Five years old: iPhone hits the grand old age

CELEBRATING its fifth birthday today, the world’s most iconic smartphone continues to dominate its rivals according to data from Ipsos MORI.

Revealed to the world by Steve Jobs in January 2007, the first iPhone was scanned through the till on 29 June of the same year.

British fans of Apple will be able to celebrate the smartphone’s fifth birthday again in November, the month in 2007 when the iPhone was released in the UK.

Ipsos MORI data, which examines smartphone dominance in the UK, shows that 19 per cent of people own an iPhone. By comparison, 15 per cent use an Android-based phone – which includes Samsung and HTC – and 11 per cent have a BlackBerry.

The last five years have produced a wealth of milestones for Apple, including record sales and becoming the world’s most valuable company.

Earlier this year research firm Gartner crowned Apple the world’s top smartphone vendor, pipping archrival Samsung to the top spot, although the International Data Corporation said last month that Samsung was back on top.