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Ten Years: Future of smartphone technology is unlimited

Ten Years: Future of smartphone technology is unlimited

January 9th, 2017 by Gazette Staff in Opinion Editorial

It's hard to believe it's only been 10 years.

Just a decade since the late Apple chief Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the public at the Macworld 2007 convention in San Francisco.

The smartphone wouldn't go on sale until June, but the January unveiling built demand in the months to follow. That first generation iPhone was a big hit. Following the U.S. rollout the phone went on sale in the UK, France and Germany that fall. By July of the 2008 it was available in 22 countries.

The rest, as they say, is history. There have been a lot of changes and innovations over the past 10 years. The most recent incarnation—the iPhone 7—was released in September.

The iPhone wasn't the first smartphone—that honor belongs to BellSouth, which released a phone with a personal digital assistant component in 1994. Nor was it the first popular smartphone. Earlier hits included the Palm and the Blackberry, which attracted a user base so devoted that it was nicknamed the "Crackberry."

But Apple's creation changed the game. It spurred a lot innovators and imitators and many companies sought to offer a better smartphone and user experience. Whether they succeeded or not is up to each individual user. But the iPhone has remained a top seller—currently second to Android around the world. Users can download more than 2 million apps for the phone and every new development is watched closely by competitors. No one can say what the future holds for smartphones or Apple. It's only been 10 years after all since Steve Jobs' dream became reality.

There are a lot of dreamers out there. And a lot of work being done behind the scenes. No doubt what amazed the world 10 years ago today is nothing compared to what's just around the corner.

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