Apple iPhone turns eight

Its been 8 years ago, today (January 9, 2007), Apple's then CES Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone, at the Macworld Conference & Expo in Moscone West in San Francisco, California.

After quickly walking through Apple's position on the market and updating the attendees about everything Cupertino-related, Jobs' signature "one more thing" mantra teased not one, but three new devices - a "widescreen iPod with touch controls", a "revolutionary mobile phone", and a "breakthrough Internet communicator".

Well it turned out that it wasn't three devices after all, but the one and only Apple iPhone.

Back in the day, the iPhone was unique. Smartphones of that era were clunky devices, with tiny screens sharing space with large keyboards. Obviously the iPhone itself has evolved over the year's learning as much as it taught over the years.

Whether we love it, hate it, or love to hate it, the iPhone ushered in a new era of smartphones and a new way for people to interact with their mobile devices.

Sure it has its flaws, but the iPhone set the wheels of the smartphone industry in motion and led to putting the power of a computer into the palm of our hands..

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