8 Things To Know About iPhone On Its 8th Birthday

by Sohini Bagchi    Jun 30, 2015

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“What we want to do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been, and super-easy to use. This is what iPhone is. OK? So, we’re going to reinvent the phone.” - Steve Jobs, 2007.

On June 29, 2007, Apple released the original iPhone with a sleek form factor and revolutionary multi-touch screen. The super device as we all know disrupted an industry then dominated by companies such as Nokia, BlackBerry, Sony and Motorola. The  iPhone was considered so revolutionary that Time Magazine named it Invention of the Year in 2007.

While there are hundreds of things which one can mention about IPhone, we have compiled a few interesting one.

1. Apple’s iPhone wasn’t the first iPhone Before Apple ever released the iPhone, Cisco Systems had originally patented the name. In fact, they sued Apple for calling its smartphone an iPhone. The Cisco iPhone was a VOIP phone that allowed users to call through Skype without having to use a computer. Both companies reached a settlement, and have now happily kept their rights to the name.

2. The iPhone was named Purple. Back when the iPhone was being developed, the codename for the as-yet unnamed phone was “Purple“. iPhone developers even called their section in the Apple headquarters the “Purple Dorm”.

3. There’s a Bono in every iPhone

When you look closely, you’ll see that the Artists icon in your Music app is actually the silhouette of U2 singer Bono.

4. Samsung makes iPhone’s processors

Samsung and Apple may be archrivals in the smartphone arena, but that’s not stopping Apple from contracting Samsung to make its computer chips. They still trash each other’s phones, though.

5 Winning 200 patents

Since the iPhone was released in 2007, Apple has owned more than 200 patents relating to the iPhone’s technology. That’s a lot of patents for one small phone.

6. Steve Jobs Big pranks

In order to show the phone-call capabilities of the first iPhone in 2007 at MacWorld, Steve Jobs decided to make a prank call, using Google Maps to locate the nearest Starbucks, and ordering 4,000 lattes to go before quickly stating in no uncertain terms it was a wrong number. Sadly for Starbucks, Apple fanboys still repeat the prank, because, well, you know…

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7. All Apple Ads Have A Time Of 9.40am

Just like people selling clocks usually have the time set at 10.10 am, it turns out that Apple does something similar on their iPhones. All clocks featured on Apple videos – whether on phones or computers – are set to 9.40am local time, because Apple know that when they release a product, they know that the big reveal comes around 40 minutes into the presentation. So it looks live at the time, the clever clogs.

8. The big deal(s)

From 2007 to 2011, Apple spent $647 million on advertising for the iPhone in the US. And in January 2012, Apple reported its best quarterly earnings ever, with 53% of its revenue coming from the sale of 37 million iPhones, at an average selling price of nearly $660. The following month, ComScore reported approximately 6.4 million iPhones are active in the US alone.

On September 10, 2013, Apple unveiled two new iPhone models during a highly anticipated press event in Cupertino. The iPhone 5C, a mid-range-priced version of the handset that is designed to increase accessibility and iPhone 5S comes in three colors (black, white, and gold) and the home button is replaced with a fingerprint scanner (Touch ID). Both phones shipped on September 20, 2013.

 On September 9, 2014, Apple revealed the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus at an event in Cupertino. Both devices had a larger screen than their predecessor, at 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively.

9 This one for Good Luck… Unnamed sources tell Bloomberg Business Apple has begun production on an iPhone model equipped with Force Touch, the same haptic feedback feature that made its debut this year in the Apple Watch and the company’s new MacBook.