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The scene at every iPhone release to date, in photos

Mashable 17 Oct 2020 10:31

"Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything."

With those words, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world in 2007. And in the nearly 14 years since, he's been proven right

iPhone releases have occurred every year since 2007, though – especially in this year of the coronavirus pandemic – they don't quite look the same as they used to. A highly produced Tim Cook basking in the futuristic beauty of the Apple Campus has replaced the pacing and electric Steve Jobs; customers opt for placing online pre-orders instead of camping out in lines around Apple Stores. 

It's not better or worse, it's just different. But looking at the photos and videos of launches through the years shows how far the iPhone has come from Steve Jobs' pocket to 2020.

Here's a look back at every iPhone launch, in photos. 

The early years (2007 - 2009)

The launch of the original iPhone, followed by iPhone 3G and 3GS (with the App Store!), saw tents and creative ways of passing the time in line.

June 29, 2007 saw stacks and stacks of iPhones.

June 29, 2007 saw stacks and stacks of iPhones.

Image: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images

Steve Jobs showed up to the Apple Store at the Palo Alto iPhone launch!

The hype continued for iPhone 3G and 3GS

iPhone 4 and 4S

Artists even performed in Taipei!

Artists even performed in Taipei!

Image: SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images

iPhone 5, 5C, and 5S

Tim Cook pulled a 2007 Steve Jobs and came to the Palo Alto Apple Store to celebrate.

iPhone 6, 6Plus and 6S, 6S Plus

Excuse me, but where can we find this Steve Jobs body pillow ASAP?

Excuse me, but where can we find this Steve Jobs body pillow ASAP?

Image: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP via Getty Images

An appropriately celebratory mohawk seen in Tokyo.

An appropriately celebratory mohawk seen in Tokyo.

Image: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Is it us, or does the crowd look a bit thinner than years past?

Is it us, or does the crowd look a bit thinner than years past?

Image: Carl Court/Getty Images

One upside of those glass Apple Store walls: They're a great place for a protest slogan!

One upside of those glass Apple Store walls: They're a great place for a protest slogan!

Image: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images

iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max

Apple Store employees happy to see their customers.

Apple Store employees happy to see their customers.

Image: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

The Apple 12-series phones are currently available for pre-order, and will be released on October 23rd. We just hope anyone lining up remains at least six feet apart.

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