We all first met the original iPhone 10 years ago when Steve Jobs took the stage at Macworld Expo. He called the device "revolutionary and magical" -- sure, he had a vested interest in the thing, but it really was quite a gadget for its time.
The Macworld Expo appearance was just the prelude. The iPhone didn't go on sale for almost six months. When it arrived in late June, here's how the CNET review summed it up: "Despite some important missing features, a slow data network, and call quality that doesn't always deliver, the Apple iPhone sets a new benchmark for an integrated cell phone and MP3 player."
When CNET's Scott Stein dug his 2007 iPhone out of storage, it was sticker-covered and missing a few pixels. But 10 years later, it still turns on, and it still (mostly) works. He couldn't get it to accept a SIM card, so it was a Wi-Fi-only affair. But spending a few days with the original iPhone made him realize just how different that early phone world was -- and how much current tech we take for granted.
The original iPhone needed to plug into a Mac to update software or transfer music or back up data. It didn't sync information to iCloud -- or "Mobile Me," as its precursor was called. It wasn't independent. It was a wireless, phone-connected iPod.