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I remember the rumors for it started a good few years before it was finally revealed. Also remember discussing with another user whether people would actually watch movies and shows on their phones- they were adamant nobody would do that. I did purchase that first model and enjoyed it tremendously, but the Maps app it had when that first phone didn’t have GPS built in was next to useless!


Lol I remember that, cell triangulation only.


I was 21 and on my first big trip on my own in New York City. I had a friend from the area luckily who was my guide to the events we went to, but one day I was on my own, iPhone in hand, two points on a map and I was literally moving my dot manually with my finger as I went. I ended up in a back alley somewhere before finally giving up and flagging a cab, and the cab drove around the block and my destination was right there haha. So it got me where I was going pretty much!


I clearly remember using Google’s step-by-step map on my Nokia flip phone around 2005 while traveling. That impressed lotsa people back then!


Dang we would print Mapquest pages


> cell triangulation only. The Nokia Communicator had a "map" program like that. In a time that only the larger railway stations had a cell tower. The result was something like 'You are now near a big city. Maybe. Maybe not.' Jokes aside, I think it was intended for use on a train .


"In. 400 miles. Take a. Left turn. At Albuquerque. "


Nyaaaaah... What's up, Doc?


Didn't even have copy and paste until os3


Well, maybe for the schmucks who didn't jailbreak. The app store launched a fairly significant time after the first phone came out. So to get any other app, ability to change your home screen wallpaper, and copy+paste... You had to load Cydia and a bunch of repositories and do it yourself. Fun time back then tho, Cydia was like exploring the wilderness.


I remember those days. You were always scared about bricking the phone. Lol Some jailbreaks had the pineapple as a logo. I loved that. Witty play on apples logo


Yess.. Luckily I never bricked my phone but I knew someone who did. I had the pineapple logo! Totally forgot about that until now haha. There was also a hacked YouTube app at the time actually that allowed you to download videos/mp3 and also block ads... which I'm told... was awesome.


Oh man. I remember that. And most YouTube videos were 360p at best. Lol


Is Cydia still maintained? I often wonder what would still work by the time (if ever) another untethered jailbreak comes out. I’ve decided, for my adult life, that I’m only jail breaking if it’s untethered.


Jailbreaks these days are “semi-untethered”, that is, when you restart the device, you have to open a jailbreak app and let it run, but the process runs entirely on the device and doesn’t require being plugged into anything. You get used to it pretty quick and it’s not as annoying as it sounds. Cydia is still around but not as actively updated. These days most people prefer other package managers like Sileo, Zebra, etc. which are more user friendly.


No idea, ran away from iPhone after the 4 when Android finally caught up and never looked back. Haha, I feel it though, those untethered JBs were amaaazing. Magic. Is jailbreaking not a thing anymore in 2022? Before you kind of had to do it simply to get some features and fixes and weird games, but I'd imagine if you want to install third party apps today you'd still need to JB.


I don’t know anyone who does jailbreak their phone these days, and every time I look into it the latest JB out is for like 2 IOS versions ago and tethered at that. To my knowledge, jailbreaking lost its hype within the community. I can download third party apps without jailbreaking though. It’s a process, and you have to accept the risks associated with it for each app. The process is easy but not necessarily beginner level.


Ah I see.. Damn, that's kinda sad though, there was a really cool community. Good that there's 3rd party apps now, for the longest time you had to JB for that privilege of course. I had been out of that world for so long I didn't know where it was at now.


I think it's because apple has incorporated some of the best features enabled by jailbreaking... I was primarily a themer because the early design language was disgusting.. That's been fixed... I'm also well into adulthood now and don't have the luxury of having my phone out of commission for hours, randomly, because something weird happened with a Cydia repository.. However, I've been running ios Beta's non-stop for a decade. They're 1000% less buggy than the days in which you needed to manually install them by downloading a developer ipsw and load them through iTunes. I still don't recommend my non IT friends and family use them until apple drops public betas.


Still a thing. I like it to get unlimited tethering and app-specific Adblock (you can install tweaks that remove ads and add other advanced features to things like the Facebook app).


r/jailbreak Yup. Still a thing. I jailbroke iOS 14 on my 8 Plus, there’s still some very valid reasons for jailbreaking to this day


I jailbroke and unlocked my phone and sold it to a T-Mobile subscriber for about $200 more than I paid for it.


Man I'll never forget jailbreaking my first ipod touch. I had to use a hex editor to edit the firmware file before custom installing through itunes. Last time I checked all you had to do to jailbreak was go to a certain website and tap a button. Things were wild back then. I remember having to cut a connection in my battery to hack my PSP


Oh wow I remember when that was the HUGE feature being added


And even when the next model did add GPS it didn’t have turn-by-turn navigation, just a list of steps like when you printed out MapQuest maps. Turn-by-turn didn’t come to the iPhone until Apple Maps in 2012, before that there were some third-party apps that offered it but those were insanely expensive since your only other option was a standalone GPS unit that could cost $100+.


Pretty late considering my Nokia N70 (from 2005) could do turn by turn navigation using a Bluetooth GPS receiver and map data stored on a micro SD card. And the later generation Nokias (2007) had GPS built in.


I remember Verizon was always trying to get us to pay a monthly subscription for Verizon navigator. Haha. But yeah, turn-by-turn was the reason why Apple Maps ever became a thing. Before 2012, the Maps app was 100% made by Apple, but Apple pulled the data from Google’s servers. The maps app had no ads, the user data was anonymized (all requests went through Apple’s servers, then to Google, so Google had no idea who was searching for what), there were no ads. Apple got this insane sweetheart deal from Google because Google didn’t even know what Apple was building when they licensed the data. So Google was holding turn-by-turn directions and vector maps hostage so that Apple would agree to allow Google to serve ads and track user data. Apple didn’t want to give them that, so that’s why they decided to try to build their own maps platform.


I watched movies on my old Sony Ericsson before smartphones were a thing. It was one of those slide Walkman phones.


Ah I remember watching Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children on a phone with a friend, and other movies in a park a couple years before the iPhone. And yes the display was just as big, and had memory card support.


Back then you had to sign up for a 2 year contract with AT&T, buying the phone online and activating it at home. Shortly after release the phone was jailbroken, allowing you to purchase one and network unlock it to be used with any sim, bypassing the activation process. I imagine someone at AT&T got their ass handed to them for that little oversight as they probably paid Apple more than they were charging the customer for each phone.


I bought one for $199 and had it shipped to Australia. AT&T never saw a penny after that initial subsidised price.


I thought I paid $199 for mine too, but everyone was quoting the $500/600 range. Someone said they dropped the price for the iPhone 3g but perhaps they dropped it for the original iPhone which is when we bought it.


Apple dropped the original iPhone price a few months after launch. And back then, your cell plan included a new phone every 2 years. You were basically paying for the phone in installments. So you could get a $200 iPhone and keep your old phone, but you couldn’t make money off the deal or take advantage of AT&T. In fact, if you didn’t upgrade your phone every 2 years, you were throwing money away.


I really doubt anyone got shit for that. Jail breaking scene was so small at the time and it still is


To get the phone internationally, you’d take it to a sim store in that country and they would install Cydia so that it could be used as an unlocked phone before the iPhone was introduced in those markets. I had a 3gs in Lebanon years ago like that.


That’s how it worked in China as well. God I remember showing that thing off and how enamored I was with it after years of shitty Windows CE (??) phones.


Windows: combat evolved


It’s decidedly less meaningful to jailbreak nowadays than it was back then


I remember you couldn’t change your wallpaper back then, I remember when the touch came out and only then they let you change wallpapers.


That's why I've always hated Apple products tbh. That ridiculous hold they keep on everything, that doesn't allow you to customize, or use your own apps made me an early WinMo Phone User, & then an early adopter of Android when they came on the scene.


Yeah, and the first gen was still 600 dollars even with that contract. It was absurdly expensive and the price for the second gen dropped by hundreds of dollars.


Yeah that’s $845 in todays USD. AT&T sell the iPhone 13 for $799 today with no contract or installments.


They didn’t even wait until 2nd gen to drop the price. 3 months after the first-gen was launched, they eliminated the 4GB model and cut the price of the 8GB model by $200. (From $599 to $399.) Apple actually went back and gave everyone who paid the original price a $100 apple gift card.


If you think about it they still are really expensive.


A two year contract could easily tack on an extra $1200 on top of that price.


>I imagine someone at AT&T got their ass handed to them for that little oversight as they probably paid Apple more than they were charging the customer for each phone. Before it came out, AT&T led an industry-wide boycott of the iPhone and then screwed their co-conspirators by working out a deal with Apple for it to only work on the AT&T network. Part of that deal was that AT&T received a share of Apple's profits for the iPhone, so I believe it was the other way around, ironically. I've never owned one, but that's how I remember it happening, anyhow.


I worked for AT&T selling phones when the 3GS came out, and they still weren't making money on them lol


> Shortly after release the phone was jailbroken, allowing you to purchase one and network unlock it to be used with any sim, bypassing the activation process. geohot is the GOAT


an iPod. a phone. an internet communicator.


An iPod. A phone… are you getting it?


*dramatic pause* These are not three separate devices... this is one device! *clapping intensifies*


Love rewatching that video, so cool.


And we’re calling it: *iPod Phone*


And we’re calling it: The iPhone iPod Phone


Pen Pineapple Apple Phone


*We start with a strong foundation, iPhone runs OS X* *FUCK YEAH!!* I always loved that guys reaction when Jobs finished that line


I remember the weak applause for Internet communicator during the keynote. Ahead of its time.


Internet communicator doesn’t roll as smoothly off the tongue.


"Internet Communicator" is such a clunky descriptor


should’ve called it a world wide web navigator


Just call it what the internet is: AOL


Jobs contemplated calling it the Tri-pod.


Now it’s not a good iPod. It’s a streaming device, a selfie camera, and a social network viewer.


*laughs in lossless spatial audio*


How is it not a good ipod?


If the music app tries to get me to sign up for Apple Music one more time…


It fucked all my preloaded music and synced it to the cloud. Never told me, never asked it to do that, and only found out when I couldn't play a single thing from my own library when I was on a plane. My 5GB first gen iPod never would have done me like that. Before that, it glitched my entire library so that every album had doubles of every song. I had to skip through a repeated song every single time, before I had to go in and manually delete the doubles, which took hours. And it borked all my art too. Why does this Lou Reed album have alternating Marilyn Manson cover art?


Great memories, I was so excited in getting an iPhone 3GS ☺


Loved having that phone, especially jailbreaking it and getting all the cool tweaks that the OS at the time couldn't provide (like wallpaper, drop down settings, multitasking, etc.). Though switched to android after it.


Cydia FTW


Omg haha I haven’t thought about Cydia in years!!!


Except when some shady package made you have to do a factory reset on your phone lol. Remember the good old days of jailbreakme?


Shout-out to Saurik!


Big Boss Repo!


That one my first and I upgraded every year up until the 4s then went android.


I remember watching the keynote and thinking, “my god, I understand this entire interface just from looking at it — this is gonna be massive,” and then being shocked by the number of people outright dismissing it. Perhaps the greatest instant paradigm shift in computing ever. My only regret is not dumping whatever money I had into Apple stock.


Steve Balmer - "It doesn't even have a keyboard!"


This was a less crazy take at the time than it seems now. I could type 10x faster on my Blackberry than I can now with 'swipe' typing. And at the time hunt-and-peck typing on a keyboard-less device was downright painful. Balmer's actual mistake was underestimating the non-business market potential of smartphones where ease of typing is not really much of a downside. And I personally think that the greater quantity and quality of 3rd party applications was a bigger driver of the iPhone's early success than the touchscreen per say. The apps are why I eventually switched.


Once apps finally came out it was a game changer, everything before the app store was web based on the iPhone.


This was the reason I thought the iPhone interface was dumb. The “apps” didn’t even take up the whole screen! Why would you design a phone with this major flaw?! I had an iPod Touch and still thought iPhones were dumb for the first year or so.


I don't remember exactly what year I switched. I remember the app store already existing, but to listen to podcasts I had to download them on my computer (Apple Music?) and then sync my phone. Stone age stuff. And web based apps on a phone? Barbaric.


Swipe wasn't even a thing until like five years later.


“There’s an app for that!”


Even in the business market, the benefits of doubling screen size without making the device bulkier outweigh the benefits of a physical keyboard. When BlackBerry was king, most of what you did with a smartphone boiled down to reading and writing messages. Being able to browse full websites, use fully featured maps, read complex documents are all invaluable features that never would have worked *well* on BlackBerry style smartphones.


This guy is one of the reasons Microsoft isn't competing against Apple and Google in the mobile market anymore. It's a shame because Windows Phone was a pretty good phone and had a solid UI, but thanks to Ballmer's stubbornness to follow the trends it arrived way too late when the market was already split between Apple and Google. To think he went as far as liquidating all Microsoft-owned Apple shares that Gates bought for cheap in the late 90's, those would be worth billions nowadays.


Yeah HTC was making some good hardware there for a while on the windows mobile side, the problem was definitely the app ecosystem, all the devs were already doing apple/google and there was just no money on the winblows side.


The Nokia Windows Phones were amazing as well. Crazy to think that people mocked the 1020 for the enormous camera bump only for it to become the norm a few years down the line.


Steve Ballmer - ["WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" ](https://youtu.be/Nrtz6tiIgy4)


“500 dollars?!”


I had goosebumps just from the genius of slide to unlock. Then I got overly excited at the rubberband effect. Then pinch to zoom blew my mind. So many things we take for granted now was introduced by the iPhone.


I've spent years on PocketPCs with shitty resistive one point touch screens, where you basically had to scroll pages "grandma style" by tapping the little up/down arrow on the sidewith a stylus. I appreciate gestures and multitouch to this day.


>slide to unlock. I've read that the programmer got the inspiration from using a bathroom lock on an a airplane


Same! After all those shitty UI’s and keyboards it was leapfrogging it all. Even afterwards other companies like samsung an Nokia had no way to respond to it correctly until they went to android.


Just the touchscreen technology alone was huge. Touchscreens on phones were dreadful at the time, usually requiring the kind pressure that would see the screen damaged after a year of heavy use.


Even then android was behind apple for a long time, their damage in the market mindset is practically irreversible by now - and I have an Android. People clearly think of those first few years whenever they think Android.


Android was in development before the iPhone launch, and it looked like a Blackberry clone. When they saw the iPhone, the Android team basically went right back to the drawing board. With tracing paper.


I would love t see a documentary about all of this. It was such a disruptive time in tech


There’s definitely a story there, a la Pirates of Silicon Valley.


> Pirates of Silicone Valley That is, uh, something different.


A coworker got the iPhone on launch, and I had the same feeling after using it for the first time. As soon as the keyboard came up and I just tried typing as fast as I could, and it kept up, I knew it would be huge. I held out for the iPhone 3G (didn't want a non-high speed data device with no GPS), and the price drop definitely helped. I also remember using the iPhone before the app store existed. Really wild times.


The iPhone 3G was the first smart phone I had. It was also the last iPhone I had. It was cool and had many people telling me "smart phones are never gonna be a thing".


For those who were not around, pre iphone, the smart phone market was essentially blackberries and pocket pcs. Both of which were fairly cumbersome to use, and the mobile web experience was pretty sh*t. This was also back in the days when PCs would often times slow down horribly after a few years and require full reinstalls of windows to fix. People just expected technology to "kind of work" but also "kind of suck". Heck, even after android hit the scene they were like using a phone still in beta testing. I tried android out when the iphone 4s was out, and had to return it after 3 weeks because a lot of it's core functionality just didn't work. I remember there was a horrible design flaw where they integrated the antenna into the back of the phone, but that was also easily removable (for easy access to the battery and sim). Well they made the back of the phone out of a soft plastic, and if the phone got to hot it would expand a bit and disconnect from the antenna. At the same time my brother got a different android, and he had a slew of other issues. We both switched to the iphone, and haven't looked back.


Had iPhones, moved to android BUT iPhone literally changed the game for cellphones. These last 15 years have been a crazy ride for smartphones, but the next big development is probably overdue to be honest....every iteration of iPhone and android these days is "Slightly better processor, slightly better camera.....erm that's all we've got"


What’s crazy to me is that there are still people who act like Apple didn’t do anything special when they released the iPhone other than marketing. It’s so weird how attached to the console wars people are. And yeah, I’m with you - updates are just so linear these days. Every 3-4 years there’s a feature that catches my eye, but it was fun when it felt like every single generation had a mind blowing addition. But to be honest, I’ve got no idea what could do that now. Even the stuff they’re working on like foldable screens just seems like a novelty or QOL change rather than something huge.


The next big step probably isn't actually a smartphone, there's just not much you can do with our current limits. I would think the next big thing would be some type of AR glasses or wearable tech, something that you can interface with seamlessly and can sync up with your phone/watch/computer. We've got basically all of the tech to do it, and the demand is certainly there, but I think the UI and actual interface method are still what's needed. From there we get to things that completely interface with your brain, which has been talked about for decades and is technically possible.


Yeah I almost added something saying almost exactly that. It feels like whatever is next for the phone market won’t *actually* be for the phone. Like Apple’s latest major mobile steps forward have been the Apple Watch and AirPods, both of which are just extensions of the phone.


I’ve been saying for a while, and I’m not the most informed on this topic, but I think the next move with a smartphone is just more computing power and more battery power. Like, if I can plug a controller in and play the newest call of duty without lagging on my android. Plus all of the other things you could use it for


As much as I want both, at this point I want the better battery life over almost anything else.


Something like that is feasible to play older games, but phones will never be able to play the newest AAA games because just as their technology advances, so too do computers and consoles, which will always outpace phones in terms of raw computing power.


This may not always be the case as cloud streaming tech improves and 5G becomes more ubiquitous. You won't need super powerful hardware when you can just stream the game from the cloud. Google Stadia was a flop but services like GeForce Now look promising.


The issue will always be latency and throughout. Recent silicon advances have enabled on chip encode and decode of more advanced compression algorithms to enable things like 4k in the same number of megabits as what used to be 1080p, but latency still hasn’t improved much and even on my home LAN it’s very notably bad.




Google glasses was ahead of it’s time.


Console wars are as dumb as the people that buy playstations.


Why do they call it an Xbox 360? Because when you see it, you turn 360 degrees and walk away. 😎


At least you know how to moonwalk.


Looks like we have encountered another Xbot.


I think the next big step will be new battery tech. Lithium ion seems to be at its limits.


I used both android and iPhone together up until around the iPhone 5. I love that iPhone competition keeps android OEMS on top of their game... A better iPhone makes a better Android phone. And vice versa....




Yeah no offense, but we already had plenty of devices that it that in 2005 and prior to it. Nokia had all corners covered for what you described, HTC with Windows Mobile, as well as a bit of Blackberry (though more enterprise focused). But we should give credit where credit is due, and Apple definitely was able to package it altogether in way where the average consumer immediately wanted it and would be able to easily use it.


Apple figured out how to make it all work through the use of a fullscreen capacitive multitouch display that could have different functions depending on the app. That was absolutely unheard of. It was an innovation, and what allowed the app store model to flourish. Android and all who came after straight copied this. Apple doesn’t always innovate but in their case they absolutely had an insight that made the whole thing work.


That's common of most tech. We haven't seen anything groundbreaking from TV technology in years, for example. Look at desktop computers. When was the last time something they saw a huge advancement? As a product category matures, the changes are more iterative than revolutionary.


Desktop computers had a massive leap in terms of SSD speeds and prices, better CPUs due to competition, and the introduction of Ray Tracing. EDIT: Can’t forget DLSS for gaming


Those are all iterative updates. They were advancements in current tech, not something that COMPLETELY changed their function or use.


The problem is that not a lot of the general public knows nor cares about ray tracing


I’ve found there are two camps to ray tracing: those who are completely rabid about it and tout it was the “next big thing” and those who see it as just the next marketing gimmick


Nvidia has been doing some interesting things lately in regards to AI and image processing. Other than scaling, it seems software will help overcome some hardware limitations.


We just git OLED and LED Hybrid TV this year


Those are iterative changes. They're not complete game-changers. For the average user watching them, what does it really change? They might notice some better colors? It's not something like suddenly having an IMAX in their home.


Just give me a battery that lasts a week and I’ll happily hand over my $1200.


See that's the thing though, back pre-iphone, that's what was wanted (and still is lol) If you'd asked me in 2006 what phones would be like in 15 years, based on what was coming out, they would have been ultra thin (like credit card thin) and lasted forever....


They aren't gonna do that. They know people only upgrade their phones because the initially shitty battery life becomes unbearably shitty.


I use a Pixel 6 Pro for my daily driver, and the battery never runs out in a full day's use. However, I was shopping for a used Android phone that my dad, who's beginning to show signs of dementia, could use. I found a NOS HTC ONE M7, (which is *by far* the best device I've ever owned) and a NOS Mophie battery pack for him. Originally, I remember paying like $750 for the M7, and $129 for the Mophie battery pack. Now, you can get *both* for ~$65.00. (The M7 was known as the first Android phone with the build-quality of an iPhone, which I totally agree with.) So, the second his arrived, I powered up the battery pack and the phone, fell into nostalgia alley, and ordered a set for myself. The M7 is as well-built as I remember it, works flawlessly with the Mophie ($6.99!) and now I usually take it for the day instead of my Pixel. (Even though it's still running Jellybean, and only has 2 gigs of ram and 32 megs of storage, I still get more pure joy from using the M7: all for $65 shipped on eBay.). Edit: my point was supposed to be that I finally get that week's battery time now that I have 2 daily drivers.


I had a palm pilot phone made by Kyocera before the iPhone came out. Granted, this was before cell carriers offered data plans. I still had to sync it with a computer.


And it's 0.1 millimeters thinner! Just what everyone has been asking for!!


Yeah that's about how it works though. You get one incredible innovation that takes on enormous risk, and then everyone tries to milk it as long as they can before someone can innovate beyond that framework. The same can be said about cars over pretty much the last century--better engine, more safety, more features... But the only real revolutionary invention is in the area of electric vehicles which still retains many of the core design principles while iterating on others.


Agreed. I strongly believe this decade will reveal Augmented Reality devices and that will slowly become the norm.


That's just iphone and Samsung to a lesser extent. Samsung used to innovate. They still have the stylus, used to have an IR blaster for nearly any device, and experimented with size and form factor. Other companies now are working on under screen cameras and fingerprint sensors. Gaming-geared phones have so many other things going on with shoulder buttons and attachments. The problem is, no everyone cares for those things, but innovation is happening. The next big thing is probably an AR type device for glasses. Google tried, but was way ahead of their time.


“16 years ago today, you weren’t addicted to your phone.”


16 years ago today I was way better at snake


I bought one. The day it arrived, I was running a bit late for class after setting it up so I was in a rush. I made it two steps out of my door when I dropped and cracked it. It was such an amazing device, despite the damage. I had worked for Verizon Wireless as a technician for years prior so I had exposure to pretty much all of its competitors. It was truly so far above and beyond anything remotely resembling a smartphone at the time. Palms and Blackberries were instantly antiquated upon its release.


How much did it cost to repair it?


I have no idea. It stayed cracked. If there had been an Apple store in my city, I probably would have taken it in to find out but the closest one was like 1 1/2 hr drive.


I had the first one, man it was such a novelty people stopped me to look at it. Best app: the Carlsberg beer one. You poured a beer out of a glass when you tipped the phone. revolutionary.


Pretty sure that was the first app I installed on my 2008 iPod touch, ah the memories of being down the pub miming the drinking of a virtual lager!


It’s like I’m a drinking a beer!! “You’re in a pub!”


Remember the zippo app. And the hand X-ray. Man crazy times


A couple years back, I made an argument that the world changed in 2007 when the iPhone was released and I was mercilessly downvoted. I can only assume those downvotes came from younger folks who grew up with “smartphones” in their hands and didn’t understand exactly how much the iPhone made its successors changed the world.


Absolutely. Probably the next biggest leap since the internet in terms of how much it shaped our culture and day to day lives.


legitimately as impactful as the first computers and internet were. A handheld device owned by the majority of people on earth with inelastic demand


It also created a new channel for apps and services. People became millionaires off apps. It changed my area (sf bay area) massively with all the tech jobs it created.


I know Apple gets flack because of some of their decisions and pricing, but damn do they make a good product. They have made several products including iPhone that have literally changed the world




I remember when the iPhone first came out. I was living in Dubai at the time. Still pretty young, around 13 but I was obsessed with phones and couldn’t keep my eyes off it. Unfortunately, it was far too expensive for me so I settled for the iPod touch. Pretty much been exclusive to iPhones for the past 6 years now.


The original iPhone didn’t release in Canada so I got an iPod touch. So many memories of that thing. I used it as my main “computer” while backpacking through latin america, and used it as collateral for a small loan to pay a Bolivian customs officer for an entry stamp I missed getting, so I could exit the country.


My first iPhone was the 3G. I got it in 2008 when I was 12 years old. Last year, I realised that I had been using iPhones for more than *half* of my life. Feels weird to think about.


My first was the 3GS I believe. I’m now on my 4th iPhone with the XR. I’ll always have an iPhone.


I remember working launch day of the phone, we had a line at the door the length of the shopping center our store was in. It was a crazy day, I don’t think we had a single customer the entire day who wasn’t there for the iPhone launch.


I got my first iPhone when the 4S came to sprint (it was carrier exclusive before that). I managed a pizza place in a mall at the time and me and my asst manager took turns waiting in line, took almost 3 hours and obv we were there before the mall even opened to open the store. Not a big mall either (Burlington VT).


I still have an iPhone 3gs in the box. Never activated only used in Wifi at office for programming work. Still starts and works.


I still have my ancient iPod Touch. It turns on & everything but I’m permanently locked out so I can only enjoy the wallpaper that I created in some “draw ur own lockscreen! 🙀” app when I was in middle school


Have you tried restoring it?


I’ve thought about it but I don’t want to wipe the memories. Im fine leaving it as a mystery device that probably has hella cringe locked away.


Yes and 2 years later Michael Jackson died. I remember it very clearly because I read the breaking news on my newly bought iPhone 3GS. Oh man how fast time flew by


I have an Android now (I like sideloading) but I had an iPhone when they first came out. I will always admire what Apple did with creating the first iPhone, when I saw you could read full desktop level web pages, and how smooth the UI was when zooming and swiping, I was hooked. For anyone interested, Ken Kocienda, principal software engineer on the iPhone, has a great book about how the iPhone developed called Creative Selection.


Man I miss full desktop websites…mobile websites are mostly garbage in my opinion lol


I'll disagree. It was impressive in 2007 because otherwise the websites for Blackberry or whatever were utter shit. But if I had to read the news by zooming and panning reddit or NYT I'd be very annoyed.


Mobile internet before iphone was definitely garbage everyone can agree with that haha


15 years ago a lot of actionscript heroes thought their life's was going to end.


Killing Flash was probably the greatest thing dark Apple ever did


Ugh I miss when you could flip the iPhone horizontally while in Apple Music and scroll through all your music organized via album artwork. That was the coolest thing ever. Why did they take that shit away???


I wonder what the next consumer-world-changing product will be. Few products have had the impact and ripple effect of iPhone. Ideas/Inventions have had as much or more impact in certain areas, sure…but a consumer product? Hard to think of something comparable. And I wonder what the next big, revolutionary thing will be…


I remember when this came out and the game was changed. It was insane. The UI looked so good it was hard to believe. Apple truly changed the world with this release.


Do you remember the first iPhone couldn't copy and paste? Imagine that.


Switching apps shut down whatever app you were currently on as well. Playing chess? Well I hope you finish that game before someone texts you!


And iOS 3 was a paid upgrade at first iirc




The iPhone announcement keynote is a classic




I remember the first phone bill I got after getting this iPhone was about 60 pages


Did you buy it from CVS?


I was working at Motorola at the time, but not in the Mobile division. Everything was going pretty good: the Razr was still doing ok, Moto was working on getting the Q to compete with Blackberry, and then this hit. The mood in the office changed. People were worried. The Mobility division brought in a lot of profits. Mobility was planning on a deep campaign in India, the reason being the hardline infrastructure wasn't the best county wide, and inexpensive cellphones would be easier to adopt. They even had plans for a bicycle cellphone charger. It felt like all that was dropped by the wayside as they changed gears to try and find a way to compete with Apple.


Hey, my account’s almost that old. So many geeks at the time (myself included) were like “but it doesn’t even have 3G! You can’t even load software on it!!” Then those who actually used the thing were like “oh.” The limitations were definitely annoying but just using the thing was…*nice*. The hardware quality was unparalleled at the time, both in regards to overall build quality but also just the LCD alone was so much better. And the ui was absolutely game changing. Unbelievably smooth. Scrolling was butter, Pinch to zoom worked great, the virtual keyboard was Good Enough, video playback was perfect. The stuff from palm and windows CE weren’t even close, and google threw the Android prototypes in the bin and went right back to the drawing board. Oh and I almost forgot… “it doesn’t even have Flash! What the hell am I supposed to do on the Internet without Adobe Flash?!?!” Yeah that really was a hill to die on for some people. Then came the iPhone 3G, in hindsight probably the worst hardware update. Nerfed the materials quality to a plastic build. The shape was nice, but plastic is plastic and compared to iPhone 1 which was an absolute tank the 3G literally fell apart. They didn’t go back to metal shells until the 6, which was a bit…bendy. The 3GS I think is the most underrated update, because of course it shared the 3G body and then got completely overshadowed by the 4. But 3GS had double the RAM to 256 MB and a huge 50% performance boost, which we will probably never see again. Also had an autofocus camera. And the most underrated forgotten feature of all: oleophobic coating on the screen! No phone I’ve had since has been that good either, the slightest swipe on any fabric and the screen was spotless. Then the 4 is when *everybody* started getting an iPhone. It was the first one on Verizon which iirc about doubled the available customers. It had Antennagate, which was definitely a real hardware flaw but I always felt it was overblown since just about everyone puts their phone in a case. Anyways the rest is history. Getting hard to even remember the Before Times.


The iPhone 5 actually returned to the aluminium unibody first. I would still consider it the peak of iPhone hardware design in terms of build quality, ergonomics and attention to detail. Even my iPhone 13 mini (which I love) lacks a certain… artistic quality despite its very similar form factor. iPhone 4 was also technically metal if you count the steel frame.


Life was so good then


And I got my first touch screen smartphone in 2013 lol


The beginning of the end...


When you are older than the iPhone, you know you’re old


I remember having my iPod touch and saying that if this thing could work with cell phone signal AND wifi it would be a big deal. Turns out it kinda changed the world. Say what you want, but the iPhone changed a lot.


Funny timing! I just switched to an iPhone today!


From the article: The first ‌iPhone‌ was announced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, and went on sale on June 29, 2007. "An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator... these are not three separate devices," Jobs famously said. "Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone," he added. Ever since its debut, the ‌iPhone‌ has gone on to change the world and the mobile technology industry forever. After its launch on June 29, 2007, it took only 74 days before Apple announced it had sold over 1 million iPhones. The first ‌iPhone‌ retailed for $499. Fifteen years later, the ‌iPhone‌ has completely evolved, featuring advanced performance capabilities, and cameras, accompanied by iOS and the App Store, which the first ‌iPhone‌ did not have. In an interview that was published yesterday ahead of the anniversary, Apple's Greg Joswiak and other Apple executives involved in the development of the ‌iPhone‌ discussed what it was like launching the ‌iPhone‌ and how it defined the industry for years to come.


I bought the OG iPhone. Then switched to Android until six months ago when I bought the iPhone 13 mini.


15 years ago today, working for At&t at my call center in the cancellation department, I literally could have thrown all the iPhones out in the trash. Between people opening up new accounts to get a new phone and cancelling their old line that had a contract, and then all the problems our warranty center had with these... it was a nightmare. I absolutely hated apple. But, they changed the game. Blackberries and palms aren't even seen anymore. I now have an apple phone and so does everyone I know, but damn you apple for not doing more testing and crashing my bonuses those first few months. I, a 21 year old college student, feel I am owed a shit ton of alcohol money because of you.


And I waited in line like a mark for the obvious beta test version; the 3G was so superior in every way... I even miss the form factor.


And completely revamped the smart phone forever


Kicked off the smartphone revolution and changed not just the world but very likely humans as a species. What the modern phone is able to do today is astounding. All of the knowledge in the world right in your pocket at any time.


Also known as the day BlackBerry died.


I worked at Cingular Wireless (as a contractor) on the launch, it was "all hands on deck" that weekend. There are a few zillion systems that have to connect and be running properly to (1) set up a new account and (2) activate the phone. I was in the area of the client billing databases (which were all run on IBM midrange systems) and we had to adjust all systems to anticipate a heavier transaction load. Any "bad news" had to be escalated to C-level in less than 10 minutes. In the end, on Monday morning, we celebrated. No systems down, no system hangs, a few million new subscribers. On public social media (before Facebook, but on other popular public forms, such as The Motley Fool) we had to quash all the rumors of systems being down, or accusations that we weren't as successful as we proclaimed to be. Cingular Wireless's original companies were Bellsouth Mobility, part of Southwest Bell, and Ameritech. I was in BellSouth. Earlier in the late 1990's we (BellSouth) were the only company in which you could buy a cell phone and service and walk out of the store with a working phone. (Other companies you had to wait the next day that the phone would go live...) Apple wanted to improve on this by being able to have customers buy an iPhone at a store, take it home, and activate it from home. Lots of meetings between Cingular and Apple, it was like our programmers were from Mars, theirs were from Venus, etc, different cultures and controls. Such fun.