Apple fans who weren’t old enough to surf the web 10 years ago when Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone can relive the glorious event, thanks to an archive of Apple’s website that will take them back in time.
As shown by the Internet Archive’s WayBack Machine, Apple’s website claimed the iPhone ushered in a new era of software and sophistication for mobile devices. Apple touted its new smartphone as three products in one:
“iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device.”
You can explore Apple’s original iPhone website by visiting the Wayback Machine and clicking through the different pages that reveal the device that would define the future of mobile phones.
Early response to iPhone was mixed
Apple has now sold more than 1 billion iPhones, making it one of the most iconic tech devices of all time. However, when Jobs revealed the iPhone, not everyone was convinced Apple’s smartphone would become a hit.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughed at the device’s lack of keyboard — and its price tag.
To see how the world responded to the iPhone’s grand unveiling, check out Techmeme’s archive page of all the top tech stories from January 9, 2007.