One decade ago, on June 29, 2007, the world was shaken by the arrival of the iPhone. People camped out for days to purchase the new Apple Inc. (AAPL) product, and it lived up to the hype. Within a few short years, everyone had an iPhone in their back pocket.
The popularity of the product itself is not the only way the world has changed since Apple's mobile innovation. Here are 10 ways that the iPhone revolutionized the entire tech landscape.
1. Touch Screen
Although phones with touch screens had been around since 1994's IBM Simon, the iPhone was the first one that didn't need a stylus. (Apple co-founder and then CEO Steve Jobs intensely disliked even the idea of a stylus). The iPhone allowed you to manipulate its interface using only your fingers, which made it easy to use for adults and kids alike. Although navigating a digital keyboard with your fingers could be frustrating for some at the outset, most iPhone users swear by the efficiency of the process now. The touch interface made the stylus look archaic and any phone with physical buttons (which, in 2007, was every phone) look obsolete. This is why virtually every smartphone has a touch screen now--it's the only way that companies can compete with the iPhone.
Editors' pick: Originally published June 16.