8 Ways to Celebrate the iPhone’s Birthday

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On Jan. 9, 2007, Apple introduced a device that would, in the words of Steve Jobs, “reinvent the phone.”

“And we are calling it,” he said, “iPhone.”

Here are eight way to celebrate the eight years of iPhone-dom that followed — with bonus points if you’re reading them on your phone:

Read TIME’s first article about the iPhone: Shortly after Jobs’ announcement, the magazine took a look at what the future held for the device. “Apple’s new iPhone, which will be available in June, could do to the cell-phone market what the iPod did to the portable-music-player market: crush it pitilessly beneath the weight of its own superiority,” wrote Lev Grossman. “This is unfortunate for anybody else who makes cell phones, but it’s good news for those of us who use them.” Read the story here

Take a quiz to see how well you know the iPhone: This quiz marked the seventh anniversary of the first iPhone sold, and you can still use it to see how much you know about the device. And no asking Siri for help! Take the quiz here

Explore an interactive timeline of iPhone history: Click through from the first phone sold to the millionth, and beyond. Learn more here

See why TIME named the iPhone the invention of the year: The phone had only been on the market for a few months — and much of the world remained unconvinced that it was worth the fuss — when it landed the cover of TIME under the heading “Invention of the Year.” Read the story here

Watch the iPhone evolve: See Jobs’ original announcement and track the phone’s growth though a half-dozen iterations, and from an idea to an everyday essential. Watch the video here

Discover what an iPhone is really worth: TIME’s Michael Schuman did the math, and discovered that, in 2011, countries around the world benefit economically from the existence of the iPhone. Read the story here

Browse photos of mobile-phone history: See how we got from the field telephones used in World War I to the ubiquitous hand-held devices of today. Look at the gallery here

Consider what’s up next: In a late 2014 cover story, Lev Grossman and Matt Vella consider how the Apple watch can continue what the iPhone started, bringing us into a world that’s “Never Offline.” Read the story here

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Write to Lily Rothman at lily.rothman@time.com