It’s almost hard to believe there was a time that the iPhone wasn’t available. There once was no Siri or FaceTime, and a fingerprint scanner was technology reserved for military gadgets and the movies. This time did exist however, and it was everything prior to June 2007.
Since it’s launch, the iPhone has become a popular gadget in many households, and has become a life accessory rather than just a phone. For this reason it’s highly important to make sure it is protected with the right Gadget Insurance. Below we take a look at the history of the iPhone from 2007 to present.
iPhone (first generation)
June 2007 “changed everything”, according to Apple. The revolutionary iPhone launched, and it was beautiful. The device had a multi-touch screen and only four physical buttons on the handset. The 4gb or 8gb models came with Wi-Fi, Edge, 128mb of RAM and a 413mhz processor. The concept was that this device was an iPod, web browser and telephone all in one attractive little package. It was simple however compared the iPhone of today. The headphone jack was recessed and the 2mpx camera was simple to say the least and the original device didn’t even support video. There was also no ability to send the multimedia messages we are used to today such as photos or audio. Regardless of this, it was still a giant step in the right direction and people started to view their mobile as more than just a telephone device but as an everyday accessory.
Lovers of the iPhone didn’t have to wait long for the next edition, and just over a year later the iPhone 3G was released. The design had changed, with a 100% plastic body being preferred over the aluminium casing of the original model. It was also available in black or white, and the headphone jack was now flush with the casing too. The biggest change however was the introduction of the 3G, and faster mobile internet. Aside from this there were no other upgrades to the newer model, and battery life was even a little worse than the predecessor. This resulted in Apple coming under fire for the increase in price for the new device that was essentially the same piece of kit.
Thankfully Apple listened and the iPhone 3GS was released boasting changes and improvements that actually counted. In terms of look and feel, the display was the same 3.5inch 320 x 480 screen and it’s appearance was pretty much unchanged. Performance however, had increased dramatically, with double the processing speed and double the RAM. The new device offered a better 3.2mpx camera that could now record videos as well as take photos. Other bonuses included a digital compass, voice control and a 32gb model for the first time.
With the release of the iPhone 4, Apple promised to “change everything” and true to their word, they did. The new design was simply beautiful, with toughened glass on the front and back and an aluminium rim that acts as an antenna. RAM was up to 512mb, and the processor clocked in at a cool 1ghz. The camera had been improved dramatically and boasted 5mpx with the ability to record HD videos for the first time. Best of all, was the Retina Display – with a resolution so high that it was impossible for the human eye to discern individual pixels. However, problems with reception and call-dropping were well-publicised, with Apple being forced into giving away a free rubber insulator to prevent the problem.
Apple clearly felt that with the launch of their iPhone 4S it was what was inside that counts. The design remained pretty much untouched, but the internal specifications and Hardware had been given an impressive makeover. The iPhone 4S came with i0S5, which was the most advanced operating system at the time, and with it came a whole host of new features, including Siri, the intelligent assistant and iCloud. The iPhone 4S was also noticeably faster thanks to the addition of the A5 chip. The camera was once again improved, this time from a 5 mpx to 8mpx allowing Apple to keep up with the competition which had advanced dramatically over time.
On 12th September 2012, Apple delivered another device, this time with an external makeover. The screen was a little larger, 4 inch to be precise and the new iPhone was taller and thinner, making it feel better and sit better in your pocket. The 4 inch screen boasted a 1136 x640 pixels display and the new A6 processor meant that the speed of the iPhone 5 was significantly increased in comparison to the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 was available in 16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB and the glass back had been replaced with sleek aluminium and was available in black and slate or white and silver. Never one to neglect the front camera, Apple had given it it’s biggest upgrade yet, but there was no change to the rear camera.
By the time the iPhone 5s hit our shelves almost exactly a year after the iPhone 5, there was little room for dramatic improvements. By this point Apple had won themselves a host of loyal fans who eagerly awaited the new features of the iPhone 5s and to many, it didn’t disappoint. An obvious new feature was the built in finger print scanner, allowing you to unlock your iphone with one swipe. The new iPhone was also available in gold for the first time ever as well as silver and space grey. Then there was the new A7 chip and M7 Coprocessor, resulting in a faster iPhone with an increased battery life. The new iPhone also had motion sensing technology, a HD front camera and slow motion video function, giving plenty of reasons to upgrade.
So there we have a recap of all the iPhones from the first generation iPhone through to the iPhone 5S we know and love today. With rumors already flowing around what the next iPhone will look like and what additional features Apple have up their sleeve, then we know there is plenty more to come. If you remember your first iPhone and what you loved about it then feel free to tell us in the comments below.
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