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Seven years ago today, on January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to introduce the first iPhone, writes C/Net’s Dan Farber.


“Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” Jobs proclaimed:

This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years. Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. And Apple has been — well, first of all, one’s very fortunate if you get to work on just one of these in your career. Apple’s been very fortunate. It’s been able to introduce a few of these into the world. 1984, introduced the Macintosh.

It didn’t just change Apple. It changed the whole computer industry.

In 2001, we introduced the first iPod, and it didn’t just change the way we all listen to music, it changed the entire music industry. Well, today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products of this class. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device. So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls; a revolutionary mobile phone; and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator.

An iPod, a phone … are you getting it? These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone.

Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone, and here it is.

The first iPhone featured 2G data speeds using GPRS and EDGE, and was available only through AT&T wireless. The App Store opened on July 10, 2008 so apps could be downloaded directly to an iOS device. It started another revolution.

The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010; with the most recent iPad models, the iPad Air and second generation iPad Mini, revealed on October 22, 2013.

4G LTE will account for 50% of US wireless connections by end of 2014 with 190 million connections by the end of this year, according to Strategy Analytics.

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