Sure, it took a six months for the iPhone to launch, and many more for it to gain a foothold around the world. Yes, it was soon rampantly copied, despite Steve Jobs’ claim to have heavily patented it.
But now pretty much every smartphone looks like an iPhone and acts like an iPhone, despite others advancing the technology and coming up with their own cunning UI skills. But, for now, ignore all we know today and imagine you’re back 10 years ago, struggling with tiny keyboards, stylus, horrible menus and such like. Think back to a time when the world was ripe for change.
Perhaps Apple is looked on with cynicism now. Back then, the company took a huge leap in saving us from drowning in technology, which is why I, and millions of others, still love them.