Watch How Apple’s iOS Has Dramatically Evolved Since Its Debut 14 Years Ago

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Smartphones have been ingrained so deeply in people’s lives, it’s hard to believe you once had to carry an actual flashlight for illumination or get to a computer to send an IM. And Apple’s iOS has evolved in leaps and bounds to keep up with its users’ daily routines.

A fascinating supercut by CNET walks through every launch of Apple’s mobile operating system since its launch in 2007. It seems like only yesterday when the crowd cheered as Steve Jobs swiped through his contacts on a state-of-the-art touchscreen interface to call Jony Ive, who was using a lesser flip phone.

The App Store was only introduced in the iPhone 3G’s OS 2, giving users a world of (sometimes unnecessary) options beyond the built-in apps. Who could forget the apps that turned your iPhone into a pranking buddy by playing fart noises?

With all the time you’ve been spending on your screen, Apple finally released distraction-limiting features in its more recent updates as aids for mental wellbeing.

Take a trip down memory lane with the neat compilation below.

[via CNET, cover image via DMstudio House /]

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