With smartphones so embedded in our culture, it’s easy to forget that Apple’s iPhone turns 10 this week! Read on for some smartphone facts you might not already know…
Creating a game-changer
In 2007, just 10 years ago, Apple launched the iPhone and co-founder Steve Jobs (1955-2011) revolutionised the way we use mobile phones.
Jobs and his team came up with the idea of combining a touch-screen with a computer – essentially creating a hand-held computer without a physical keyboard or mouse.
The original iPhone was a very different model to the ones we know today; it couldn’t record videos, had no flash and lacked fully fledged apps.
It did however, change the smartphone market forever, evolving into one of the most successful product lines in the world.
We’ve pulled together a few smartphone facts to celebrate the iPhone’s birthday:
1) Everyone’s a photographer
Thanks to the iPhone (and subsequent smartphones), we all have access to great, pocket-sized cameras.
Add this to the increasing popularity of social media and you can see that photography has become a key part of everyday life.
2) Less chewing, more texting
According to research conducted by Euromonitor International, smartphones are responsible for declining chewing gum sales.
How, you ask?
Consumers waiting in supermarket checkout lines are surrounded by ‘impulse buys’ like chewing gum. However thanks to gadgets like the iPhone, many of us are opting to get our phones out, rather than look around at sweets and chewing gum while we’re queuing.
3) Fitting the Internet in your pocket
This one’s pretty self-explanatory.
Thanks to smartphones, we can have access to the Internet wherever we go, without having to lug around a huge desktop computer.
The iPhone has had a massive effect on our lives when it comes to apps, videos, online shopping – you name it. Mobile Internet traffic has gone from strength to strength over a fairly short space of time.
4) In iPhone-Land, you never need to ask what time it is
The time on iPhone ads is always 09:41. This refers to the time that Steve Jobs announced the device.
Jobs timed his initial presentation to ensure that the time on the iPhone screen matched real time on the audience’s watches.
Yep, pretty meticulous!
5) Want to know Apple’s favourite musician?
Did you know that the music icon once used for iPhone products is in fact the silhouette of U2 frontman Bono?
Of course there was also that time when all iPhone users (controversially) received a U2 album automatically…
Do you have any more iPhone facts for us? Comment below or tweet us if you do!
The Boomerang Team