Apple iPhone Turns 10 Years Old


The first iPhones were sold on June 29th, 2007 – 10 years ago today.

While the iPhone was not the first smartphone, the release sparked a mobile revolution. Things have never quite been the same.

One of the biggest changes has been in the way people consume media and data by putting what is basically a computer in everyone’s pocket. At the beginning of 2010, voice and data traffic consumption were about the same. Seven years later, data is consumed at a rate 4500% higher than voice.

The smartphone proliferation has significantly changed the way we document memories. There will be about 1.2 trillion photos taken in 2017. 85% of those photos will be taken via smartphones. Amazing when you consider just 10 years ago most all photos were taken with cameras.

The iPhone also helped Apple become one of the richest companies in the world. Apple’s 2007 profit was $1.7 billion. The company’s 2017 profit was $45.6 billion.

One of the most interesting facts: chewing gum sales have plummeted since 2007. Why? We’re all looking at our phones instead of grabbing for gum as an impulse purchase.

Watch Steve Jobs announce the first iPhone in this video from MacWorld from January 2007.

More interesting iPhone stats from Recode here.