Watch Steve Jobs unveil the iPhone exactly 15 years ago

Steve Jobs moved confidently across a San Francisco stage on January 9, 2007, to announce the first iPhone.

“Every once in a while, a breakthrough product comes along,” the then-Apple CEO told the crowd at the Moscone Center’s Macworld conference, dressed in a black turtleneck, blue trousers, and white sneakers. That has a huge impact.

Those in the audience were able to get a first look at the iPhone six minutes and 36 seconds into his lecture, a shockingly slim smartphone with a touchscreen interface and no clunky physical keyboards — a gadget that radically revolutionized the mobile phone. industry.

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007.

“I didn’t sleep a blink of an eye last night,” Jobs said at the end of his famous speech. “I was so excited about the idea today, because we’ve been so lucky at Apple. We have had real revolutionary products. The Mac in 1984 is an experience those of us who were there will never forget, and I don’t think the world will forget it either. The iPod in 2001 changed everything about music, and we’ll be doing it again with the iPhone in 2007. We’re very excited about it.

And it had every right to be, because the iPhone, with its cutting-edge design, easy-to-use interface, and promise of innovative applications, quickly became a global hit and turned Apple’s fortunes into the world. -beyond expectations.

Of course, by today’s standards, the initial iPhone was rudimentary. It had a 3.5-inch touchscreen (described as “huge” by Jobs at the time), which was significantly smaller than the normal 6.1-inch screen seen on more contemporary Apple handsets. The initial iPhone was $ 499 and came with only 4GB of storage (8GB for an extra $ 100), a far cry from the terabyte given by the recently announced iPhone 13 Pro Max, which will set you back $ 1,599. Let’s not even get started on the camera technology on this initial gadget.

We present this remarkable moment when Steve Jobs debuted Apple’s first smartphone, igniting a sequence of events that has fundamentally revolutionized the way we connect with one another, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the iPhone’s launch. Others, and for a long time.