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2007: Apple's biggest ever year

Our look at Apple during 2007

2007 will go down as a huge year in Apple's three-decade history. We've taken a look back at Apple's biggest 12 months.

It doesn't matter which way you look at it, 2007 will go down as one of the banner years in Apple's three-decade history. And while its original computer business continues to thrive - the company twice set a record for quarterly Mac sales in the past year - Apple has two other product lines that also pushed it to new heights in 2007.

The iPod, which helped spark the boom in Apple's fortunes in recent years, continued to enjoy its position as the handheld music player of choice, especially after an Autumn overhaul of the product line.

To that mix, Apple added a long-anticipated mobile phone, which debuted to a metric ton of media hype - only to live up to its advanced publicity.

The iPhone, new iPod models, sales milestones, and software updates-a-plenty were just a few of the things that ruled the news for Apple's portable device lineup in 2007.

iPhone, iPhone, iPhone

Despite what the zodiac may say, 2007 was undoubtedly the year of the iPhone.

The year began with swirling rumours that Apple was finally set to release the long mythical iPhone. And, wonder of wonders, it was actually true.

The device, however, managed to remain secret until Steve Jobs showed off the iPhone at January's Macworld Expo, an event which promptly overshadowed everything else going on, including the rival Consumer Electronics Show happening at the same time in Las Vegas.

The iPhone, which Jobs billed as three revolutionary devices in one, quickly captured attention in the mainstream, where it quickly solidified its position as the must-have gadget of 2007.

Jobs announced many of the device's specifications during his keynote: the $499 4GB and $599 8GB models both featured Wi-Fi, EDGE networking, music, photos, video, iernet, all running on a portable version of OS X wrapped in an astounding multitouch interface. UK pricing wouldn't be revealed until much later in the year, when it became apparent that there would be only an 8GB version, for £269.

Still, many questions remained in January, not the least of which was, what the device would ultimately be named? Cisco, which launched an iPhone of its own in December 2006, was not about to let Apple snap up that moniker without a fight; a day after Jobs' Expo keynote, Cisco filed suit over the product's name.

The two companies resolved the dispute in February.

Answers to other questions - what would the mobile phone plans cost? Could you use the iPhone as a modem? What about third-party applications? - emerged as the iPhone made its June 29 debut in the US.

Large crowds turned out across the country, with early adopters vying to be among the first to get their hands on the iPhone. In the end, Apple sold 270,000 iPhones that opening weekend; AT&T reported that it had sold more iPhones that weekend than it had sold in the first month of any other wireless device.

Just 74 days after the iPhone's release, Apple reported that it had reached the 1 million mark in sales, putting the company well on its way to meeting its goal of 10 million iPhones sold by the end of 2008.


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