Today marks the seventh anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone – a presentation that took place as part of the keynote of Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco. Although the device didn’t launch until over six months later, the presentation offered the public the first look at what Steve Jobs introduced as three devices in one: a touchscreen iPod, a phone and an “Internet communicator.” Jobs mentioned the following during his introduction:
Today, we're introducing three revolutionary products. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device. So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone...are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.
Ironically, Apple originally had been interested in developing a tablet first known as the “Safari Pad,” but as noted by a number of sources including Jobs himself, the company shifted gears once it became clear how revolutionary the multi-touch interface developed for the tablet could be for a smartphone. Apple’s tablet wouldn’t surface until the launch of the iPad in 2010, three years after the introduction of the iPhone.
Now, seven years after the famous keynote, the iPhone has seen significant enhancements in practically every area and still remains recognizable as Apple has maintained the overall look of a sleek design with a larger touchscreen and a single round home button on the face of the device.
Those of you interested in watching the original iPhone keynote can do so below: