Apple iPhone Event Timeline

  • iPhone Announced

    iPhone Announced
    iPhone announced by Steve Jobs at Macworld Expo SF 2007. Despite strong beforehand knowledge of the announcement, Apple's stock (AAPL) opens at $86.45 that day and closes at $92.57 in the afternoon. The next day it closes at $97.
  • Purchased by Apple Purchased by Apple
    The domain is purchased by Apple from Michael Kovatch, the original owner since 1995. The purchase sum is undisclosed, but expected to be over $1M.
  • iPhone Web App Support Announced

    Steve Jobs announces at WWDC07 that the iPhone would support third-party applications using the Safari WebKit engine. Third-parties would create "Web Apps" and users would access them via the internet.
  • iPhone Released (4GB/8GB)

    iPhone Released (4GB/8GB)
    Original iPhone EDGE release at 4GB for $499 and 8GB for $599.
  • iPhone Jailbroken

    iPhone Jailbroken
    Jon Lech Johansen (DVD Jon) reported on his blog in a post titled "iPhone Independence Day" that he had successfully unlocked the iPhone features with jailbreaking. He published the software and offsets for others to use.
  • iPhone Firmware 1.0.1

  • Turbo SIM Hardware Unlock

    Turbo SIM Hardware Unlock
    The first verfied unlocking method is released. It requires an $80 Turbo SIM adapter and tricks the iPhone into thinking its still on the AT&T network using non-AT&T SIM cards.
  • iPhone Firmware 1.0.2

    iPhone Firmware 1.0.2
    Bug fixes.
  • George Hotz Software iPhone Unlock

    George Hotz Software iPhone Unlock
    George Hotz, a 17-year old hacker from New Jersey, unlocks the iPhone after spending 500 hours of effort in conjunction with four other hackers worldwide. He blogs his method, which involves opening the iPhone and executing commands from a computer. The complexity keeps many away from unlocking.
  • 8GB iPhone Price Drop

    8GB iPhone Price Drop
    The 8GB iPhone recieves a price drop from $599 to $399.
  • 4GB iPhone Discontinued

    The 4GB iPhone model was discontinued due to widespread consumer concentration on the 8GB model. Stock was reduced at a discounted price of $299.
  • Early-Adopter $100 Rebate Announced

    Early-Adopter $100 Rebate Announced
    "We have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store." - Steve Jobs
  • iPhoneDevTeam Free Software Unlock

    The iPhoneDevTeam releases a relatively simple software SIM unlock to the world for free. AnySim and iUnlock Reloaded are GUI implimentations of this unlock method.
  • anySIM Unlock Released

    anySIM Unlock Released
    anySIM, the gold standard of iPhone unlocking software, is released. It is a GUI front end to the iPhoneDevTeam's unlocking efforts.
  • iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 (iTunes Store)

    iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 (iTunes Store)
    iPhone 1.1.1 is released along with the iPhone iTunes Store.
  • iPhone SDK Announced

    iPhone SDK Announced
    For release in Februry, but delayed until March 6th.
  • iPhone European Launch

    iPhone European Launch
    iPhone was officially launched in Europe in the United Kingdom (O2) and Germany (T-Mobile).
  • iPhone Firmware 1.1.2

    Apple releases iPhone Firmware 1.1.2 that closes a security hole that allowed viewed TIFF images in Safari to execute arbitrary code. This breaks the TIFF-exploit jailbreak method.
  • iPhone firmware 1.1.3

  • 16GB iPhone Released

    16GB iPhone Released
    The 16GB iPhone is released in the US at $499.
  • iPhone Firmware 1.1.4

    iPhone Firmware 1.1.4
  • iPhone SDK, 2.0, Enterprise Announced

    iPhone SDK, 2.0, Enterprise Announced
    Steve Jobs announces availability of the iPhone SDK along with outling the forthcoming Firmware 1.2.0 (aka "iPhone 2.0") and enterprise support via Microsoft Exchange.
  • iPhone 3G Announced

    iPhone 3G Announced
    Steve Jobs announces iPhone 3G during WWDC 2008.
  • iPhone 3G 8GB/16GB Released

    iPhone 3G 8GB/16GB Released
    The iPhone 3G is released in $199 8GB (black) and $299 16GB (black, white) models.
  • First iPhone 3G hardware SIM unlock

    Just four days after its launch, the iPhone 3G was unlocked for the first time exactly like the original iPhone: using a special card that piggybacks to the SIM card, fooling the phone into thinking it's using an official carrier.