Thank Goodness Apple's iPhone Violated 'Net Neutrality' in 2007

Steve Jobs with the original iPhone in 2007
Steve Jobs with the original iPhone in 2007Image David Paul Morris Getty Images
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30 June, 2017

So, color me surprised that in less than five years following the debut of the first iPhone, I had finally caved and purchased my first iPhone, the iPhone 4S. The original iPhone, launched a decade ago today, put them ON a rocketship towards the mainstream, but it was far from flawless out of the gates. With a decade on, they are still making the headlines. A glance at Stuff's Top 10 smartphones from June 2007 reveals the less-than-inspiring answer: a smart-but-fiddly Nokia N80, maybe a camera-less Sony Ericsson W950i and, if we were city businessmen, a Palm Treo 680 "palmtop".

Think back to the mobile phone you owned before 2007.

A year later, Apple introduced the App store, which improved its sales as opposed to the previous year. The phone is known for revolutionizing how mobile phones were made and since its inception, the way we use phones has drastically changed.

The iPhone 8 has been a reason for excitement for some and trepidation for others. From apps to games, it populated their digital shopfront. Munster sees iPhone sales peaking in 2019 and the Glasses initial launch to take place in 2020. Apple is, of course, expected to put one underneath the display, which, of course, isn't shown in a model. My first iPhone was thus the iPhone 4. The "S" in the model stands for speed. The original iPhone started at $500, while competing phones like the T-Mobile G1 (the first phone to run on Android) cost $150 on a two-year contract. Did you wait for a more advanced model? With a stainless steel and glass body, the device got a dapper squarer look with chamfered rounded corners.

Apple rolled out the first commercials for the new product during the 2007 Academy Awards telecast.

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One minute under water was enough for the original iPhone to fail but the iPhone 7 survived nearly unscathed, with only some muffling to the audio output. The vertical layout of the dual cameras is definitely something that needs to get used to and might rub some the wrong way.

The device renewed the global celebrity of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple who was later fired from the company before returning in the late 1990s amid financial strife at the firm. A 2010 iPhone 4 8GB, for instance, sold this week at $100 on eBay. It changed from a 30-pin charging port to the current Lightning port.

The Cupertino, Calif. -based Apple is rumored to be launch three new iPhones later this year, including a special anniversary edition, which may cost upwards of $1,000, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The time on iPhone ads is always 9:41. Hence, the design of the iPhone 8 revealed through its dummy unit certainly can not be dismissed as fake.


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