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The original iPhone was announced on January 9, 2007, 15 years ago today. While many still see Apple’s first smartphone as the dawn of a new technological era, there were many other exciting things happening in the tech world of 2007 – many of which made equally important contributions to gadgets and high tech services that we all value. today.
Let’s take a look at the world as it was in 2007 and all the exciting new tech that happened that year.
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Apple’s iPhone may have been the most talked-about phone in 2007, but it certainly wasn’t the only notable release that year. In fact, it wasn’t even the first touchscreen phone. This distinction belongs to the beautiful LG Prada (photo above).
The original iPhone was far from the best-selling smartphone in 2007, too, shipping “only” 6 million units to debut. For comparison, the Nokia N95, announced in 2006 with its Carl Zeiss 5MP optical camera and 2.6-inch display, sold 10 million units that year. However, both were eclipsed by the Nokia 1200’s colossal 150 million sales in 2007. Note that it only cost £ 30 ($ 40), while Apple sold its first iPhone for $ 499.
Along with Nokia, LG and others, BlackBerry was still a big player at the time. Its share price hit an all-time high of $ 124 per share in October 2007, down from just $ 8.78 at the time of writing. The 2007 BlackBerry Pearl and Curve with QWERTY keyboards were exceptionally well reviewed, but were the watermark before the smartphone revolution left BlackBerry in the dust.
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Amazon is huge today, but it was also quite big in 2007 after it had already launched Amazon prime and started its S3 server activity. 2007 was a big year for the company, however. The original Amazon Kindle arrived on November 19 and clearly turned out to be a winner. Amazon Music also launched on September 25, offering MP3s for download ahead of the days of subscription services. Spotify had been founded at that time, but didn’t launch its invite launch until 2008.
Before leaving the topic of Amazon, Jeff Bezos’ net worth was $ 8.7 billion in 2007 compared to his estimated net worth of $ 195 billion at the end of 2021. That’s more than one 22-fold increase over the past decade and a half.
Having mentioned streaming, did you know Netflix also launched its Internet video on demand service in January 2007? At the time, there were only about 1,000 films to stream, compared to 70,000 titles available from its original DVD rental business. Since then, Netflix subscriptions have fallen from 7.3 million to 203.7 million at the last count in 2020.
Social networks are becoming essential
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Facebook was already fairly well established in 2007, with over 20 million users on the platform that year. It was nothing compared to Myspace, the dominant social platform of the time. Myspace claimed 200 million accounts in September 2007, with more than 10 million in UK only. However, these fortunes would soon be reversed.
Twitter, on the other hand, was brand new to the game. It wasn’t created until April 2007 and still had a small user base. This started to change at the 2007 South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference. Using Twitter triple 20,000 to 60,000 tweets per day. Still not huge, but Twitter hasn’t looked back since. In May 2020, users send more than 500 million tweets per day, or more than 350,000 per minute.
I’ve never used it, but FriendFeed social media aggregator appeared in 2007 to help keep track of the above, Blogger, Flickr, Reddit, Tumblr, and more. My God, there were a lot of sites back then. While Instagram and TikTok didn’t exist, I can’t say we were any less conceited. Facebook bought FriendFeed in 2009 before it closed in 2015.
Other major tech news and trends in 2007
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A bunch of bigger tech stuff happened in 2007, so let’s go over some of the other key things on the list.
Over a billion phones were first sold worldwide in 2007. It is estimated that over 1.5 billion smartphones were sold in 2021. Microsoft released Windows Vista, the most hated version of Windows ever released. The Nintendo Wii has sold more than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 worldwide, proving that the gameplay trumps graphics. Assassin’s Creed, Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, Crysis, Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy, The Witcher, Uncharted, and Valve’s Orange Box were all released in 2007. What an amazing year for gamers. HD DVD was gradually losing the HD format war with Blu-ray. the average internet speed in the United States was only 1.9 Mbps against 99.3 Mbps in 2021. That’s more than 52 times faster today! Google was already the most popular search engine (56%), but 22% of users were still using Yahoo, 8% searched with MSN and 5% with AOL. Today, Google controls about 92% of all global search traffic.
Of course, the arrival of Apple’s iPhone was a big deal in 2007. But looking back, many other equally exciting and important developments happened that year as well. Many of them continue to shape the tech landscape today.
Did we miss anything from our list? Do you have fond technological memories from 15 years ago? Let us know in the comments below.