On June 29th, iPhone turned four --as Apple released the original iPhone on June 29th 2007. Happy 4th Anniversary!
Four years after the first iPhone was released, a lot has changed in the mobile space. Smartphone adoption has finally gone mainstream. The fortunes of Nokia, RIM and Palm (now HP) have significantly changed. The big leader in the mobile OS space is Android, Google's open source OS that debuted a year and a half after the original iPhone.
One thing has still not changed (aside from Apple's aversion to Flash on mobile devices) is the hype and furry that the iPhone still incites in both its supporters and its detractors.
In four years, the iPhone has utterly transformed the mobile industry. One can debate how much Apple innovated versus refined when it comes to certain features (touchscreens and app stores existed before the iPhone).
The iPhone not only transformed the mobile industry, but changed Apple as a company. In 2007, Apple was nearly 10 years into a fantastic business turnaround. Propelled by the early success of the iMac and pushed further into the black with the iBook, iPod, iTunes and the transition to Intel processors, the iPhone took Apple into an entirely different direction.
Masable has published a nice infographic showcasing, Apple';s stock has nearly tripled over the past four years. The company now has a market cap of more than $300 billion, exceeding that of Microsoft.
Here's the inforgraphic: