In 2007, the world of technology was about to undergo a radical change with the launch of the first iPhone. The anticipation for this device was enormous, and we all wanted one.
The idea of having a smartphone that could browse the internet, take pictures, play music and videos, and make calls was something that seemed incredible to us. But before the iPhone got our hands on it, we were already playing with it from Google.
An iPhone before the iPhone that made our wait a little shorter
I clearly remember those days in 2007, when we were so eager to have the first iPhone that we were looking for any way to experiment with it. At that time Siri didn’t even exist yet, but we had iPhoney, a free Mac OS X application that simulated the iPhone’s web browser, with us.
Developed by Marketcircle, this tool had been created specifically to help web developers adapt their sites to be compatible with the iPhone. But, for many of us, it was a way to play with the iPhone before it was released.
With iPhoney, we could see how our web pages looked on the iPhone, and play with some of its features, such as the ability to change the screen orientation or hide the navigation bar. Although it was only a simulation, and we couldn’t do much more than that, it gave us an idea of what was to come. It allowed us to imagine what the iPhone would look like in our hands and how it would change the way we used technology.
Back then, we couldn’t imagine all that the iPhone would become. We didn’t know that it would become an essential tool for our daily lives, allowing us to do virtually everything we needed to do from the palm of our hand. But we did know it was something special, something we were eager to have. And, while we didn’t yet have the actual iPhone in our hands, we were excited to have the opportunity to play with it in any way we could.
iPhoney was little more than child’s play compared to everything we can do with an iPhone today. But in 2007, it was a tool that allowed us to experiment with something that didn’t yet exist. It allowed us to dream of the future, and prepare for what was to come. And, although it really is a long time ago, those days when we played with using the iPhone from Google remain a fond memory – even more so now that we await the iPhone 15 with the same enthusiasm – for all of us who were there.
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