iPhone 10-Year Anniversary
January 9th was the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone, the day when Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone. Since the birth of the first iPhone, the device has completely evolved. It is a symbol of the booming tech industry and how it has transformed over the last decade. Let’s take a look at how the iPhone has changed over the years…
When Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone on January 9th, 2007, he wanted to completely reinvent the mobile phone. The phone was described by Apple as a "breakthrough internet communications device", combining mobile telephony, a widescreen iPod and mobile browsing. A new touch-screen user interface was developed especially for the device, which was priced at $499.
iPhone 3G (2008)
The following iPhone which launched a year later was the iPhone 3G. This device held the piece to the missing puzzle, the App Store. This gave developers the opportunity to create games and applications to be sold and downloaded from the App Store. Creating an extremely lucrative platform for Apple.
iPhone 3GS (2009) The iPhone 3GS was promised to be the fastest most powerful of the three iPhone devices. Its new features included an autofocus camera, video recording capabilities and voice control. The new phone also made use of cut, copy and paste functions and multimedia messaging services (MMS), and introduced Spotlight Search and a responsive landscape keyboard.
iPhone 4 (2010)
This device embodied the first major redesign of the iPhone, with a stainless steel and glass finish, as well as a new, squarer look with rounded corners. The iPhone 4 was announced as the world’s thinnest smartphone in the world. It was also the first iPhone with a front-facing camera for making FaceTime video calls, and of course, selfies!
iPhone 4S (2011)
This iPhone launch was quite exciting because it came with over 200 new features, including the Notification Centre, iCloud and Siri – the infamous voice-activated assistant.
iPhone 5 (2012)
In 2012, the second major redesign of the iPhone brought a larger 4-inch screen to the iPhone and an aluminum case that made it durable while remaining a thin and light device. The iPhone 5 also introduced the reversible Lightning connector, replacing the old 30-pin port.
iPhone 5C (2013) In 2013, Apple launched two different handsets; the 5C and the 5S. The cheaper of the two was the colorful iPhone 5C, which had similar specs to the previous year’s iPhone 5, but came with a polycarbonate shell.
iPhone 5S (2013)
The iPhone 5S was quite similar to the iPhone 5, but adding different color options. Some new features included upgrading the home button to support Apple’s fingerprint recognition system for the lock screen, Touch ID, and the device featured the first 64-bit processor in a smartphone (the A7). It also shipped with iOS 7, a major overhaul of Apple's mobile operating system that dropped various design touches for a flatter, cleaner look.
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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (2014)
In 2014, Apple introduced the 4.7-inch screen for the iPhone 6, and the 5.5-inch screen for the iPhone 7 Plus. Both of these devices featured a new curved body, as well as NFC support for mobile payments, a faster processor, and improved cameras — which had become the iPhone’s standout feature. These handsets came in 4 colors options; gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (2015)
Both the iPhone 6S and the 6S Plus featured a new sensor technology called 3D Touch, which interprets pressure applied to the screen by a thumb print. However, the new versions had the same metal cases as the previous devices, the same round, raised camera lenses at the front, as well as the same screen sizes.
iPhone SE (2016)
The iPhone SE looked exactly like an iPhone 5S, but with the same capabilities as the iPhone 6S. It also featured the same 12‑megapixel iSight camera, and came in the same four color options: gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.
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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (2016)
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices launched in June 2016, with a redesigned water-and dust-resistant case. Other than a few new features, these models were quite underwhelming in comparison to previous iPhone launches. New features consisted of the removal of the headphone jack port. Instead, Apple's ear pods will come with a Lightning connector, the same as the company's current phone chargers. The iPhone 7 Plus also has a new dual-camera system.
With the next iPhone coming out in September 2017, we are keen to see what new advances and product features will be unveiled.