Thirteen years ago today the 1st iPhone went on sale

Thanks to David Pogue, I got hands-on time with the original iPhone a few days before the review embargo lifted. I was blown away by all the things it could do – which obviously now pale in comparison to what the latest models can do – and couldn’t wait to get my own.

I was one of the thousands of people in line at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store 24 hours before launch (I was being paid to be there by Macworld magazine) and was 65th in line. I can still, 13 years later, remember the excitement both personally and professionally.

That’s me at 2:15 into the David Pogue video from the launch day.

Happy 13th birthday, iPhone.