We tested the 2007 iPhone, but in 2022

On June 29, 2007, Apple entered the mobile phone market. The iPhone, announced six months ago, is about to change the way we communicate. 15 years later, we enjoyed replacing our iPhone 13 with an iPhone 1.

2007 was fifteen years ago. Our youngest readers may not remember the time before the iPhone, when phones were just for calling. The first smartphones, even if they were named after them, were less smart devices. Forget social networks, photos, video calls, web browsing or video games… The iPhone, whether you like Apple or not, has swept the whole world into a new era. Right hyper connectivity.

On June 29, 2022, the iPhone celebrated its 15th anniversaryth candle. On the same day in 2007, Apple sold its smartphone with a “large touch screen” in North America (it arrived in France in November in Europe). Since then, the Californian brand launches a new version of its flagship smartphone every year. The innovation of the year in time, one of the greatest achievements in history today, the iPhone has grown a lot and been enriched with (very) many functions over time, to the point that it has become useless. the many other devices we have used in the past.

To celebrate the iPhone’s 15th anniversary, Numerama had the idea of ​​pulling the very first iPhone out of its drawer. Fifteen years later, one that, to our great surprise, is still burning, takes a little time. Within 24 hours, we replaced our iPhone 13 Pro Max with an iPhone, also known as iPhone v1, iPhone 2G or iPhone EDGE. Everything is presented to you in Returnyour new video meeting at Numerama, dedicated to the history of technology products:

The iPhone changes everything, here’s the story of it

On January 9, 2007, Apple held a major press conference in San Francisco. During this historic event, whose replay on YouTube continues to attract new viewers each year, Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone. What is presented at the time as the unification between “a phone, an iPod touch and a revolutionary way to browse the Internet” quickly traveled around the world. We wonder if Apple will be able to succeed in its bet or if its iPhone is just an unfulfilled promise, set to disappoint in a market as competitive as mobile telephony. Many did not believe for a second of the brand’s success and imagined Apple collapsing against BlackBerry and Nokia, the giants of the time.

Six months later, the release of the iPhone shocked everyone, including Apple. On June 29, there were several people in front of the Apple Store and AT&T stores in America (Apple chose one partner operator per country, to better manage sales of the device). The iPhone has been a huge success and has proven to the world that the product presented by Steve Jobs is not just a prototype. This is the beginning of a great story, which has led to many technological revolutions. In November 2007, the iPhone arrived in France (in partnership with Orange). Once again, success is there.

Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone on January 9, 2007 // Source: Getting to YouTube

In 2008 with the App Store, Apple created a new economy. Millions of applications have appeared and enabled many companies to emerge, including behemoths (social networks, streaming services, video game giants, etc.). Gradually, the iPhone became a real camera, replaced the car’s GPS, turned off the iPod, became a wallet, became possible to discover video games and became an awesome do-it-all machine. The smartphone has become the center of our lives. This would not be possible without the first of them, the iPhone.

Of course, Apple didn’t do it alone. The iPhone is followed by many competitors who, in turn, have made this change in the digital age happen. First by making smartphones cheaper, then by changing some aspects first (Samsung has the idea of ​​large screens, Google’s notification center, etc.). In the end, the war between iOS (formerly iPhone OS) and Android is meaningless. Without competition, technology can progress slowly.

Messages on iPhone 1 2G EDGE V1
The first iPhone’s Messages app was just for texting, not even MMS. // Source: Numeroma

15 years later, the 2007 iPhone is no longer a smartphone

Every year since 2007, Apple has announced a new generation of the iPhone. There have been many major achievements, such as the advent of GPS and 3G in 2008, FaceTime and Apple Silicon chips in 2010, Siri and iMessage in 2011, 4G in 2012, footprint recognition in 2013, giants screen and contactless payment in 2014, waterproofing in 2016, edge-to-edge in 2017 or 5G in 2020. iPhones are gradually becoming digital Swiss army knives, truly capable of replacing all the appliances in your house.

Photo on iPhone 1 2G EDGE V1
Two problems are described here: the screen lacks light, the camera is not good. // Source: Numeroma

As a result, the 2007 iPhone will look much slower next to all. Although more attractive and pleasant to hold, the very first iPhone didn’t know how to do much, had a poor quality screen, took horrible photos and, most of all, was almost unusable. in 2022 (the fault of a non -existent 2G network and applications that have all become incompatible). The first (true) smartphone in history didn’t have much “smart” left, at least for modern necessities. Our experience has allowed us to realize one thing: brands haven’t slept in 15 years that one can easily imagine. Big innovations are so regular and never stop changing our daily lives.

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