The original iPhone was considered a high-end feature phone, not a smartphone

It may seem strange now, but when the iPhone originally launched (10 years today, as if you didn’t already know by now), it wasn’t viewed as a smartphone in some quarters because of restrictions placed on the device by Apple. Wireless industry analyst firm ABI Research’s definition of a smartphone was “a cellular handset using an open, commercial operating system that supports third-party applications”, but Apple at that time was blocking third-party apps from the iPhone. SEE ALSO: This is what people thought about the first iPhone In an interview with Newsweek’s Steven Levy, Apple CEO Steve Jobs explained the… [Continue Reading]