The first iPhone, which was launched back in January 2007, turns 15 today. That’s because it officially went on sale on June 29, 2007.
After its launch on June 29, 2007, it took only 74 days before Apple announced it had sold over 1 million iPhones. The first iPhone retailed for $499. Fifteen years later, the iPhone has completely evolved, featuring advanced performance capabilities, and cameras, accompanied by iOS and the App Store, which the first iPhone did not have. In an interview that was published yesterday ahead of the anniversary, Apple’s Greg Joswiak and other Apple executives involved in the development of the iPhone discussed what it was like launching the iPhone and how it defined the industry for years to come.
While the stores were set to open at 6 o’clock for iPhone buyers, the long line can be seen over an hour ahead of the sale, with some people even waiting in line for over a day. In fact the line was so long, Starbucks decided to set up a temporary mini-outlet just for people waiting in line for the iPhone.
Over a decade later, despite online sales becoming much more popular than they were back in the day, users continue to wait outside Apple Stores to buy one of the new iPhones on day one. Apple is now gearing up to launch the iphone 14 series, its latest in the lineup, which will likely be made official in September this year.