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The iPhone at 10

As you undoubtedly were made very well aware, yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the unveiling
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The iPhone at 10
By M.G. Siegler • Issue #35 • View online
As you undoubtedly were made very well aware, yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the unveiling of the iPhone. It’s both crazy in that 10 years feels like a long time ago given all that has changed, but also in that it doesn’t feel like that long ago in the grand scheme of things. But it’s impossible to overstate how important the product would prove to be.
10 years ago, I was working in the tech industry (as a front-end web developer), but didn’t yet live in the Bay Area. As such, I wasn’t at the Macworld unveiling. Instead, recognizing the likely significance of the event (the still-mythical iPhone had been rumored for months at this point, but details were scant), I took the day off of work to “watch” the event in real-time via live blogs (live streaming wasn’t the norm in those days). 
And I actually posted some of my own thoughts in real-time, as things were announced – yes, a live-blog of the live blogs! My favorite bit: “the widescreen iPod, iPhone, and iChat Mobile are all the same device?! awesome. awesome.” I was worried about the price, but thought the announcement was, “to put it lightly…huge.”
Funny to look back on it now – here was Apple’s original press release (via Harry McCracken). Here’s the one commemorating 10 years. And I actually saved an image of Apple’s website that day (below). And here’s how the web itself reacted that day.

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