The history of the iPhone line of phones begins long before the original iPhone’s release on the 29th of June 2007; it began with Steve Jobs’ direction that Apple Inc. engineers investigate touchscreens and a tablet computer, which later came to fruition with the iPad.  Also, many have noted the device’s similarities to Apple’s previous touch-screen portable device, theNewton MessagePad. Like the Newton, the iPhone is nearly all screen. Its form factor is credited to Apple’s head of design, Jonathan Ive

Origins

n April 2003 at the “D: All Things Digital” executive conference, Jobs expressed his belief that tablet PCs and traditional PDAs were not good choices as high-demand markets for Apple to enter, despite many requests made to him that Apple create another PDA. He did believe that cell phones were going to become important devices for portable information access, and that what cell phones needed to have was excellent synchronization software. At the time, instead of focusing on a follow-up to their Newton PDA, Jobs had Apple put its energies into the iPod, and the iTunes software (which can be used to synchronize content with iPod devices), released January 2001.On September 7, 2005, Apple and Motorola released the ROKR E1, the first mobile phone to use iTunes. Jobs was unhappy with the ROKR, feeling that having to compromise with a non-Apple designer (Motorola) prevented Apple from designing the phone they wanted to make. In September 2006, Apple discontinued support for the ROKR and released a version of iTunes that included references to an as-yet unknown mobile phone that could display pictures and video.


On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld convention, receiving substantial media attention, and that it would be released later that year. On 29th of June 2007 the first iPhone was released.

On June 11, 2007 announced at the Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference that the iPhone would support third-party applications using the Safari engine on the device. Third-parties would create the Web 2.0 applications and users would access them via the internet. Such applications appeared even before the release of the iPhone; the first being “OneTrip”, a program meant to keep track of the user’s shopping list. On June 29, 2007, Apple released version 7.3 of iTunes to coincide with the release of the iPhone. This release contains support for iPhone service activation and syncing.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone is manufactured on contract in the Shenzhen factory of the Taiwanese company Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn).