Happy Birthday iPhone: Apple Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Groundbreaking Device

When the iPhone was first introduced in 2007, Steve Job’s said that it was the combination of an iPod, a phone, and an internet mobile communicator. On the iPhone’s fifth birthday, camera, video camera, GPS system, gaming device, and personal assistant can be added to the list of gadgets crammed into the tiny iPhone shell.

When Jobs revealed the iPhone in January, 2007, he said:

“An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator…. These are not three separate devices!”

Wired reports that the iPhone launched exclusively on AT&T with just a handful of Apple created apps in 2007. The original iPhone had 320 X 480 resolution, a 2-megapixel camera, and 8 GB of memory.

When the iPhone first came out, Cnet wrote:

“The Apple iPhone has a stunning display, a sleek design, and an innovative multitouch user interface. Its Safari browser makes for a superb Web surfing experience, and it offers easy-to-use apps. As an iPod, it shines.”

The iPhone has come a long way since its introduction. The newest model features a retina display, 960X640 resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, HD video recording, 3G connectivity, 64 GB of memory, and Siri, an intuitive little person that lives in your phone.

Here’s a breakdown of the iPhone’s evolution.

  • January 9th, 2007 – Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone at Macworld.
  • June 29th, 2007 – The iPhone is officially launched.
  • October 31st, 2007 – iPhone named invention of the year by Time Magazine.
  • July 11th, 2008 – iPhone 3G released. Apple introduces the App Store.
  • June 19th, 2009 – iPhone 3Gs is released. Camera upgraded to 3-megapixels.
  • June 2010 – iPhone 4 released with retina display.
  • January 2011 – The iPhone comes to Verizon.
  • October 2011 – iPhone 4s officially launches. Apple introduces Siri.

Do you own an iPhone? Have you been buying a new one every time that Apple releases a new version?