The iPhone on its 15th birthday... How did this invention revolutionize our lives?

Few are the inventions that changed the course of humanity and aroused widespread controversy around them, and perhaps the death of the inventor of the iPhone after years of fame slowed the pace of this invention to another stage of creativity, but its great impact on humanity shows us its advantages and disadvantages every day.

15 years ago, Apple launched its legendary iPhone. The company has sold up to two billion devices of it so far.

The magical iPhone revolution began in 2007, and this product helped Apple grow into a $3 trillion company.

3. Innovate the world of applications

You may not remember this now, but Apple's first iPhone didn't have third-party apps or the App Store. That changed in July 2008, when Apple introduced the iPhone 3G and its iPhone 2.0 software.

The App Store is what made the iPhone an indispensable device. There are now about two million apps in the Apple Store, with basically every company creating one or more apps.

The iPhone and the App Store have spawned industries that cannot exist without smartphones. Without them, there would be no service like Uber to take us from one place to another, or Instagram to share our photos.

4. Photography frenzy

Sure, we had cameras on our phones before the iPhone. But the advent of a combination of a good gadget like the iPhone and easy access to the internet and apps like Instagram showed the inner photographer that many people have.

As a result, carrying a traditional camera has become unnecessary unless you are a journalist or a professional photographer.

5. Live life through it

Having a phone camera means you have a portable video camera at your fingertips. Moreover, the phone connection allows you to stream video instantly.

This could mean talking to your family members on the other side of the world, or filming a cat video on YouTube, or on services like Facebook Live and similar features on other social networks, and technology could be used to depict police brutality or report Prompt about something I've seen.

On the other hand, having these smart devices with us at all times allows law enforcement and companies (such as the makers of those apps on your phone) to track us.

Although Apple has taken a strong stance on privacy, security is still a major concern for users.

The day the world changed

On January 9, 2007, at the MacWorld Expo, Steve Jobs (died in 2011), CEO of Apple, unveiled the first iPhone.

“The iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is 5 years ahead of any other mobile phone,” Jobs said during his opening speech.

But the iPhone that Jobs was carrying wasn't actually quite that glamorous, there were also behind-the-scenes efforts to prevent the new product's presentation from falling apart while Jobs was introducing it to the keynote.

Best adventure I've had

I couldn't help myself in the summer of 2007 when I finally found a way to buy this amazing device by paying a month's salary to be one of the first to get this device in Qatar, at a time when the two greatest devices were the Nokia E90 Communicator and the Blackberry Curve curve) - they sell for nearly a thousand dollars.

And I actually paid an amount exceeding $1800, which is a big adventure whose results I did not know, and I asked someone in the United States to buy me the device, as it was sold in the United States only, and it was not offered for sale worldwide, especially since the operator for it was a company.” The American AT&T, and it was not working on the SIM cards of the telecom operators, but the jailbreak must be broken.

I will never forget to experience the device the first time I touched my hands, it was an unforgettable experience in every way. Of course, the new generation will not know what I will say. They did not live in the era before the iPhone existed, the era of plastic buttons and infinite lists. Just touching the glass to move the names of people in the address list was in itself crazy at the time.

As for seeing pictures that get bigger and smaller by simply touching the glass with your fingers and moving them away and bringing them closer, it is a magical thing that may be more enjoyable than the movements of a magician in a circus, or to see all these programs with purity and clarity instead of the dark colors used in “modern” Nokia phones at the time, it is like the emission of colors in TVs after years of black and white broadcasts.

My journey to acquire an iPhone was not furnished with roses, it is enough to know that the SIM cards in the Arab countries and even the world were not included in the SIM holder in the iPhone, and you had to have a surgeon’s hand to treat the excess scalpel in the large SIM to match the size of the SIM holder.

Not only that, the device I bought, which is equivalent to my iPhone 13 at the moment, did not have an Arabic keyboard for writing messages, and I remember that I bought a software from a Russian programmer that converts the keyboard to write in Arabic.

better than ferrari

Despite all these difficulties, the acquisition of this strange device at that time was better for me than owning a Ferrari, and some may consider this sentence exaggerated, but I am sure that the owner of the Ferrari at that time did not receive the attention I was getting wherever I went In restaurants, cafés, and clubs, when I put the device on the table, people who really wanted to see the iPhone box would gather around me.

One of the funny situations that I remember is that in Ramadan in 2007, my previous company was holding a collective iftar feast for its customers, and they invited the company’s managers and employees, and on that day my direct manager came to me and asked me to give him the device to show it to the managers of other companies. The funny thing is that this manager at first called me crazy when he knew that I had paid a large sum to acquire this revolutionary device.

How did the iPhone change the world?

Even 15 years later, it would be hard to say the iPhone wasn't revolutionary. Whether you are a loyal iPhone owner or have never owned one, the impact it has had on our daily lives is indisputable.

The difference between my first iPhone and the current one?

Let's start with what the iPhone made for the company that brought it to life. In 2007, Apple's market capitalization (the total value of all Apple shares) was $174.03 billion. On January 3, 2022, it reached $3 trillion, the highest market value of any company ever.

The first iPhone was priced at $499 and came with 4GB of storage. For an extra $100, you can get a device with 8GB of storage. While the iPhone 13 Pro Max costs $ 1099 for a version with a storage capacity of 256 GB, and a version of 1 TB of storage can be obtained for $ 1599.

The first iPhone had one camera on the back, while the iPhone 13 Pro had 4 cameras (3 on the back and one on the front).

And you couldn't copy and paste text with the first iPhone, as copying and pasting wasn't added until 2009 with the release of iPhone OS 3.

The first iPhone had 15 apps: Calendar, Camera, Clock, Contacts, iPod, Maps, Messages, Notes, Phone, Photos, Safari, Stocks, Voice Memos, Weather, and Settings.

You couldn't record videos with the first iPhone, but now the iPhone 13 Pro can record 4K video at 60 frames per second.

The first iPhone did not support MMS for sending things like photos and videos via text messages.

The first iPhone had a 3.5-inch screen, while the smallest iPhone 13 (iPhone 13 Mini) has a 5.4-inch screen, the regular iPhone 13 comes with a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone 13 (13 Pro Max) has a giant screen size 6.7 inches.

FaceTime was released in 2010 and iMessage in 2011.

The App Store opened on July 10, 2008, and at the time had only 500 apps. Now, according to Apple's website, there are 1.8 million apps in the App Store.

On September 10, 2007 (74 days after the launch of the first iPhone), Apple sold its millionth iPhone. In 2018, Apple sold 216.7 million iPhones, roughly a million devices every 1.5 days. Apple stopped sharing the number of iPhones sold after 2018.

10 ways the iPhone changed everything

The world is a different place 15 years after Apple introduced its popular smartphone, the iPhone, as there have been good changes, there are also disadvantages to using this technology product.

In 2007, Nokia was the largest phone maker in the world, and Microsoft was preparing to launch Windows Vista, and these names did not resonate like the device revealed by the CEO of Apple.

"The iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally 5 years ahead of any other mobile phone," Jobs said at the time.

Since then, the company has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones, and has become the world's most profitable public company. Mock phones from companies like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Xiaomi have spread all over the world, and now even people in places without fixed electricity have smartphones.

"It's hard to underestimate the impact of the iPhone," said mobile market analyst Ross Rubin. "The ripples it creates affect large swathes of our lives."

Here are some of the ways the iPhone has changed the way we live:

1. Internet all the time

Before the iPhone, it was the norm to turn on your computer, wait for a Wi-Fi connection and open Internet Explorer, Safari, or another web browser. Now, you are online all the time. If you are not connected to a WiFi network, you are connected via your cellular network.

It's not just the internet connection that our iPhone helped us get to, it's also the way we access the internet. The iPhone made mobile web browsing unhelpful, and soon a flood of apps appeared, eliminating the need to open a web browser.

2. Tablets, watches and headphones industry

Various devices have been created for or because of the iPhone, such as the iPad, which is basically a larger iPhone that you use at home, and there is the Apple Watch that is tied to the iPhone.

Then there are all the accessories spurred by the iPhone culture, like phone cases, speakers, Bluetooth headphones, and chargers.

ABI Research estimates that revenue in the global mobile phone accessory market will reach $110 billion in 2021.

6. Setting numbers with the touch of a finger

When Jobs introduced the iPhone, he said, "We were all born with the best cursor - our fingers - and he used it instead of the stylus pen in the iPhone, becoming the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse."

It is hardly surprising to see a device today without a touch screen.

7. You are here

Introducing mapping on the iPhone means you no longer have to feel like a lost tourist in a new city, clutching a giant paper map down a street.

Google Maps and Apple Maps are two of the most used apps on the iPhone, and many features have been added steadily over the years, such as public transit and cycling directions.

8. Play to the next level

The iPhone reinvented the idea of ​​mobile games, apps like Angry Birds that anyone could play using their fingers on a touchscreen became popular, and payment models changed.

Many games are now free, so instead of charging a selling price, the developers came up with the idea of ​​in-app purchases that let you pay for new levels and features on the go.

9. Goodbye cash and hello iPhone

Apple wasn't the first company to talk about mobile payments, but it made even your grandmother aware of the technology that lets you use your phone to buy things.

The Wallet iPhone app can store retail vouchers, reward cards, flight passes and movies, all in one place. Even your driver's license will be in your Apple Wallet if you want to.

Cash isn't dead yet, there are still many places that don't take mobile payments, but using your phone to pay is more common than ever.

10. There are other things

There's no way to sum up everything the iPhone has done in just 10 points, so here are some additional things:

With social media increasingly shifting to mobile devices from desktop computers, some negative points have emerged.

At the same time that this machine and social media have made the world interconnected, the iPhone has been linked to higher ADHD and shorter attention span in children.

Governments are also using mobile devices to spy on their citizens, and consumers are giving away a lot of personal information in exchange for services like Uber rides.

As for “text neck”, it is a new disease caused by the iPhone, as the danger of technology to computers has not stopped, the smartphone has entered its ally in its war against our exhausted bodies, as “Text Neck” disease appeared as a new common disease in 2015, and was described as A global epidemic in more than one site on the Google search engine.

With the constant increased attention we pay to our smartphones, is the latest battle in our long war between our mental and emotional health and technology, the head tilt position is an indication of the multitasking burden our bodies are beginning to suffer.

Few are the inventions that changed the course of humanity and aroused widespread controversy around them, and perhaps the death of the inventor of the iPhone after years of fame - Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011 after suffering from pancreatic cancer - slowed the pace of this invention reaching another stage of creativity, but its great impact Humanity shows us some of its advantages and disadvantages every day.

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