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This Week in Tech History: Release of the First iPhone

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the birth of a device that would revolutionize the way we use our phones.

1838 – Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).

1927 – 31 calls were made on this, the first day of transatlantic telephone service. Service began between New York and London. The calls cost $75.00 (U.S.) each for five minutes.

1954 – The Duoscopic TV receiver was unveiled. The TV set allowed a person or group to watch two different shows at the same time. It was a primitive, picture-in-picture, split-screen that was tested in New York City and Chicago.

2007 – Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the original iPhone at a Macworld keynote in San Francisco. It was the first time a single device combined a music player, telephone and mobile internet communicator. Up to that point, the Blackberry was king. Apple changed all that and paved the way for countless other smartphones that most of us can now, not live without.

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Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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