A history of the iPhone

Six years and six generations later, Apple's smartphone has transformed the way the world interacts with mobile devices. Here's a look at several of its key moments.

The iPhone debuts

iphone original line
  • Year: 2007

Inspired by a multi-touch display Steve Jobs encountered in the early 2000s, the first iPhone made competition like the BlackBerry (BBRY) look downright antediluvian with a striking industrial design that paired mostly aluminum and scratch-resistant glass. But perhaps more innovative was use of touch: no more trackballs or styluses. Instead, users swiped, pinched, and scrolled with their fingers, making for a more immersive experience. Such innovation cost Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) $150 million in initial development costs, according to one insider, a paltry figure given the company has sold well north of 250 million units since.

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