Happy Birthday, iPhone!

Jacqui Cheng, in opening her review1 of the original iPhone for Ars Technica:

The iPhone is now out and promises to revolutionize the way we use our phones forever. You don’t have to love it; you don’t even have to like it. You will, however, be witness to a great upheaval in the mobile communications business because of it.

The iPhone is 5 years old today -- the original model launched worldwide on June 29, 2007.

On a personal level, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to remember my life before the iPhone. In fact, not only was the first iPhone my first iPhone, but it was my first Apple product, period. Since then, I’ve gone on to own two more iPhones, two Macs, three iPods, two iPads, and a bunch of white earphones. Suffice it to say, my life, quite literally, is in my pocket. At the risk of sounding cliche, my life has become better (and more distractible) because of the iPhone. Regardless of one’s feelings towards Apple, the impact of the iPhone -- not only on the smartphone market but society at large -- cannot be overstated.

The iPhone was/is a game-changer in the truest sense.

  1. Hat tip to Stephen Hackett for the link.  ↩