky winner is!
Congratulations @Leolyon99! Your tweet was chosen as the winning entry.
We'll be in touch soon to get that squared away for you. Thanks for entering everyone!
And if you didn't win, don't be down! We'll be doing an even bigger #SwitchToiPhone give away really, really soon!
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The rumors about Apple's next hardware version of its Apple TV set-top box continue to hit the Internet. The latest report claims that Apple will price the fourth-generation version of Apple TV at between $149 and $199, which is well above the current version's price of $69. The report adds that the new version will go on sale in October.
According to 9to5Mac:
As the new box will be considerably more expensive than popular alternatives from Roku, Google and Amazon, Apple plans to keep the $69 third-generation device for sale as an entry level model within the Apple TV product line. The new Apple TV 4 will be very similar to the current model in appearance, but it will be thicker and slightly wider, sources say.
Previous rumors claim that the new Apple TV will have an A8 system-on-a-chip inside, along with a new remote control with a built-in touchpad and motion control, and the box may also get a revamped user interface. The new Apple TV is rumored to be revealed at Apple's press event on September 9. along with the company's new iPhone models.
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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode — iPhone event invites are out and Siri's teasing September 9. Tim Cook emails Jim Cramer and Ian Rogers leaves Apple Music. Ad blockers redux redux, iPhone 6s rumors, Apple TV rumors, and your questions answered! With Serenity Caldwell, Georgia Dow, Rene Ritchie, and special guest Jason Snell.
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- Apple Music book now for sale!
- Apple event set for September 9
- Fun with Siri hints
- Tim Cook emails Jim Cramer
- Ian Rogers leaving Apple Music
- Apple ending One to One
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The popular music artist Drake, who signed an exclusive deal with Apple Music earlier this year, had his streaming performance for a charity concert blocked by the Tidal service on Friday night. Tidal claims Apple forced them to block Drake's set, but his manager says he made the decision.
Drake sang a couple of songs at Lil Wayne's Lil WeezyAna Fest in New Orleans Friday night, which supports Tha Carter Fund, an organization that helps kids that were affected by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. According to Page Six:
Lawyers were called in because the event was being streamed live via Tidal — and Drake has an exclusive deal with Apple Music said to be worth up to $19 million. Sources say the tech giant threatened to sue for $20 million if Drake appeared, or if his music was streamed live, on Tidal.
In the end, Drake's performance at the concert was indeed blocked by Tidal's service. Instead, the livestream posted the following message: "Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother's inconvenience."
However, BuzzFeed got a hold of Drake's manager, who flat out denied any involvement by Apple in the incident:
""The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake's deal," Drake's manager Future the Prince told BuzzFeed News. "Point blank, 100%. I made a business decision. Apple doesn't have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream. The only people that have the power to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and they're our partners."
Future added that he felt Tidal tried to use their decision and "spin it in their favor as a publicity stunt". It would seem that these two rival streaming music services are definitely at odds with each other at this point
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Sure, next week is IFA 2015, but that doesn't mean we can't have news now!
We're still putting the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 through its paces, but we got one surprise this week: if you put the stylus in backwards, it sticks and will probably break your phone when you try to pull it out (if you can). So don't do that. Apple also announced the date for the anticipated iPhone 6s launch event, more photos of the BlackBerry Venice Android slider leaked out, as did the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL and their Continuum dock.
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Invitations have gone out for Apple's annual iPhone event, and that means come September 9, 2015, we should be getting our first looks at the next-generation iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and Apple TV. Oh, and iOS 9 and watchOS 2 as well. It's going to be a big show this year. How big? Just ask Siri for a hint.
Things got a little exciting last week as we all discovered that the combination of the Galaxy Note 5's design and a little user error could well end with the S Pen being stuck inside the phone, or broken, or both. So please, folks. Don't put your S Pen back in the phone backward. That crisis died out pretty quickly, though, so we have a feeling folks got the message loud and clear.
This week, we saw BlackBerry CEO John Chen take the stage at the Churchill Club for a candid discussion on how things are going at BlackBerry plus, the BlackBerry Venice slider appeared in some fresh images which show off the device from nearly all angles. In other news, BlackBerry announced a new WatchDox app for BlackBerry 10 Enterprise customers, closing off the question of how they would integrate the service into BlackBerry 10 devices.
- Watch the replay of John Chen's interview with the Churchill Club
- BlackBerry 'Venice' slider spotted once again in new images
- BlackBerry launches new WatchDox app, expands on additional platform integration
Those yearning for new flagship Windows Phones received some nice surprises this week with new renders and another alleged photo. The Lumia phones – codenamed Cityman and Talkman – are expected to be announced in October and so far, audience reaction to the designs is mixed at best. Indeed, in our currently ongoing poll 1/3 flat out think the new Lumias don't look so hot. Will people change when the phones hit shelves in November? Time will tell.
Windows Insiders received a new build of the Windows 10 desktop OS. Build 10532 hit computers this week bringing along with it some menu UI and Microsoft Edge improvements. Speaking of Windows 10, the OS is now installed on more than 75 million computers and should surpass the OS X install base sometime in September.
- Hands-on with Microsoft Snip Beta
- Alleged Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, Continuum dock smile for the camera
- Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile update unlikely to come to 4GB phones
- Here's what's new and what's broken in Windows 10 preview build 10532
- Windows 10 installed on over 75 million devices, covering over 90,000 unique PC and tablet models
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