Oh how time flies. Today marks a momentous anniversary for Apple and its iPhone lineup, and a considerable shift in an entire industry.
Eight years ago, on June 29, 2007, Apple officially launched the iPhone. Leading up to that point, the smartphone industry was dominated by devices that offered physical keyboards and smaller displays, by way of companies like Research In Motion (RIM, now known as BlackBerry), Sony, Motorola and Nokia. That all changed the moment Apple showed off the iPhone with its refined, sleek form factor.
When it launched all those years ago, the iPhone was an exclusive device for the Big Blue carrier AT&T in the United States. It was tied to a two-year contract with a price tag of $599. Apple would eventually drop the price, though, marking it down to $399 on a new, two-year agreement. Compare that to the $199 price tag that most devices get these days, including iPhones. The original iPhone would launch in Ireland, Austria, France, Portugal, Germany, and the United Kingdom in November of the same year.
The iPhone lineup has expanded quite a bit in eight years, with Apple launching 10 models in that time. That includes the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5S, and most recently, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The month of June is going to be another big month for Apple in 2015, too, as Apple enters into another brand new market for the company. On Tuesday, June 30, beginning at 8:00 AM PT on that day, Apple will launch Apple Music, the company’s music streaming service.