Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs unveils Rokr E1, the first iTunes phone

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The Rokr E1 was the first Apple-sanctioned cellphone. It wasn't good.
The iPhone's terrible ancestor proved disastrous from Day 1.
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September 7: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs unveils Rokr E1, the first iTunes phone September 7, 2005: Apple and Motorola launch the Rokr E1, the first Cupertino-sanctioned cellphone to run iTunes.

Steve Jobs is very unhappy with the results. The compromised device shows what a error it is to let an outside designer create a phone under the Apple banner. The company won’t make the same mistake twice.

Today in Apple history: iPhone 4s opens for Siri-ous preorders

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The iPhone 4s was the last iPhone Steve Jobs directly worked on.
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October 7: Today in Apple history: iPhone 4s preorders begin and they are Siri-ous October 7, 2011: Two days after the death of Steve Jobs, Apple opens preorders for its next-gen iPhone 4s.

The last iPhone that Jobs worked on directly, the 4s boasts a speedier A5 chip, improved 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, and — most significantly — Apple’s new AI virtual assistant, Siri.

Relive 10 years of amazing iPhone innovation

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The iPhone sure has changed over the years.
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iPhone turns 10 The iPhone packed a lot into its first astonishing decade. Not only has the device itself evolved significantly since its promising-but-by-no-means-perfect beginnings, but it’s transformed Apple’s business — and many of our very lives — in the process.

All this week, Cult of Mac’s “iPhone Turns 10” series will look at the innovative device’s massive impact on worldwide culture. The iPhone, which launched on June 29, 2007, truly changed the world.

What iPhone milestones have passed since Steve Jobs introduced this stunning hybrid device, which combined a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device? Check out our handy guide to 10 years of iPhone history.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs hands out $100 to iPhone customers

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All hail the original iPhone!
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Sept 6September 6, 2007: Apple deals with its first iPhone PR crisis, when early adopters complain about the company dropping the price of its new smartphone by $200 just two months after introducing it.

In response, Steve Jobs offers affected customers $100 credit which can be used toward the purchase of any Apple store product. “Our early customers trusted us, and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these,” he writes.

Today in Apple history: Remember the 300-page iPhone bill?

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iJustine's epic iPhone bill was one of the first iPhone viral videos.
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August 18August 18, 2007: A video goes viral on YouTube when 23-year-old internet personality Justine Ezarik, a.k.a. iJustine, posts a 300-page iPhone bill mailed to her in a box by AT&T.

The bill — which lists every single action which consumed cellular data on Justine’s brand new iPhone — is quickly viewed by 3 million people and receives extensive media coverage.

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What was the first app you downloaded on your iPhone?
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Today in Apple history: iPhone 3G sells 1 million in single weekend

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The iPhone 3G went on sale on this day in 2008.
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July 11 July 11, 2008: The iPhone 3G goes on sale, becoming the first Apple product in history to sell more than 1 million units in its first weekend.

Building on the original iPhone by adding GPS, 3G data and a higher-quality build, the iPhone 3G also coincided with the launch of iOS 2, which introduced push email, turn-by-turn navigation and, most importantly, the App Store.

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The App Store name used to be exclusive to Apple.
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Today in Apple history: iPhone goes on sale for the first time

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The smartphone that changed smartphones!
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Wednesday 29 There are no prizes for guessing the significance of today’s “Today in Apple history” installment. On 29 June 2007, the first generation iPhone went on sale — causing massive queues of Apple fans lining up outside Apple Stores around the United States.

And changing the course of not only Apple’s business, but that of the entire mobile industry!