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May 21, 2011

The iPhone Era Infographic :

The history of the iPhone line of phones began with Steve Jobs' direction that Apple Inc. engineers investigate touch-screens. At the time he had been considering having Apple work on tablet PCs, which later came to fruition with the iPad. Many have noted the device's similarities to Apple's previous touch-screen portable device, the Newton MessagePad. Like the Newton, the iPhone is nearly all screen. Its form factor is credited to Apple's head of design, Jonathan Ive.The iPhone was released in the United States on June 29, 2007 and made available from the Apple Store and from AT&T Mobility, formerly Cingular Wireless. 

On July 1, 2007, it was reported that Apple paid at least US$1 million to Michael Kovatch for the transfer of the domain name. Kovatch registered the domain in 1995. That URL now redirects to Apple's iPhone page.