5 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About The iPhone

On June 29, 2007, the first Apple iPhone went on sale. Nobody, not even Apple, could predict how the iPhone would change the way we look at phones forever.  Here are 5 fascinating facts about the phone that captivated the country....


Steve Jobs Made His First iPhone Call to Prank Starbucks When Steve Jobs introduced his first iPhone, he apparently used it to play a prank in public. He made a phone call to a Starbucks that was nearby and ordered 4,000 lattes. As the audience laughed, he told the astonished person at Starbucks that he was just kidding and had the wrong number.

Apple’s iPhone Wasn’t The First iPhone Initially, Cisco owned the 'iPhone' trademark. That didn't stop Apple from calling its new device the iPhone. After its January 2007 unveiling, Apple and Cisco eventually settled their dispute with both companies promising to collaborate together on products in the future. The fruits of that cooperation, if it ever even took place, have never been seen.


The Default Time in iPhone Ads is Always Set to 9:41 If you pay close attention, you will find that all iPhone advertisements show the device at a time set to 9:41. This is no coincidence. Former Apple executive Scott Forstall once explained, "We design the (product launch) keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation. When the big image of the product appears on screen, we want the time shown to be close to the actual time on the audience's watches. But we know we won't hit 40 minutes exactly." As a point of interest, the default display times on iPhones used to be 9:42.

The Original iPhone Project Was Top Secret In creating the iPhone, Steve Jobs gave Scott Forstall free rein to assemble a team of his choosing. There was, however, just one rule -- he couldn't hire anyone from outside Apple. Interestingly enough, when pitching the project to prospective team members, Forstall couldn't even tell them what it was about, only mentioning that it would require hard work and that they'd have to "give up nights" and work weekends for quite some time.

Apple Designed a Landline Phone In 1983 In 1983, Apple computer developer Hartmut Esslinger designed a landline phone that used a stylus-controlled interface. Of course, it looked nothing like the iPhone we’ve come to know and love, but that’s when the idea was first hatched. Unfortunately, the phone never saw the light of day, but it’s an interesting footnote in Apple’s history with connected phones.