iPhone celebrates 10th anniversary

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The iPhone has come a long way since Steve Jobs and Apple first released it for sale in the United States on June 29, 2007.

Back then, as the first smartphone designed to be essentially a pocket-sized computer, it was a cultural game-changer.

Today, on the 10th anniversary of the first-generation iPhone release, the revolutionary product has evolved into a modern staple of technology.

It has inspired countless other tech companies to try to one-up Apple and surpass the phone that’s seen in the hands of everyone from kindergartners to octogenarians.Many people glance at their iPhone dozens of times a day, and few can’t leave home without it.

The iPhone was the first smartphone to have everything from a basic calculator and a flashlight to an alarm clock and a compass, and every updated model seems to add a few more items that we used to keep in our homes, toolboxes or wallets.

With today’s iPhone, a camera, a stopwatch, a travel-sized mirror, a carpenter’s level and even a guitar tuner can all conveniently fit into your pocket.

“The iPhone definitely changed the way we think of phones in general,” said Carey Manzolillo, associate director of communications at Alvernia University. “There are a number of reasons the iPhone has been successful. Two that stand out to me include its unprecedented intuitive nature and the incredibly wide range of applications.”

Ten years ago, that intuitive nature inspired James Weber of Fleetwood, now 36, to wait in line to purchase the first-generation iPhone. Since then, Weber has only waited in line to buy one other Apple product (the iPad 2) on its release date, but he said the advanced technology made his 2007 wait worth it.

Weber was pictured with a Reading Eagle story June 30, 2007, posing with his new iPhone 2G outside the AT&T store in Broadcasting Square Shopping Center in Spring Township. In that story, he referred to the new gadget as “the Ferrari of technology,” a comment that friends still kid him about.

Today, Weber continues to keep up to date with Apple products and now has an iPhone 7.While the iPhone was groundbreaking, Manzolillo said that not all of its effects have been positive, including increased dependence on technology and effects on interpersonal relationships.

“For many people, the ability to be constantly connected often comes with the expectation of being constantly connected, both professionally and personally,” she said.With more than 2.2 million downloadable applications available on Apple’s App Store, the iPhone’s versatility has revolutionized the way people communicate and how they relate to technology.

To date, Apple has released 15 versions of the iPhone, and many have speculated that the product’s 10-year anniversary will be marked by a groundbreaking redesign. Rumors have circulated that what is being called the “iPhone X” may include features such as a larger and possibly curved screen with a built-in fingerprint scanner, thinner bezels on the front and two vertically stacked camera lenses on the back, according to digitaltrends.com.

Currently, Apple has not released much information on the prospective iPhone, but after a decade of innovation, Apple devotees are expectantly waiting for more.

10 things to know about the iPhone

1. Steve Jobs turns a tablet idea into the iPhone

According to Scott Forstall, Apple’s former iOS chief, the iPhone’s creation began when CEO Steve Jobs decided Apple needed to create a tablet better than the one Microsoft was making. That tablet eventually became the iPhone, and Jobs lived to see the device and the iPad become successful before his death in 2011.

2. iPhone sales

Since releasing the smartphone in June 2007, Apple has sold more than 1 billion devices.

4. Smartphone milestones

Sept. 9, 2007: 74 days after its release, the 1 millionth iPhone is sold.

July 10, 2008: The App Store first opens its virtual doors.

September 2008: The HTC Dream becomes the first smartphone to use the Android operating system.

June 29, 2009: Samsung enters the Android smartphone market with release of the original Samsung Galaxy.

Nov. 4, 2009: Apple announces that there are more than 100,000 apps in the App Store.

June 6, 2011: iCloud is introduced.

Oct. 12, 2011: iOS 5 is introduced with iMessage.

Sept. 19, 2012: iOS 6 gets iPhone users away from paper maps with the new Maps app.

Sept. 18, 2013: Apple updates its color palates and typography with iOS 7.

July 2016: Apple CEO Tim Cook announces that the company has sold its 1 billionth iPhone.

Sept. 13, 2016: iOS 10 is released.

5. Collectors alert

The most valuable items for any collector are bound to be the oldest, the rarest and the most well-preserved, and iPhones are no exception.

A 4GB, sealed-in-box iPhone 2G can sell for up to $1,975 on eBay. It is the rarest and therefore most-collectible iPhone ever mass manufactured (although custom-designed and limited edition iPhones can be worth thousands). But there’s another rare iPhone-related item: the commemorative black paper gift bag. Customers who stood in line to get the original iPhone have sold their sealed phones and the bag they received it in for as much as $10,500 — about 20 times what they paid for the phone originally. Even if you took your iPhone 2G out of the box and used it, you can still sell it for several hundred dollars, especially if you kept the original box and accessories. Of course, the less wear and tear it has, the more value it has.

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