Monday, January 09, 2017

10 Years Ago: iPhone Intro

Ten years ago Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world and changed what the term “smart phone” meant. It was probably his greatest demo. If you have a an hour and a half watch it here. Warning, once I started I couldn’t stop.

I had forgotten some of the innovations:

  • Visual Voicemail
  • Separate ongoing sms conversations
  • a widescreen touch based iPod with coverflow
  • the accelerometer that could switch between portrait and landscape
  • multitouch - listen to the cheers at scrolling and pinch-to-zoom
  • I forgot about WAP, good riddance
  • I have no memory of Apple making an old-style one ear bluetooth headset
  • It was at this event that they changed their name from Apple Computer to Apple

Some things are now quaint:

  • The “giant” 3.5" 160ppi screen
  • Sync’ing everything with iTunes was a feature
  • How slowly web pages loaded, but how fast it seemed
  • Yahoo Mail was the biggest mail provider and it was a big deal that push iMAP was free
  • 4GB and 8GB models

Here’s my post about the keynote and shortly thereafter on some notable limitations.

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