Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs stepped onstage at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco and unveiled a personal computing device that would change how we live, think, and work: the iPhone. In a two-hour presentation, Jobs explained what the iPhone was and its key features. Today, more than 1 billion iPhones have been sold across the globe.
If you weren’t already a diehard Apple fan at the time though, you likely didn’t see that keynote event. Or surround yourself in the media hubbub around its launch. Or grab an iPhone the second it went on sale in 2007. (Being a stereotypical poor college student at the time, I didn’t purchase my own iPhone until after graduating, when the iPhone 4 launched.)
If that’s the case, there’s a good deal of iPhone lore you may not know about, like the five facts below.
1) iPhone prototypes had iPod-like “click wheel” software
Before iOS, there was an iPhone software system codenamed Acorn OS. Similarly to the beloved iPod that came before it, this UI used an on-screen click wheel for navigation on the bottom half of the screen. It didn’t have a web browser, but by using this click wheel, you could tab through phone, messaging, music, and contacts areas of the phone. At some point in the development process, this UI lost out to the iPhone’s full touchscreen capabilities that we’re familiar with today.