This site focuses on Apple’s iPhone, which was launched a decade ago in 2007. The product was the company’s third game-changing product after the Mac and iPod.
The iPhone has become one of the world’s most iconic devices. It’s quite an amazing fact considering that the product has only been on the market for a decade. Since this site is dedicated to the iPhone it’s important to know some key information about its history.
Apple co-founder and CEO unveiled the original iPhone in January 2007. That was at the MacWorld convention. He shared that the company had been developing the new smartphone’s technology for 3 years to show that it represented game-changing tech.
The tech giant’s last big product was the iPod. Jobs introduced the new product as an iPod with a bigger screen that was controlled using a touch screen instead of physical buttons. The new device was basically a mobile phone as well as a device to talk with the Internet. At the event Jobs projected that the new device would “reinvent” the phone.
During the presentation Jobs criticized the smartphones of that time due to them having a physical keyboard and being difficult to use. He then shared how the iPhone’s touch gestures made it much easier to operate the device via the display screen. The audience was quite amazed at the new product.
Since that time the company has unveiled several new iPhone models. They include the 2G, 3G, 4/4S, 5/5S/5C, 6/6S, and 7/7S. This year the company is celebrating the product’s 10th anniversary. The newest iPhone series that’s been given the working name “iPhone 8” is expected to be launched later this year and probably in September.
There were few major changes to the smartphone in last year’s iPhone 7/7 Plus. Industry experts believed that was due to the company waiting to introduce major upgrades for this year’s iPhone 8. Here’s a summary of some of the various releases of iPhone since 2007:
iPhone 2G (June 2007)
This was the release of the first iPhone, which was actually known as 2G. There were three different storage models. They included the 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB.
iPhone 3G (July 2008)
This was the second iPhone and was released just one year after the original model. The new unit included some new features including turn-by-navigation and Push email. Another innovation the tech giant launched was the Apple App store. There iPhone owners could buy third-party apps to improve the daily use of their Apple smartphones.
iPhone 3GS (June 2009)
This was the first iPhone to get anupdate of the previous model. That’s indicated by the “S.” There were some major upgrades to the previous 3G model. They included a faster processor, ahigher-resolution camera that supported 480p video, and support for voice controls.
iPhone 4 (June 2010)
iPhone’s new smartphone included more innovative tech. That included its Retina high-res display. The iPhone camera also got an upgrade to 5 megapixels. A front camera was also added for video calls.
Another major change was the first change to the iPhone’s design. It became the thinnest smartphone in the world when the round rear panel was replaced with a flat one. The unit also received a better processor for multitasking.
iPhone 4S (October 2011)
The company’s release cycle was moved from the summer to fall months. The new unit included a camera improvement to 8 megapixels. It could also record video in full high definition (1080-pixels). The new smartphone also received a new A5 dual-core chip, the digital assistant Siri, and access to iMessage and iCloud.
iPhone 5 (September 2012)
When the iPhone 5 was launched it broke all previous sales records. The new phone included a dual-core A6 chip. Meanwhile, the display was boosted to 4” and got a new digital Lightning connector.
iPhone 5S/5C (September 2013)
This was the first time Apple launched two models at the same time. The 5C was an upgraded iPhone 5 that included 5 unique colors and polycarbonate shell. Meanwhile, the 5S was Apple’s new flagship smartphone. Another upgrade was the A7 processor that was 2x as fast as the iPhone 5. The new iPhone’s Home button also included a Touch Id fingerprint sensor.
iPhone 6/Plus (September 2014)
The two models included bigger screens. That included 4.7” for iPhone 6 and 5.5” for iPhone 6 Plus. They also featured faster chips, better cameras, and improved LTE/Wi-Fi connectivity.
iPhone 6S/6S Plus (September 2015)
The phones had similar designs as the 6 series but also included updated hardware such as improved system-on-chip (SoC), 12MP camera, upgraded fingerprint sensor and LTE-Advanced support.