On this day ten years ago Steve Jobs took the stage and revealed the cell phone that would quite literally change everything about mobile devices. Originally mocked as a $500 phone, Apple's iPhone totally redefined what a smart phone even was. Prior to waiting in line to buy mine, I had a variety of different wacky Windows smartphones and a few different Palm Treos, and it's hard to really describe just how magical the first time you did the "Slide to Unlock" gesture on the iPhone compared to everything you've used before. All of the things that made the iPhone so revolutionary just seem obvious now, but it's hard to overstate just how crazy watching this keynote was back in 2007:

What feels like an even bigger blast from the past is Apple's web site on this same day, which (maybe because of the Aqua header bar) seems like it's way older than the iPhone reveal presentation itself:

Over the years, the iPhone has seen incredible improvements, as detailed by our sister-site MacRumors:

• 2008: App Store and 3G network support
• 2009: Video recording and Personal Hotspot
• 2010: Retina display
• 2011: Siri and iCloud
• 2012: Taller 4-inch screen, Lightning connector, and LTE
• 2013: Touch ID
• 2014: Larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens
• 2015: 3D Touch, Live Photos, and 4K video recording
• 2016: Waterproofing and dual-lens camera on iPhone 7 Plus

The rumor mill is still going strong that we'll see a special 10th anniversary edition iPhone this year, which seems reasonable, but, who knows. If nothing else, "The 10th Anniversary iPhone" sounds a hell of a lot cooler than the iPhone 7s. Either way, it has been an incredible decade, and it's hard to overstate the historical importance of the announcement of the original iPhone.

  • speedyph

    The real ? Is when did toucharcade come cuz I wasn't around in 07 I was still messing around with windows phones lls

  • NaeemTHM

    > 2014: Larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens

    Larger phones were certainly welcome, but I would say the killer feature of the 2014 iPhone's was Apple Pay.

  • Montanx HS

    I spent years thinking my blackberry storm was better than iPhone. My first was the 4S, took me 5 seconds to see the errors of my ways.

    • dancj

      I loved my Palm Treos and my HTC Tytn II. For my needs, they were better than the original iPhone, if only because I could load apps onto them. It was the App Store that made the difference.

  • Nathan Reinauer

    Did a double take while scrolling down the front page.

    "Apple revealed the iPhone 10"

    "Years Ago Today"

    • Tallgeese

      Totally did that too, especially because of the spacing the app gives the featured article's headline.

  • saansilt

    What was the first iPhone game by the way?

    • Timmy2x

      "Lights Off" (quick google search)

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    Mocked by Ballmer as I recall, who used a far MORE expensive Nokia as his example of a real smartphone...

  • HelperMonkey

    That thing doesn't even flip open or have a keypad!
    Hahaha! Ridiculous!
    What I really need is to be able to place calls from my Walkman. (If only I were an inventor... I'd be so rich.)

  • sweiss

    Can't believe it's only been 10 years

  • BOWB4ZOD

    They changed to the lighting connector 5 years ago?!? Wow! They had the 30 pin connector for 5 years... Maybe USB-C this year seeing it been 5 years with lighting.

    • Steuph

      9 years. The connector was first used on the 3rd generation iPod in 2003.

  • Heinz da Baron Krauss von Espy

    iphone may still be the best phone around, but apple is running out of creative steam fast. tim cook is contributing to this innovative decline in apple, by turning it into a "real" company that is all business with little tolerance for good ideas anymore. steve job should be turning in his grave, or rather, have a few mummified bones to pick with tim.

  • sakuraarts

    I want an iphone with these features

    - everything nokia has especially indestructibility
    - water proof

    Thats is all