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The iPhone timeline: how it all began

But will you access it from an iPhone?
But will you access it from an iPhone?

It seems some people might just have a little too much time on their hands. The chaps at have put together a timeline detailing all the ins and outs of how the Apple mobile evolved, from conception right through to the new iteration.

There's not a lot left secret about how the device was grown internationally, as every shred of rumour was picked up and mulled over incessantly. But it is nice to watch it all unfold before your very eyes.

Quick change

It's easy to forget how fast things move in the mobile world. It seems like aeons ago that the rumours began, but it was back in 2002 when the question was posed to Jobs: 'Will there be an iPhone?'

His response: 'One never knows. We don't usually discuss products we haven't announced.'

He knew.

Anyway, if you're interested in all the development, the trademark registering, the price drops and everything else, it's on's site.

But be warned: it makes reference to the Motorola ROKR, the 'iTunes-enabled phone',which still leaves some tech-heads waking in the night screaming.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth was in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade and now runs the entire editorial team. He can instantly recommend the best phone for you, or can be found running around the nearest park with the latest fitness tech strapped to his wrist, head or any other applicable body part.