Exactly 16 years ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at MacWorld to introduce an all-new product. As Jobs explained, it was his widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a revolutionary Internet communicator.
The iPhone has overtaken the iPod music player, the last of which was discontinued last year. Not only that, the iPhone is now Apple’s most important product. Take a look at the company’s latest earnings report. The iPhone brought him a net profit of $42 billion. That’s more than Macs, iPads, and wearables combined.
On this day in 2007, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone. pic.twitter.com/1QWsD9AvU1
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Speaking of which, the iPad, derived from the iPhone, is currently the world’s leading tablet. With the experience Apple gained while designing the iPhone and iPad chipsets, Apple broke away from Intel and also switched to his ARM-based chips for Macs.
The iPhone has also become the center of a rich ecosystem of accessories, from headphones to smartwatches, generating billions of dollars in revenue each quarter.
Love it or hate it, the iPhone has been one of the most influential products of the last two decades and has helped shape the mobile industry during that time.
Let’s all celebrate iPhone’s birthday. If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out our counter-clockwise series (Parts 1 and 2) chronicling the early days of the iPhone.