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15 years of iPhone put Apple into business


When he laughed at the arrival of the first iPhone, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made it clear he thought Apple had no chance of success.

Things have changed a lot since Apple introduced iPhone in January 2007.

The product that changed everything

At the time, Apple was an iPod company that made also-ran, underpowered PowerPC Macs, too. Today, it’s the iPhone manufacturer whose iPad devoured the netbook ‘industry’ and whose entry-level Macs with their custom silicon deliver low-energy computational performance that competes with the best PCs.

Today, we see declining PC sales, accelerating Mac sales — and Microsoft with no serious position in mobile.

“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said at the time.

Ballmer, history shows, laughed in response.

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