Wish a happy birthday to your iPhone! June 29 marks the fifth anniversary of the day the first iPhone hit store shelves and Apple began its climb in the mobile market.
The first iPhone may have sported a metal and plastic back, but the general look of the smartphone hasn’t changed all that much in the past five years — new materials here, a nip or tuck there — and has kept to its same general size.
What has changed, dramatically, is what the phone can do. At launch, it sported a 2 MP camera, ran on the EDGE network and touted its visual voicemail. It came in a $499 4GB version or a $699 8GB version. Users couldn’t download programs from other developers, but the introduction of a more complete Web browser on a smartphone was enough to impress reviewers.
While it’s hard to separate the iPhone and the App Store in our minds now, the iPhone didn’t have its app ecosystem until a year after launch, in July 2008. Four years later, there are over 650,000 apps in the App Store, and the marketplace has 400 million accounts.