In Pictures: A look back at the first iPhone debut day

Steve Jobs unveiled first iPhone at Macworld on Jan. 9, 2007

  • The first iPhone unveiling With Apple set to take the wraps off of the iPhone 5 on Wednesday, here’s a look back at the first such iPhone unveiling, which occurred Jan. 9, 2007 at MacWorld in San Francisco.

  • In his hands Steve Jobs cradles the first iPhone from the stage of Macworld.

  • Contortionist Steve Presumably demonstrating what’s necessary to use an existing phone, Jobs gestures during his Macworld presentation.

  • iPhone under glass One of only three reportedly on hand that day, an original iPhone sits behind glass as Macworld attendees ogle.

  • Publicity photo The first iPhone as Apple marketing intended it to be seen on Day One.

  • Remember Cingular? Steve Jobs shakes hands with Stan Sigman, chief executive officer of Cingular Wireless, after introducing the new iPhone and announcing that Cingular would be its exclusive carrier. By the time the iPhone hit retail stores in June, Cingular had been rebranded AT&T. Sigman retired later that year.

  • In happier times Welcoming him onto the Macworld stage, Steve Jobs shakes the hand of then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

  • New online shop Here’s what’s new iPhone section looked like the day after, courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

  • The press release There’s nothing modest about that headline. Of course, it was accurate, too.

  • Press coverage The first iPhone launch day was such a big deal that even the TV news networks showed up. The best online coverage, at least based upon my look back, was this live blog by Ryan Block, then editor of Engadget, now co-founder of gdgt.

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