Julio is here and, honestly, I have a hard time believing it. Seriously, time flies by these days. But although it is no longer June, I wanted to review a momentous day: June 29.
If you didn’t already know, June 29 marked the 14th anniversary of when the original iPhone (OG) went on sale to the masses. Steve Jobs announced the iPhone on January 9, 2007, and it went on sale on June 29, 2007. This was the device that Jobs called “a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a mobile communications device. Revolutionary Internet “. Compared to the best iPhones we have today, the original iPhone was super slow, but at the time, literally changed the world.
The original iPhone was a revelation for me. Multi-touch. Rubber bands. Inertial displacement. Pinch to zoom. It was the first time that direct manipulation as a means of human interface was not only practical or even possible, but desirable.
Unfortunately, it was not available in Canada. Worse still, it was locked to AT&T in the US So the best I could do at the time was change my suddenly outdated Palm Treo 680 to look like an iPhone. About half a year later, however, the iPhone was jailbroken and jailbroken. I managed to cross the border, put in a dirty Canadian SIM card and used it up here on the wall.
It would take even the iPhone 3G for Apple to officially support Canada and for local carriers to offer anything close to reasonable data rates. But I still remember, and will always remember Steve holding the original, thousands of people lining up for the original, getting and using the original, even a little bit, as the event that started it all.
Let me tell you the story of how the original iPhone has really changed my life. In fact, if it weren’t for the first iPhone, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today: here at iMore, writing about the iPhone, iPad, and everything else Apple-related.
Interestingly, I didn’t get the original iPhone on launch day June 29, 2007. In fact, at this point, I didn’t even own a single Apple product, not even an iPod. I had a Windows PC and several Sony MP3 players (God, remember those?). At that time I liked computers, although not as much as now. Because I was on Twitter, I paid Some Pay attention to the original iPhone ad with Jobs, but since it was still very early in my college days (with an interest in a journalism degree), I didn’t have a lot of money.
When the iPhone went on sale, I remember seeing some friends on Twitter posting photos of their adventures waiting in line with other Apple fans to get the iPhone. The Internet was full with iPhone this, iPhone that. Since I didn’t have any Apple products, I wasn’t sure what the hype was about a phone, and I was perfectly satisfied with my Sony Ericsson K790 at the time because I had a “cool” camera (LOL). Plus, with the original cost of the device and the fact that he didn’t use AT&T, he was sure he’d never get an iPhone. At some point I just shrugged and went on with my life.
In 2008, my mom decided to let me choose a gift for my birthday, and I basically said, “Hey, what the heck, I want an iPhone. All cool kids have one.” So he bought me one. Once I had that chunky little thing in my hands, I instantly fell in love.
What made me fall in love with the iPhone? The fact that it was a full screen that allowed me to freely surf the Internet when I wanted: Internet in my pocket! Or have a touch screen that was super responsive, and everything looked so clear on the screen compared to the normal cell phones we were using at the time. And the fact that I finally had an iPod like everyone else. It took me a while to get used to not having physical buttons for typing, but I think I have mastered it by now. Also, the original design of the iPhone body was just amazing – it’s one of my favorite iPhone designs to this day.
I was working in a retail store in 2008, and one day, I was pulling my iPhone out of my pocket before work and it got out of hand. The scenario felt like it happened in slow motion – I saw my iPhone fly off and hit the concrete in the corner of the front screen. As you can imagine, the front glass broke and I was quite upset with myself. This was just four months after receiving the iPhone, my first Apple product, I was pretty heartbroken, to be honest.
But since I got the original iPhone, I’ve started to dive deeper into the world of Apple products. I wanted to get a MacBook eventually, so I started following various Apple blogs. With this, I basically started to become a huge Apple fan, and made enough money to buy the next iPhone 3G that came out as a replacement for my shattered iPhone OG.
And thus a new annual tradition was born. I’ve updated my iPhone every year since 2008, and I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon, especially since the iPhone Update Program makes it so easy. The iPhone also ignited my passion for Apple, as I did my best for the Apple ecosystem with a white polycarbonate MacBook (first Mac), iPad OG, Apple Watch OG (a few months after launch) and almost every other product. from Apple. how they came out. And with my passion for writing, I decided to dedicate myself to technology journalism as my career, specializing in everything related to Apple. I started writing for a few different posts shortly after I got my original iPhone, and after a bit of a struggle, I ended up here at iMore, which was always one of my dream jobs.
The point of my story is the fact that I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing right now if it weren’t for the original iPhone. Although I didn’t get it on launch day, it had a significant impact on my life in general.
Thank you iPhone for changing the lives of so many people, including me. You really changed the world.
- Christine Romero-chan