The iPhone seems like it has been around for generations, but consumers got their hands on the iconic product for the first time on June 29 a decade ago.

From the mobile app to the selfie, the iPhone reinvented the way we create and share content, transforming popular culture with offbeat games such as Angry Birds, iconic photos of the Arab Spring, and the advent of voice-controlled everything: Hello, Siri.

To see how much has changed, let us take you on a mobile trip down tech-memory lane. With the tool below, swipe left or right on your smartphone to revisit every model of the iPhone. (If you're on a desktop or laptop computer, use the arrow keys on your keyboard.) Click on the app icons that light up to learn even more about the product that sparked the mobile revolution.

The technology Apple engineered over the past 10 years may seem familiar to us today, but the first iPhone really was revolutionary, including features consumers had never envisioned in a phone. (Full access to the web? A touch-screen keyboard?) And those leaps of innovation kept right on coming.

The App Store brought tens of thousands, and then millions, of new applications to handheld, go-everywhere devices. Before the launch of the iPhone’s Software Development Kit, introduced in 2008 with the iPhone 3G, the company kept a firm hold on most aspects of its research and development. But the SDK quickly revealed the benefits of programmer crowdsourcing, adding functionality to the phone via outside developers. It provided customers with one-stop shopping at the App Store—and jump-started the careers of small-scale programmers and entrepreneurs across the country and around the world.

The iPhone 3GS introduced video recording, a feature “notably absent from iPhones until now,” Consumer Reports noted. Back then we imagined that the new feature would provide a convenient way to shoot kids’ birthday parties. In time it would make almost everyone a documentary filmmaker.

Those iPhone videos would help to elevate YouTube from a home for pirated sitcom clips to a major content platform. Footage shot with an iPhone made its way into the Oscar-winning film “Searching for Sugar Man.”

The iCloud functionality on the 4s introduced many consumers to the concept of storing data on remote servers. Earlier incarnations of the iPhone had received automatic software updates—an important security feature—as well as permitting over-the-air syncing for email, contacts, and calendars. But iCloud upped the ante by allowing users to access all kinds of data stored on remote servers and made it available across devices. This made it easier for people to run their lives on the go.

Before Siri, we would talk on our phones. But Apple’s digital assistant (also launched on the 4s) encouraged us to talk to our phones. Brought to life by voice-over artist Susan Bennett, the technology could field commands and offer weather reports, locate contacts to call or message, and check the traffic or movie times.

Siri had Consumer Reports drawing analogies to TV science fiction: “In fact, users will be able to talk with Siri much as the characters on ‘Star Trek’ and other sci-fi shows talk to their computers,” we reported.

While that hasn’t quite materialized, Siri has paved the way for a gaggle of digital assistants from other manufacturers, including Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant.

And more broadly, the iPhone sparked intense competition from Android phones, leading to even more innovation in mobile communication—plus social media apps, viral videos, ride-sharing companies, and an end to the tradition of thumbing through a road atlas or stopping at a gas station to ask directions on a road trip. 

Hey, Siri: What does the future hold? It holds more artificial intelligence and more innovation—all bundled into these tiny, powerful computers we call smartphones.

(Download a PDF of our September 2007 first look at the iPhone and our November 2007 smartphone comparison, covering the iPhone and devices from LG and Nokia.)