“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything …” Steve Jobs said during a MacWorld keynote in 2007 and this was definitely hyperbole but the introduction of the original iPhone was a major moment in mobile history. With news that Jobs is resigning as Apple CEO, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at Jobs’ showing the world the first iPhone.
Decked in his trademark jeans and a turtleneck, Jobs talks about how they’ll be introducing three products: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough Internet communications device. Those three products turned out to be the iPhone.
It’s funny to watch these clips now, as much of it seems dated – Watch as the crowd explodes to the announcement that it has a 2-megapixel camera. Still, the first time you see the device with the multitouch interface and the great web browsing, there’s still a “wow factor” four years later.
We’re expecting an iPhone 5 to be announced in just a few short weeks and I’d still bet that Jobs may be the one to introduce it. If that’s not the case, just take a few minutes to watch the videos below to see how this whole crazy iPhone thing got started. I know it’s long, but try and watch it all the way through because there are some interesting moments. Notice how awkward Cingular’s CEO seems compared to Jobs and watch Jobs stalling for time with a Woz story.