“Every once in a while a product comes along that changes everything”. We all know Steve Jobs gave us that line when launching the, then outrageous, iPhone. This year, the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone ever released is celebrated and the world is expecting a great new phone. Much due to that event, people expect a great anniversary edition. But how much of an icon really is the iPhone?

Ben Lovejoy from 9to5 Mac described today how the iPhone stacks up against other iconic products we’ve had over the years (not all tech products), and how long it took to reach its peak in popularity and income. What is interesting to see is how much of a hit the iPhone is and was back then. Let’s rewind our time machine back to 2007 and we’ll see that Nokia reigned supreme with their N95, which I had and was really great, as well as Blackberry’s Bold, plastic keyboards were the standard (hey, Blackberry Key One fans), and phones were starting to develop some initial interfaces to interact with the ‘internet’ of the time.

Let’s rewind our time machine back to 2007 and we’ll see that Nokia reigned supreme with their N95, which I had and was really great, as well as Blackberry’s Bold. Plastic keyboards were the standard (hey, Blackberry Key One fans), and phones were starting to develop some initial interfaces to interact with the ‘internet’ of the time.

The iPhone came in and changed everything. A Mac-like interface on a phone! How super was having a real UI built into a phone? And that followed and competitors had to step up to give the public another option to Apple’s iOS. Google launched their Android version, and later on, Samsung started to rival with pretty good phones and the rest of the story we all know.

Credit: The Wall Street Journal

So let’s take a look and see what the iPhone really meant as far as how iconic it really is when compared to products like The Barbie Doll, Zippo Lighter, Toyota Corolla, Rubik’s Cube, Sony PlayStation, Sony Walkman, Nintendo Gameboy and DS.

Today the iPhone is a standard all others follow, and we’re here in the month of June when the original and first iPhone was released 10 years ago. Time to celebrate the gadget that initiated a revolution in our tech world!

Did you get a chance to own the first iPhone? What enhancement/feature do you think is the greatest the iPhone had over these years?

Leave a comment down below and let us know!


Author Bio: Ari Rando is a tech enthusiast ever since owned the Ericson T28 in 2000. iOS user since 2008, Mac OS user and Android frequent adventurous! Follow him on Twitter: @AARHDREAL