In a little under a week, it will have been 15 years since Steve Jobs took the stage to introduce the original iPhone. The device that changed the course of history, kickstarting the smartphone revolution and forever altering how we interact with technology. It’s hard to believe that such a transformative piece of hardware was only released a decade and a half ago – in an age where many people can’t imagine life without their iPhone, it’s hard to remember what phones were like before Apple stepped on the scene. But as we look back at all that the iPhone has done for us, it’s important to also consider its future. What new innovations might be in store for us when Apple unveils its newest models later this year? We can only wait and see.
1. iPhone First unveiled
On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs took to the stage at Macworld in San Francisco to unveil the future of the company’s mobile computing efforts. Of course, this was long before Apple had ever released a smartphone – but Jobs’ keynote speech would go down as one of history’s most iconic product reveals because he wasn’t talking about any old smartphone. What followed was 90 minutes of wowing statistics and mesmerizing demonstrations, showing off how quickly smartphones were evolving – while also revealing that Apple was next up to bat an impressive device capable of running third-party apps.
2. How iPhone has completely changed the way we use Technology
Just like its biggest rival, Apple’s smartphone has become an everyday part of our lives – and not just because it lets us talk to friends and family, send messages, take photos, watch videos (and now even stream TV shows), play games or read books. Smartphones have profoundly impacted how the world goes about its daily business; making payments secure; revolutionizing how we look at maps; letting you book flights and taxis; helping restaurants know when they should open up tables for customers; warning drivers before accidents happen (or getting them out of trouble after); let businesses stay in touch with their staff on the move, or even get the latest updates on the weather.
3. iPhone Paved the way for other Smartphones and Apps
iPhone wasn’t the first smartphone, but it did help pioneer an entirely new industry – one that is now home to thousands of mobile apps, software products and hardware solutions. There were many trailblazers before Apple’s device arrived in 2007, including Palm OS-powered handsets like PalmOne Treo 650 or Sony Ericsson’s P800/P900 series, which ran Symbian OS. Then there were BlackBerry OS-powered devices like RIM Blackberry 8700g, Motorola Q9h or Nokia E62. But none captured people’s imaginations quite like iPhone did when Jobs unveiled it at Macworld in 2007.
4. Future of the iPhone
Despite being replaced by faster, slimmer, brighter devices in successive smartphone generations – including iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 – most people still have only ever used iPhones. This is because Apple’s smartphones are so ubiquitous that it’s no longer possible to go anywhere without seeing at least one person using an iPhone every few minutes. They also remain popular with businesses big and small who continue to invest in iOS-powered hardware, apps and services ahead of rivals – something which is unlikely to change anytime soon.
We’re not sure what Apple has planned for the future, but we can make some guesses based on past releases and industry trends. One possibility is that the iPhone will become more modular, with different parts that can be replaced or upgraded as needed. This would allow users to upgrade specific features without buying a whole new phone. Another possibility is that wireless charging will become standard, so you could simply place your iPhone on a charging pad to power
We are living in a world that can be seen and touched with just one device. Fifteen years ago, our most basic form of communication was by text message or emailing someone from home on the computer; now all this is done through an iPhone which we carry around in our pocket like gold! And there’s no limit to how much information you’ll have at your fingertips: music playing out loud so everyone nearby knows what song it comes from (even if they don’t care about hearing), books ready for when boredom strikes during those long train rides home…the list goes on forever. Until fifteen-twenty something years ago people had never even dreamed such technology would exist – let alone expect their lives would change because of its existence.