iPhones: A Brief History of Tech: If you have an iPhone, you are considered a loyal customer. Did you know that iPhone aficionados are 20% more likely to stick with Apple products and upgrade to the next iPhone than users of Samsungs? There is of course, a reason for this. iPhone technology is groundbreaking and with so many iPhone products, such as iTunes and iCloud, staying with iPhone makes sense to the converted user. Check out our brief history of tech, iPhone style.
The original iPhone
The very first iPhone was released in 2007 and was a tiny affair compared to the most recent models. But this iPhone has gone down in tech history as game-changing. The screen was only 3.5 inches and the capacity was only 2 – 4GB. But as Apple said at the time – as part of their tag line, ‘This is only the beginning.’ They were right – and the original iPhone has grown beyond all recognition with each next gen edition. The original iPhone had a price tag of $499 back in 2007 – which was expensive. But these days, if you are the owner of an original iPhone, count yourself very lucky. They now sell for well over $1,000 – and one recently sold for $4,000 because it came in its original packaging…
The iPhone 3G and 3GS
These were also big news. They maintained the 3.5 display but were the very first 3G mobile phones – and the capacity was boosted to 8GB. The aluminum case of the original iPhone was swapped for a polycarbonate plastic. It was much cheaper to produce. But this enabled Apple to reduce the selling price. The $499 tag of the original iPhone had meant it was an elitist device only used by the wealthy – it wasn’t mainstream. With the price tag reduced, many more devices were sold – and the iPhone became stratospheric.
The iPhone 4
The very first selfie smartphone spawned an entire genre and social media movement. In fact, selfie wasn’t even a proper word until the iPhone 4 made it so. The iPhone 4 was designed with a glass casing. It also featured the very first retina display, which was another groundbreaking move for Apple. With both a front facing and rear camera, the iPhone 4 launched the mobile camera craze. And suddenly, it really mattered how good the camera was on your smartphone, because you probably wouldn’t buy another separate camera again. The iPhone 4 camera was an impressive 8 mega pixels – and for the first time, FaceTime was introduced for video calls. Not only that, but Siri also made her debut. It’s hardly surprising that this model is considered one of the best iPhones ever released in terms of state-of-the-art tech. The iPhone 4 was another game changer
The iPhone 5
This time, things got bigger. Apple listened to iPhone customer feedback – and took note of other smartphones entering the market with larger displays. The Samsung S3 was their first serious competition in the tech history battle. So, the display of the iPhone 5 was duly increased from 3.5 inches to 4 inches. These days, that seems like a tiny concession, but back then, the reaction was immense. The new iPhone 5 looked and felt huge. Next came the iPhone 5c – which stood for colour. Finally, you could choose the colour of your device.
The iPhone 6 and beyond
From then on, the displays got bigger and the devices better. From 4 inches for the iPhone 5, to 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6. And then came the iPhone 6 Plus – a massive 5.5 inches of screen to content with. Of course, by now, Samsung had well and truly attracted a lot of new customers for their sensational displays. They were big and bright and responsive – and iPhones by comparison felt chunky and stingy screen wise. The very first thin iPhone was met with derision from the critics though. Many of them complained that it was too breakable – that the sturdy, chunky feel of the iPhone SE was pocket-sized and glorious and felt so much more Apple.
But not to be deterred, Apple continued with its slimline styling, and eventually won over the critics. Today, the biggest iPhone is the iPhone XS Max. It has a 6.5-inch display – more than twice the size of the original iPhone screen. It’s incredibly impressive. But it never would have got there without its much smaller, older sibling.