Today, Apple’s iPhone celebrates its 5th birthday. Only five years old? The iPhone has been such an overwhelming success, and has changed the tech landscape so much, that it feels like it’s been around forever. But no: it was on 29 June 2007 that the first model of iPhone hit the streets.
The public got their first glimpse of the iPhone six months before that, when Apple presented the original iPhone at Macworld San Francisco in January 2007. Since then, according to research from Strategy Analytics, Apple has sold over 250 million iPhones with generating “US$150 billion of cumulative revenues worldwide”.
The iPhone has had a large impact on the business world, sporting a bigger profit margin than the PC giant Microsoft, Business Insider believes.
“A single product that didn’t exist five years ago is now bigger than the 30-year old company that was once considered so all-powerful that the government intervened to try to break it up,” Business Insider’s Henry Blodget said.
The app environment has also benefited from the iPhone’s dramatic growth, providing a new industry for developers, businesses, sports and communication.
The iPhone has created an “ecosystem, one that has unleashed dozens of ubiquitous applications that were inconceivable five years ago. From photos to communications to connectivity to games, the iPhone has, literally, changed tens of millions of people’s lives,” Blodget said.
“And it has created jobs and careers for hundreds of thousands of developers, designers, and other professionals.”
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