On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone at Macworld convention. He introduced iPhone as three products in one – “an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.”
Apple’s iPhone has always been on news ever since it was launched. Some of us criticized it for being too expensive and setting a high price for no good reasons, but still there are people who absolutely love the phone. The history of the iPhone started with a request from Steve Jobs to Apple Inc.’s engineers, asking them to investigate the use of touchscreen devices, which later came to fruition with the iPad.
When Apple released the iPhone initially, it was sold exclusively with AT&T. The arrangement between Apple’s phone and a single service provider caused some controversy. Later Steve Jobs reached an agreement with the telecom giant AT&T to be the iPhone’s exclusive carrier. In return for five years of exclusivity, roughly 10 percent of iPhone sales. Apple retained total control over the design, marketing and manufacturing of the iPhone.
Right from the initial days, Apple has never looked back and today it’s one of the biggest smartphone making companies. Apple has sold more than one billion iPhones around the world. It’s one of the wealthiest companies ever. But it also saw sales of the phone drop for the first time in history. This sales drop also raised questions on CEO Tim Cook. But Tim has always responded critics in a proper way. He also has promised to launch more revolutionary versions in near future. We all know that pressure from other phone making companies like Samsung, Google, HTC, Motorola has squeezed the popularity of the iPhone, but still it’s one of the best phones we have in the market. Replacing iPhone is no way possible for next 5-10 years.
Let’s have a look at all the iPhone models through the last decade. There are still many more to come.
1. iPhone (2007)
Apple’s first iPhone. It was unveiled in 2007 and around 3.4 million units were sold that year.
2. iPhone 3G (2008)
The most significant thing about this device was the App Store, which has become an increasingly important revenue driver for the company. It revolutionized the way we interact with services and what we can do with apps. We can almost access anything today.
3. iPhone 3GS (2009)
The first “S” model iPhone offered improvements rather than adding big new features. It was twice as fast as its predecessor, with the “S” standing for speed. It had the same shape as earlier models, and users finally got the option to copy and paste texts.
4. iPhone 4 (2010)
The major changes iPhone 4 brought was stainless steel and glass, squarer look with rounded corners. It was launched as the thinnest smartphone in the world and Apple for the first time used a “Retina display.” It was also the first iPhone with a front camera for making video calls.
5. iPhone 4S (2011)
The fifth generation iPhone was launched in 2011. It was same as iPhone 4 but it also had a new feature, Siri — Apple’s voice assistant. It also came with a new rear-facing 8-megapixel camera. It was also the first iPhone to be launched under newly-appointed CEO Tim Cook after Steve Jobs passed away.
6. iPhone 5 (2012)
The second major redesign iPhone was launched in 2012. iPhone 5 bought a larger 4-inch display to the device and an aluminum case. The camera continued to improve with new features such as the “panorama” mode. Apple also introduced newly designed headphones called “EarPods”.