Happy birthday, iPhone! Ten years ago this week -- on June 29, 2007 -- Apple released the product that would change its fortunes forever. Announcing the iPhone in his 2007 Macworld keynote speech, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs promised that the company would "reinvent the phone" -- and the iPhone has done exactly that. Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones, and almost every mobile phone sold in the United States today looks and functions similarly to it.
So, what has changed about the iPhone -- and technology in general -- over the past decade? Join us as we revisit some of the highlights in the tech news archives.
The iPhone Has Replaced the Computer
Not long after the release of the iPhone, the Windows PC market entered a period of declining sales that continues to this day. When you consider how the iPhone has evolved over the past decade, it's easy to see why: the iPhone is faster than ever. It offers more storage space than most people need.
The battery lasts all day. Most importantly, an iPhone application now matches or exceeds the experience of using a similar application on a desktop PC.
As tech news outlets noted at the time, the original iPhone was years ahead of other mobile phones on the day of its release -- but it wasn't a true replacement for a PC, yet.
The original version of the iPhone offered a maximum storage capacity of just 8 GB. Apple also didn't introduce the App Store until later.
Tesla Has Revolutionized the Automobile
A decade ago, few would have imagined that it would be possible for a new automaker to appear and compete with the likes of General Motors and Toyota. Beginning with the release of its first car in 2008, Tesla has gradually begun to deliver on its promise of delivering high-performance electric vehicles affordable for those with middle-class incomes.
At the time of its release, the 2008 Tesla Roadster occupied a unique market position as a true high-performance vehicle that ran entirely on battery power. The Tesla Roadster accelerates to 60 mph from a standstill in under four seconds and drives up to 200 miles on a fully charged battery.
In late 2017, Tesla plans to release its first truly mass market vehicle: the Model 3. The Model 3 will start at $35,000. Although Tesla has not released an exact total, industry observers believe that up to 500,000 people have reserved the upcoming vehicle.
The Model 3 will reach 60 mph from a standstill in 5.6 seconds. It will also have a range of over 200 miles and meet five-star safety standards.
Amazon Has Revolutionized Product Delivery
One day soon, you may have the ability to order a product from Amazon and have it delivered by an automated drone within an hour. Amazon has already tested its drone delivery technology successfully, but obtaining approval from the Federal Aviation Administration has proven difficult due to a rule specifying that a drone operator must maintain visual contact with a flying drone at all times.
The FAA has granted at least one exception to the rule, though, which suggests that they might consider a solution that guarantees the safety of those living in drone delivery areas.
Amazon has hedged its bets by launching its own airline and purchasing a fleet of tractor trailers in an effort to control skyrocketing shipping costs. Nevertheless, it seems likely that drone deliveries will become a reality before long.
The Cloud Has Become Ubiquitous
Cloud computing -- a term that many would have found difficult to define 10 years ago -- has truly matured over the last decade. Today, virtually all consumers use cloud-based services -- such as automatic online smartphone backups or streaming video content accessible from anywhere -- without even realizing it.
Cloud adoption has also proven necessary for businesses that want to remain competitive.
Running enterprise software as cloud-based services helps to keep businesses growing by reducing the strain on internal IT departments to manage security and upgrade cycles. Cloud computing can also prevent disasters by giving businesses a way to continue operating if their primary data centers or in-house servers fail.
Cloud computing can also prevent disasters by giving businesses a way to continue operating if their primary data centers or in-house servers fail.
Happy birthday, iPhone, here's to many more great years!