The first iPhone was introduced by Apple on 9 January, 2007. It was a revolutionary device that combined a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and an internet communication device into a single, compact device. The iPhone’s design was sleek and minimalist, with a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive screen that allowed users to navigate through apps and content with their fingertips.
It also featured a 2-megapixel camera, support for Wi-Fi and cellular data networks, and a built-in web browser. The iPhone was made available in the United States (US) in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008, in a 4GB model for USD499 and an 8GB model for USD599.
The launch of the first iPhone marked a turning point in the history of mobile phones, and it set the standard for modern smartphones that followed. Even though the iPhone is already obsolete and useless by modern standard, some people are still willing to pay a lot for it.
AppleInsider reports that in the U.S, a woman sold a factory-sealed original iPhone more than USD63,000 at an auction by LCG Auctions, setting a new record for the price of the rare device.
The starting bid of the iPhone was USD2,700 (RM11,966), but after 27 bids, it skyrocketed to the final price of USD63,356.40 (RM280,795.56).
Karen Green received the sealed iPhone in 2007 as a present from her friends. She had a Verizon account, but the original iPhone was only compatible with AT&T, so she put it into storage.
In 2019, Green had the iPhone evaluated and it was worth USD5,000 (RM22,160) at that time. Green held onto it for a while longer before auctioning it off to raise money for her business.