Today marks eight years since Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone at Macworld in 2007, setting off the smartphone revolution we are experiencing today.
Watching the video below never gets old, seeing Steve Jobs blow away the audience with his brilliant on-stage performance:
Here’s how Jason Snell (when he was at Macworld) described his first hands-on with the iPhone back in January of 2007:
It feels small, and quite thin. The screen is remarkably responsive — I could sense no delay between when I pressed an on-screen button and when the phone responded to that finger press. I typed on its on-screen keyboard with my index finger, and after about a minute I felt that I was already well on my way to be a proficient iPhone typist. (The iPhone’s software works very hard to figure out what you’re trying to type, including taking note of what keys are nearby the one it thinks you pressed, in case your finger was just a bit off target.) And as you type, the keys “pop up,” getting larger as if they’re rising up to meet your touch, which gives you visual feedback that you’re pressing the right letters.
It’s hard to believe this was eight years ago.
I can still remember playing with an iPhone for the first time down at the Alderwood Apple Store in Washington State back in the fall of 2007. I was equally impressed by the device and its touchscreen and purchased it immediately, after reading on Digg hackers had figured out a way to jailbreak and unlock the latest firmware.