When Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone, he said it was five years ahead of its time. I wouldn’t go that far, but it was revolutionary. For the first time, phone shoppers could enjoy an intuitive multitouch experience and get a phone, widescreen iPod and fantastic browsing experience (at least over Wi-Fi) in a single device.
So many innovations were crammed inside the iPhone that we take for granted today, from swiping through photos and pinching to zoom on websites to an accelerometer that automatically changes the display’s orientation. The iPhone wasn’t the first smartphone by any stretch, but it completely redefined the category.