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Steve Jobs unveiled first iPhone at Macworld on Jan. 9, 2007
The first iPhone unveiling
With Apple set to take the wraps off of the iPhone 5 on Wednesday, here’s a look back at the first such iPhone unveiling, which occurred Jan. 9, 2007 at MacWorld in San Francisco.
In his hands
Steve Jobs cradles the first iPhone from the stage of Macworld.
Presumably demonstrating what’s necessary to use an existing phone, Jobs gestures during his Macworld presentation.
iPhone under glass
One of only three reportedly on hand that day, an original iPhone sits behind glass as Macworld attendees ogle.
The first iPhone as Apple marketing intended it to be seen on Day One.
Steve Jobs shakes hands with Stan Sigman, chief executive officer of Cingular Wireless, after introducing the new iPhone and announcing that Cingular would be its exclusive carrier. By the time the iPhone hit retail stores in June, Cingular had been rebranded AT&T. Sigman retired later that year.
In happier times
Welcoming him onto the Macworld stage, Steve Jobs shakes the hand of then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
New online shop
Here’s what Apple.com’s new iPhone section looked like the day after, courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
The press release
There’s nothing modest about that headline. Of course, it was accurate, too.
The first iPhone launch day was such a big deal that even the TV news networks showed up. The best online coverage, at least based upon my look back, was this live blog by Ryan Block, then editor of Engadget, now co-founder of gdgt.