Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs debuted the iPhone, which he called “a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.” Apple is celebrating the iconic iPhone by heralding the many ways the device has changed the industry. Essentially creating the smartphone as we know it, the iPhone was the first device to introduce or popularize many of the features users take for granted today.
The technology in the iPhone also inspired later innovations seen in the iPad, Apple Watch and myriad other devices from competitors, reshaping the way people use technology every day. “iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.” As for what’s to come, Apple is rumored to be creating a special iPhone loaded with new features like an OLED screen and wireless charging to mark the occasion, but as usual the company is tight-lipped about its true plans.