Trivia Question for January 9, 2014 – The iPhone

iPhoneWe’ve got another “On This Day in History…” Trivia Questions tonight.

They seem to have been around for a long time and millions of folks have them.  On this date in history, January 9th, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to introduce the iPhone to the world.

QUESTION:

In what year was the iPhone Introduced?

ANSWER:

2007

EXPLANATION:

Seven years ago, on January 9, 2007, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to introduce the first iPhone. “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” Jobs proclaimed.

The smartphone revolution started by the iPhone has put a powerful computer into the hands of billions of people around the world.

“iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone,” said Jobs said in the press release. “We are all born with the ultimate pointing device–our fingers–and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.”

The iPhone didn’t ship until June 29, 2007, however. On January 9, the iPhone was still buggy and prone to crashes. Even after several days of rehearsals, Jobs was walking a tightrope on stage, using prototype iPhones set up with workarounds to avoid glitches and crashes.

“It’s hard to overstate the gamble Jobs took when he decided to unveil the iPhone back in January 2007. Not only was he introducing a new kind of phone — something Apple had never made before — he was doing so with a prototype that barely worked,” wrote Fred Vogelstein in his book, “Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution.”

But Jobs managed to get through the demos without embarrassment, and Apple’s engineers managed to eliminate the critical bugs over the next several months. Nearly 1.4 million iPhones were sold in the first three months of its existence. For its fiscal year ending September 29, 2013, Apple sold more than 150 million iPhones worldwide and generated over $90 billion in sales.

NET CHECK IN’S:

Tonight we had a total of 29 people check in to the Net and a BUNCH of them had the correct answer to the Trivia Question.  Congrats to:

  • Robert – KE6CZH
  • Khalil – K6FCC
  • John – KD6JEV
  • Jerry – KD6JPD
  • David – KA6LUI
  • Gary – W6NVY
  • Roy – W6REH
  • Leon – AF6TT
  • Louie – AD6UP
  • Murray – WA6USL
  • Bob – KJ6UVT
  • Harry – KF6ZQM
  • Theo – N6ZZK

And, as always, a big thank you to everyone who supported us by checking in the Net tonight.

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