Happy Birthday, iPhone!

iPhone 2G
One of my original iPhone 2G devices

The iPhone Turns 6 Today!

It was six years ago today that Steve Jobs announced “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.”

The original iPhone was announced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007 after months of the standard Apple rumors and speculation. Click here for a video of Steve Jobs announcing the iPhone at Macworld six years ago.

The iPhone didn’t reach stores for another six months, hitting the streets here in the U.S. on June 29, 2007. I didn’t get mine until about a year later, right after the iPhone 3G was announced in June of 2008. Until then, I was devout a two device BlackBerry and Palm guy.

The original iPhone 2G came with a 2MP camera. It was a fixed focus camera with fairly poor light sensitivity by today’s standards. Although the images were often muddy making Dynamic Range Correction apps like Perfectly Clear a necessity, it still created brighter, more vibrant color images than many other mobile phones of the time. To me, the original iPhone 2G camera had unique color and tonal qualities — almost a digital lo-fi like a Holga, Diana or other LOMO camera and it’s how Life In LoFi got its name. It’s because of the 2G’s camera that I started this blog. In many ways, it was a life changer.

I still have one of our original iPhone 2G devices. It still works great even though I haven’t used it as a phone in years. I can still shoot with some classic photo apps including Polarize. Hipstamatic plus the 2G’s noise, low ISO and relatively small dynamic range creates some outstanding digital lo-fi photos that have yet to be duplicated with any subsequent iPhone.

Smartphones would have eventually changed photography no matter what. If you had one, it was a camera that was always with you (trust me… always). I also think the opening of the App Store and the success of early photo apps — allowing users to not only tweak and correct photos but to quickly and easily add a number of effects drastically — changed not only that we shoot, but how we expect it to look.

Before my original iPhone, I shot mostly with a Fuji FinePix DSLR. Since getting my first iPhone and especially with the subsequent improvements in the iPhone camera over the years, I shoot pretty much exclusively with my iPhone 5 now.

Thanks, Steve, for changing the world again. Happy Birthday, iPhone.


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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Jaime Ferreyros

    Got my 3GS in 2009 and still going strong.

    • David Dickson

      My 3GS from 2009 is still going strong as well, but is now an ipod since I switched to a Samsung Note 2 last week. The iPhone has been an amazing device for me and I still love it, but I rarely used it as a phone (mostly a reader) and at 63 years old my eyes needed something bigger.

  • cannot wait til the end of February so i can upgrade to the 5 .. with my luck (i traded in my 3 for a 4 and a few weeks later they came out with the 4S) they’ll release a 5S or a 6 right after i get my 5 …