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Apple's iPhone turns 10, bumpy start forgotten

A salesman checks a customer's iPhone at a mobile phone store. PHOTO | ADNAN ABIDI | REUTERS
A salesman checks a customer's iPhone at a mobile phone store. PHOTO | ADNAN ABIDI | REUTERS 

Apple Inc's iPhone turns 10 this week, evoking memories of a rocky start for the device that ended up doing most to start the smartphone revolution and stirring interest in where it will go from here.

Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones since June 29, 2007, but the first iPhone, which launched without an App Store and was restricted to the AT&T Inc network (T.N), was limited compared to today's version.

After sluggish initial sales, Apple slashed the price to spur holiday sales that year.

"The business model for year one of the iPhone was a disaster," Tony Fadell, one of the Apple developers of the device, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

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