In Pics | Know all about how Apple launched first iPhone a decade ago
Updated On : 12 Sep 2017,05:41 PM
Over a decade 10 ago, US tech giant Apple launched the first iPhone, which was hailed by tech pundits as a revolutionary gadget in the cell phone market. The iPhone hit the American tech markets six months after its CEO Steve Jobs teased about the same at the Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco and announced to the world that Apple was reinventing the phone, making path-breaking changes in an entire industry like it had done with the Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod in 2001. Steve Jobs lived upto his word about changed everything in the mobile market with the iPhone. The product that many critics deemed as a disaster shaped the smartphone industry and made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world.
In the build up to the iPhone's release, MacRumors shared dozens of stories, like sightings out in the wild, photos of training manuals, benchmarks, in-store displays, and banners outside of stores. And of course, before the first iPhone launched, there were already rumors of an iPhone 2. The first iPhone which sported a 3.5-inch display wasn't equipped with a physical keyboard, touch-based user interface hence was unique among phones of that era.
iPhone sales started at 6:00 p.m. local time on June 29, 2007, but people started lining up days ahead of time. Hours before the iPhone launched, hundreds of people qued up at AT&T locations and the then-164 Apple Stores across the United States and around the world.
The iPhone which was initially priced at USD 499 and USD 599 for the 4GB models and 8GB models went on sale on June 29, 2007. Apple closed its stores at 2:00pm local time to prepare for the 6:00pm iPhone launch, while hundreds of customers lined up at stores nationwide.