It’s been almost eleven years since Apple introduced the iPhone. The device is arguably Apple’s most important product ever (though some will argue the iPod was more important, or the original Mac).
It’s certainly the company’s most popular product. The iPhone first came out in 2007 and since then it has set the standard for the smartphone market. Here we look at how the iPhone has evolved since its first release.
Though every iPhone generation builds upon the last, so each is different, the easiest way to tell iPhones apart just by a glance is by screen size, so we’ll group iPhone eras together by that metric.
The original iPhone launched on June 29, 2007 and featured a 3.5in display. The slogan for the device was “This is only the beginning”–and boy was Apple right. While the original iPhone was revolutionary for its time, by today’s standards it was archaic. It didn’t even offer 3G connectivity and only has a 2MP camera.
The iPhone 3G, released a year later, improved upon the original by adding 3G connectivity and boosting the minimum storage to 8GB. It also featured a redesigned polycarbonate plastic housing, which replaced the aluminum backing of the original iPhone. While this was a design tradeoff, the cost savings allowed Apple to reduce the phone’s retail price by half.
The iPhone 3GS followed a year later. For those wondering, the “S” officially stood for “speed”. And that’s what this iPhone offered–mainly internal speed improvements. Though this model did also boost the rear camera to 3MP and increase the max storage to 32GB.
The iPhone 4 is considered by many as the best-designed iPhone ever. It features an all-glass body that gave it a unique shine for its time. It was also the iPhone that introduced the Retina Display–a major advancement at the time. This iPhone was also the first to use Apple’s A-series chipset (with the Apple A4) and add a front camera for FaceTime video calls.
The iPhone 4S came next. This was mainly an internal spec bump over the iPhone 4. Here the “S” stood for “Siri”, Apple’s then-new digital voice assistant. The 4S also featured a huge rear camera boost to 8MP.
The iPhone 5 debuted in 2012 and it was Apple’s first smartphone with a display larger than 3.5 inch .The 4 inch display felt massive at the time. The iPhone 5 also had a redesign with a return to the aluminum body. It was also the iPhone that ditched the old Dock connector in favor of the lighting cable.
The following iPhone 5S retained roughly the same design, but introduced two major enhancements: the Touch ID fingerprint reader and the A7 chipset–the world’s first 64-bit processor in a smartphone. At the same time, Apple also unveiled the iPhone 5c, with “C” standing for “Color”. The device featured a hard-coated polycarbonate shell that came in multiple bright colors.
The next year Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 (discussed below) but also the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE retained the 4in display, but included many of the features of the larger iPhone 6.
In 2014, Apple broke with their tradition of only releasing one flagship iPhone and released two. The iPhone 6 saw a screen-size boost to 4.7in and the iPhone 6 Plus saw a screen size of 5.5in. Both phones also featured Apple Pay and major speed improvements.
The following year Apple came out with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The big improvements here were the 12MP rear camera and the 3D Touch display–a display capable of sensing how hard a user pressed it.
In 2016, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This lineup was generally considered a disappointment as it broke Apple’s tick-tock cycle of introducing new designs every two years. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus largely looked the same as the 6s series. However, the iPhone 7 Plus did offer a first: a dual lens rear camera system.
In 2017, Apple again kept with the relatively same form factor and released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. However, this model did feature an all-glass back and wireless charging as well as many of the internals that the iPhone X has.
Also in 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone X. This phone boosted the screen size to 5.8 inch and, more importantly, ditched the physical Home button in favor of an all-screen design. It is arguably Apple’s most radical iPhone ever due to its new entirely gesture-based interface (because of the lack of the Home button). It’s also the iPhone that sets the stage for the company’s next 10 years.
Now, the smartphone giant is again likely to call the two new devices. The 5.8-inch variant is set to be named as the iPhone XS and while the larger 6.5-inch variant named as the iPhone XS Max.
This year, Apple is expected to release a direct sequel to the iPhone X called the iPhone XS, as well as a larger version that it could easily call the iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XS (6.5-inch) under its prior naming conventions. By comparison, the “iPhone XS Max” name sounds decidedly unlike Apple and very 1990s but there have been murmurs within the industry that this year’s name choices would be unconventional and perhaps controversial. The XS Max is set to have a bigger battery than the XS while both phones will have the new A12 processor, 4GB RAM space and OLED displays.
Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, with a cheaper version that is similar to the current iPhone X using LCD screen technology.
Fueling speculation on social media that the company plans to launch a gold-coloured successor to the iPhone X, which was made available only in silver and gray last year. The new 2018 iPhones will be unveiled on September 12, 2018.
According to some rumors we’ve seen, Apple’s 2018 iPhone pricing matrix will align closely with what we saw last year. Specifically, the 5.8-inch iPhone XS at $799, and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max at $999. Those are certainly attractive price points, but there is also speculation that iPhone pricing this year will be higher than many are anticipating.
Apple has never been shy about placing a premium price tag on its products. Indeed, the success Apple saw with the iPhone X certainly demonstrates that consumers have no problem spending upwards of $1,000 to get the latest and greatest mobile technologies Apple has to offer.
Apart from new phones, Apple’s big hardware unveiling event is expected to include the wireless charger it showed off last year but hasn’t yet released, an Apple Watch Series 4 with a larger screen, and new details on iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. The company is also working on a new version of Airpods that let you talk to Siri, a MacBook Air replacement and new Mac Mini, and new full-screen iPads, but it’s unclear if any of them will turn up next week.
Now, it is to see how Apple’s new technology attracts mobile users and lovers in the whole world. My Last words for this eye blink advancement is that “Technology with fast time is coming very fast innovation”.