iPhone’s first chapter – a timely update
(Here’s an updated chronology. This first posted June 9)
January 9 – Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs unveils iPhone in the tech industry’s most anticipated new product introduction of the decade.
July 25 – After big build-up, first weekend sales figures reports disappoint investors. Apple and AT&T sold 270,000 iPhones in first 30 hours; but customers only activate 146,000 of the devices due to initial AT&T service problems.
Sept 5 – Apple cuts price on iPhone with eight gigabytes of storage to $399 from $599. Discontinues sales of four-gigabyte version. Also introduces iPod Touch, an iPhone without the phone, with Wi-Fi connections.
Sept 10 – One millionth iPhone sold 74 days after launch.
Sept 24 – Apple warns users against unlocking iPhones to work with network carriers other than Apple’s exclusive U.S. partner, AT&T.
Dec 31 – Apple sold 3.7 million iPhones in its first six months on sale.
Feb 5 – Apple introduces 16-gigabyte iPhone for $499.
March 6 – Apple says its plans to enable corporate e-mail on iPhones, pitting it against business e-mail market leader Research in Motion and its Blackberry line of devices. Apple offers tools for independent developers to build iPhone software.
March 31 – Apple has sold 5.4 million iPhone units to date. Apple ranks as world’s third largest maker of smartphones, with 5.3 percent versus mobile phone giant Nokia’s 45.2 percent and Blackberry-maker Research in Motion’s 13.4 percent, market researcher Gartner Inc says.
April 23 – Apple CFO reaffirms the company’s original mid-2007 goal of selling 10 million iPhone units by the end of 2008.
June 9 – Apple unveils 3G iPhone, with faster Web links than its predecessor and the ability to support third-party applications such as games and email. The eight-gigabyte 3G iPhone is priced at $199, while the 16-gigabyte phone is priced at $299.