Ready to feel old? The first iPhone launched exactly nine years ago today on June 29, 2007. Apple’s original smartphone doesn’t look like much compared to the latest and greatest devices, but at the time it was an incredibly impressive product. So, join us for a stroll down memory lane as we revisit what the original iPhone had to offer and what was yet to come.
The first iPhone packed a puny 3.5-inch display with a 480 x 320-pixel resolution. That was actually pretty large compared to the competition, and it was years before Apple was willing to offer an even larger screen. The device also featured a paltry 128MB of RAM and came with just 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of storage.
The original iPhone only had a 2MP camera and there wasn’t even a front-facing camera on the device. That came years later with the iPhone 4, ushering in the age of selfies and FaceTime video calls.
The first iPhone was also pretty limited in what it could do. There was no App Store (that launched a year later) so you were limited to the pre-loaded software. Apple boasted that the device could load full web pages using EDGE networks, but that process was painfully slow by today’s standards, often taking more than a minute to load a full HTML page.
Nine years later, the iPhone is an entirely different beast, offering everything from 4G LTE service and optical image stabilization to biometric security and mobile payments. We’re excited to see what comes next from Apple later this year, though the company is reportedly saving its next big redesign for 2017 when the iPhone celebrates its 10th birthday.