Sunday, July 03, 2011

On Its Fourth Birthday, the iPhone's Past and Future Impact - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD

The iPhone was perhaps the best “think different” success story case study in the history of information technology

The iPhone that went on sale at 6 p.m. on June 29, 2007, changed the definition of a smartphone, adding the best Web browser a phone had ever seen, an exciting multitouch interface, and a world-class music and video player.

That first model was a far cry from today’s iPhone. Most notably, the original iPhone supported only those applications provided by Apple, namely things like stock quotes, weather forecasts and YouTube. It didn’t copy and paste, and couldn’t record video or run more than one third-party application at a time. It was also extremely pricey, starting at $499.

On Its Fourth Birthday, the iPhone's Past and Future Impact - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD

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