iPhone (1st generation)

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DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn (contract manufacturer)[1][verification needed]
  • "This is only the beginning."
  • "Apple reinvents the phone."
First releasedJune 29, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-06-29)
DiscontinuedJuly 15, 2008; 11 years ago (2008-07-15)
Units sold6.1 million
SuccessoriPhone 3G
RelatediPad, iPod Touch (comparison)
Form factorSlate
  • 115 mm (4.5 in) H
  • 61 mm (2.4 in) W
  • 11.6 mm (0.46 in) D
Mass135 g (4.8 oz)
Operating system
CPUSamsung 32-bit RISC ARM 1176JZ(F)-S v1.0[3] 620 MHz
Underclocked to 412 MHz[4]
GPUPowerVR MBX Lite 3D GPU[5]
Memory128 MB eDRAM[6]
Storage4, 8, or 16 GB flash memory
Battery3.7 V 1400 mAh Lithium-ion battery[7]
Data inputs
Rear camera2.0 MP with geotagging (Not GPS-based)
WebsiteApple - iPhone at the Wayback Machine (archived May 1, 2007)

The iPhone (colloquially known as the iPhone 2G and iPhone 1 after 2008 to differentiate it from later models) is the first smartphone designed and marketed by Apple Inc. After years of rumors and speculation, it was officially announced on January 9, 2007,[9] and was later released in the United States on June 29, 2007. It featured quad-band GSM cellular connectivity with GPRS and EDGE support for data transfer.

Development of the iPhone dated back to 2005, when former Apple CEO Steve Jobs conceived the idea. The design was expanded upon over the next 2 years in complete secrecy, before being announced in Q1 of 2007.

Although several aspects of the iPhone are considered obsolete by current standards, the device is seen as an archetype of current cell phones, eliminating physical hardware buttons and stylus in favor of a touch-based user interface. Its successor, the iPhone 3G, was announced in June 2008.


In 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs conceived an idea of using a touchscreen to interact with a computer in a way in which he could directly type onto the display, instead of requiring a stylus which was common on existing technology of the time. He decided that the device would require a triple layered capacitive multi-touch touch screen, a very new and advanced technology at the time. This helped out with removing the physical keyboard and mouse, the same as a tablet computer. Jobs recruited a group of Apple engineers to investigate the idea as a side project.[10] When Jobs reviewed the prototype and its user interface, he saw the potential in developing the concept into a mobile phone.[11] The whole effort was called Project Purple 2 and began in 2005.[12]

Apple created the device during a secretive and unprecedented collaboration with Cingular Wireless, now AT&T Mobility. The development cost of the collaboration was estimated to have been $150 million[13] over a thirty-month period. Apple rejected the "design by committee" approach that had yielded the Motorola ROKR E1, a largely unsuccessful collaboration with Motorola. Instead, Cingular Wireless gave Apple the liberty to develop the iPhone's hardware and software in-house.[14][15]

The original iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007 in a keynote address at the Macworld Conference & Expo held in Moscone West in San Francisco, California.[16] In his address, Jobs said, "This is a day, that I have been looking forward to for two and a half years", and that "today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone."[17] Jobs introduced the iPhone as a combination of three devices: a "widescreen iPod with touch controls"; a "revolutionary mobile phone"; and a "breakthrough Internet communicator".[18]

Six weeks prior to the iPhone's release, the plastic screen was replaced with a glass, after Jobs was upset that the screen of the prototype he was carrying in his pocket had been scratched by his keys. The quick switch led to a bidding process for a manufacturing contractor that was won by Foxconn, which had just opened up a new wing of its Shenzhen factory complex specifically for this bid.[19]


The iPhone was released in the United States on June 29, 2007 at the price of $499 for the 4 GB model and $599 for the 8 GB model, both requiring a 2-year contract.[20] Thousands of people were reported to have waited outside Apple and AT&T retail stores days before the device's launch;[21] many stores reported stock shortages within an hour of availability. To avoid repeating the problems of the PlayStation 3 launch, which caused burglaries and even a shooting, off-duty police officers were hired to guard stores overnight.[22][23]

It was later made available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, and Austria in November 2007.[20][failed verification]

Six out of ten Americans surveyed said they knew the iPhone was coming before its release.[23]


The iPhone's main competitors in both consumer and business markets were considered to be the LG Prada, LG Viewty, Samsung Ultra Smart F700, Nokia N95, Nokia E61i, Palm Treo 750, Palm Centro, HTC Touch, Sony Ericsson W960 and BlackBerry.[24][25][26][27] The iPod Touch, a touchscreen device with the media and internet abilities and interface of the iPhone but without the ability to connect to a cellular network for phone functions or internet access, was released on September 5, 2007. At the same time, Apple significantly dropped the price of the 8 GB model (from $599 to $399, still requiring a 2-year contract with AT&T) while discontinuing the 4 GB model.[28] Apple sold the one millionth iPhone five days later, or 74 days after the release.[29] After receiving "hundreds of emails...upset" about the price drop, Apple gave store credit to early adopters.[30]

A 16 GB model was released on February 5, 2008 for $499, the original launch price of the 4 GB model.[31] Apple released an SDK on March 6, 2008, allowing developers to create the apps that would be available starting in iPhone OS version 2.0, a free upgrade for iPhone users. On June 9, Apple announced the iPhone 3G, which began shipping July 11.[32] The original iPhone was discontinued on July 15; total sales volume came to 6,124,000 units.


At the time of its unveiling in January, Steve Jobs claimed: "iPhone runs OS X" and runs "desktop class applications",[33][34] but at the time of the iPhone's release, the operating system was renamed "iPhone OS".[35]

The original iPhone supported three major versions of the operating system before it was discontinued: iPhone OS 1, 2, and 3. However, the full iPhone OS 3 feature set was not supported, and the last update the original iPhone received was iPhone OS 3.1.3

Software history[edit]

The original operating system for the original iPhone, iPhone OS 1, featured Visual Voicemail, multi-touch gestures, HTML email, Apple's Safari web browser, threaded text messaging, an "iPod" music and video player app, a dedicated YouTube app and a Maps app powered by Google Maps. It also included basic Phone/contacts, Calendar, Photos, Stocks, Weather, Clock, Calculator, Notes, and Settings apps. However, many features like MMS, apps, and copy and paste were not supported at release, leading hackers jailbreaking their phones to add these features. Software updates from Apple gradually officially added these functions.

A v1.1 update alongside the introduction of the iPod Touch in September 2007 included an iTunes Store app that was the first new app to be added to the system.

iPhone OS 2 was released on July 11, 2008, at the same time as the release of the iPhone 3G, and introduced Apple's App Store supporting native third-party applications, Microsoft Exchange support,[36] push e-mail, and other enhancements.

iPhone OS 3 was released on June 17, 2009 alongside the iPhone 3GS, and introduced copy and paste functionality, Spotlight search for the home screen, and new features for the YouTube app. iPhone OS 3 was available for the original iPhone as well as the iPhone 3G and 3GS. However, not all features of iPhone OS 3 (like MMS in the Messages app) were supported on the original iPhone.

iPhone OS 3.1.3 was the last version of iPhone OS (now iOS) to be released for the original iPhone.


Only four writers were given review models of the original iPhone:[37][38] David Pogue of The New York Times,[39] Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal,[40] Steven Levy of Newsweek,[41] and Ed Baig of USA Today.[42] The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal published positive, but cautious, reviews of the iPhone, their primary criticisms being the relatively slow speed of the AT&T's 2.5G EDGE network and the phone's inability to connect using 3G services. The Wall Street Journal's technology columnist, Walt Mossberg, concluded that "despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer."[43] Time magazine named it the Invention of the Year in 2007.[44]

Mobile Gazette reported that whilst the iPhone has many impressive points, it equally has many bad ones too, noting the lack of 3G, MMS, third-party applications, and its weak camera without autofocus and flash.[45]

Timeline of models[edit]

iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11iPhone XRiPhone XSiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone 6SiPhone 6iPhone SEiPhone 5SiPhone 5CiPhone 5iPhone 4SiPhone 4iPhone 3GSiPhone 3GiPhone (1st generation)
Sources: Apple Newsroom Archive[46]

See also[edit]


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