Long before Apple announced the iPhone at Macworld in 2007
in San Francisco, the rumor mill was chockablock with reports that Apple working on a device.
But even in the face of hype and expectation, the debut was a smash success.
CNET's Declan McCullagh, who was on hand for the launch
on January 9, 2007, wrote that "the slender device runs Mac OS X -- "a software breakthrough," adding that the use of the full-fledged operating system, was "five years ahead of what's on any other phone."
Consumers got a chance to make up their own minds a month later when the device when it went on sale June 29, 2007.