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Apple’s iPhone Turns 4: How The iPhone Changed The Mobile Industry

Four years ago, Apple released its first iPhone. If you have been following the tech industry at that time, then you will know just how much hype the first iPhone has generated. It was actually quite impressive. Back then, the iPod was the most popular product of Apple in their hands. But when the iPhone was announced both the media and the consumers was very much hyped about Apple's venture into the mobile phone industry.

Original iPhone
Others hailed it to be the "second-coming" of mobile devices, while others was quickly turned off by its relatively ridiculously high price tag. Many doubted the potential of the iPhone for reasons such as the said high price tag, being locked to a carrier and the lack of 3rd party applications. It was thought to be good phone that will sell well but most doubted that it will change the mobile phone industry.

As you all know now, the iPhone has not only changed the mobile industry but it has also established Apple as the company to beat. The iPhone simply took Apple into an entirely different direction but it lead to great success. The folks at Mashable created this excellent infographic that depicts the most important milestones of the iPhone:
iPhone's 4th Anniversary

The Key Points to the iPhone's Milestones:

  • Only after 3 days after the App Store was launched, there was already a staggering 10 million downloads.  And as of June 6, 2011, there are now 14,000,000,000 (yes that's 9 zeros) total downloads and it continue to grows as of this writing.
  • The iPhone 1 was initially priced at $599 for the 8GB model and $499 for the 4GB model. Despite its price, it sold about 270,000 units for the first 30 hours.
  • Since the first release of iPhone in 2007, Apple's stocks had tripled.
  • As of May 2011, there are now 500,000 approved apps in the App Store with about 37% of them being free of charge. The total average price of apps in the App Store is $3.64.
  • In the year 2010, the App Store has generated $1.8 billion in revenue.
  • The iPhone was not capable of 3G until one year after it was introduced.

The original iPhone was criticized due to the lack of basic smartphone feature like 3G capabilities but there are many who are willing to overlook that because of the revolutionary multi-touch interface that it introduced. By the time it was launched it was met with great excitement from both the critics and consumers. The first iPhone was at first exclusively available in the US only but later that year it arrived in the UK and France. Almost after 1 year since it was launched, along with its new 3G version, the iPhone was introduced globally in countries like Spain, Australia and Mexico.

As for Apple's mobile operating system, the iOS, nothing much has changed in terms of the design of its user interface but over the years, under the hood it had gone through many different changes. Some of the major updates that was added to improve user experience includes the ability to multi-task, cut-and-paste function and better business tools. The original iPhone can run up to iOS 3 although not all of the features of the operating system can be utilized. And due to hardware constraints the iPhone 4 was not supported for the iOS 4 software upgrade.

It is safe to assume that the iPhone is what made Apple to be significant part of the world's mobile industry. It took the world by storm and it doesn't look like it will stop anytime soon. With the iPhone 5 just around the corner together with the release of the iOS 5, will Apple be able to stay at the top of its game?

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