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Apple’s iPhone Marks Five Years as Iconic Smartphone

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five years ago on Friday, Apple stepped into the smartphone market and released a device that would change the way people used their cellphones: the iPhone.

Since Apple released its game-changing product on June 29, 2007, over 200 million iPhones have been sold, revolutionizing people's expectations of mobile devices.

And since the introduction of Apple's App Store in 2008, over 30 billion apps have been downloaded.  More than 650,000 different apps are currently available, Apple said.

The iPhone has traveled to space, was named one of Time magazine's "All Time 100 Greatest and Most Influential Gadgets," and declared the "snapshot camera of today" by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Today, the device is distributed through 230 different carriers in over 100 countries around the world, the company says.

Looking at the iPhone from its not-so humble beginnings, it's difficult to imagine what we would have done without access to Google Maps, Angry Birds, iBooks, Fruit Ninja, Instagram, Facebook and FaceTime at the flick of our fingers and in the palm of our hands.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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