Evolution Of The iPhone (via @Canoopsy)
January 9, 2007 was a pretty special day.
On that day, a phone was announced. A phone that literally changed the world as we know it today. The iPhone.
Why was it such a big deal? Well, previous to this launch, Apple focused on computers, laptops, simple PDAs and MP3 players. They not only jumped into the market, they essentially redefined what a mobile device could look like and could do.
Users and critics were initially skeptical, but Apple has now sold nearly a billion iPhones since 2007, and sparked a thriving and very engaged iOS community.
To celebrate the iPhone and the smartphone revolution that it ignited, I’d like to take a trip down memory lane with you to see how far we’ve come. It’s amazing to see how many features and changes we’ve seen along the way.
Where did your iPhone love affair start on this timeline?
- Our first step into the iOS environment. An awesome touchscreen keyboard, Google Maps and the first mobile Safari Browser.
- We’re now introduced to built-in GPS, faster 3G networks, a sleek design and most importantly the App Store! Can you even imagine a world with no apps!?
iPhone 3Gs (2009):
- We were pleasantly surprised by a number of performance improvements, but the stand out feature at the time was video capture. How many video clips did you share on Snapchat today?
- This was a fantastic reinvention
of the iPhone design featuring a high quality glass and metal design. More importantly this was our first introduction to the front-facing camera! The front-facing camera has certainly made an impact on our culture. ‘Selfie’ is even an entry in modern dictionaries!
iPhone 4s (2011):
- Hey Siri! This was the first iPhone to feature Apple’s voice assistant. We also saw a boost in performance and 1080p video capture. Interesting fact! I started shooting video on my iPod touch, so watching the video capabilities on the iPhone evolve has always been awesome to me.
- We saw two huge changes happen with the iPhone 5 release. This was the iPhone with a 4” display and it also introduced us to the Lighting cable. I rejoiced when the Lighting cable was introduced. Simply because there was no wrong way to plug it in!
iPhone 5c (2013):
- Very similar to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c gave us a cost-conscious option with a plastic body. What really stood out was the variety of colours that we could choose from: green, blue, yellow, pink and white – I didn’t even know where to start.
iPhone 5s (2013):
- The iPhone 5s included many of the features that we take for granted today. We were introduced to Apple’s fingerprint-scanning Touch ID home button and a 64-bit processor. These specs might not mean much to some of you but consider this – the Apollo 11 was landed on the moon using a computer 1,300 times slower than the iPhone 5s! #truestory
- We asked for bigger and we got it. Apple released two models the iPhone 6 at 4.7” and the iPhone 6 Plus at 5.5”. I’m personally a ‘plus’ user and I’m never going back! The extra screen real estate makes my life so much easier.
iPhone 6s & 6s Plus (2015):
- Again, Apple really improved on an already epic iPhone. On top of improved performance the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus brought us the likes of 3D Touch and 4k video. I know the 4k video should have been the selling point for me but the rose gold option closed the deal.
- Apple proved to its customers that while big phones are awesome, small phones still have their place, with the iPhone SE. With the same 4” screen design of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, the same specifications of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and a lower cost, small phone lovers no longer felt left out. Awesome things can really come in small packages!
So, what’s next?
I’m really happy to have seen the iPhone evolution develop over the years. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in such a short time. Whatever comes next is sure to be amazing.
We’re guaranteed to see improved specifications and new features. I always stay ahead of the game by chatting with my local TELUS Learning Centre Experts. The customized free one-on-one sessions give me quick insight on features I may have missed or just need help with. It’s a great way to start your new iPhone experience and one of the main reasons TELUS is the best national carrier for iPhone.
Stay tuned for plenty of great iPhone coverage on my YouTube channel