Steve Jobs revolutionized the Smartphone industry. He quoted at Macworld 2007 that tie “iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone.”
Smart phone technology has come a long way in a very short time. It is true that the iPhone was not the first smart device, nor did it have the first camera, nor the first of many features that we now love. Jobs used the idea of the iPhone to put the pieces together, to combine a variety of features into a device that people wanted.
Truthfully, it is hard to remember a time where I did not have an iPhone attached to my hip. Can you believe that today marks the tenth birthday of the iPhone’s release, June 29, 2007? It is even more awe-inspiring that Steve Jobs introduced the product roughly 6 months prior to the shipping date.
Starting initially as a Cingular exclusive (AT&T), the original iPhone 4GB model was available for $499 and the 8GB model was available for $599 (history.com). Yes, that was not a typo, the original phones were 4GB/8GB offerings. The original specifications (gleaned from iMore website) included a 3.5 inch LCD screen at 320×480, quad band 2G edge data radio, 802.11b.g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, a 2MP camera, 1400 mAh battery and 128MB RAM.
Additionally, it introduced an accelerometer to rotate the screen, ambient light sensor to adjust brightness, and a proximity sensor to turn off the screen when close to your face. The one millionth iPhone was, amazingly, sold 74 days after release. This is a far cry from the “Gamble” that the New York Times supposed (nordic.businessinsider.com).
Fast forward to 2008, the iPhone obtained 3G and GPS. Verizon reached a deal with Apple and began selling CDMA iPhones on February 11, 2011. The iPhone 5 brought the lightning adaptor, brought us IOS 6 and Apple Maps, Passbook, FaceTime (2012). In 2014 the iPhone 6 brought plus sizes, drama with the dreaded “bendgate,” NFC capability and Apple Pay, larger phone storage. IN 2015 we got the iPhone 6S/6S plus with a 12 MP camera, 3D/Haptic touch.
In 2016 we got the iPhone SE (iPhone 6 features in the body of an iPhone 5S) and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Most recently we have water resistance, camera improvements with dual 12 MP rear lenses, 7 MP front camera, and up to 256 GB storage. Whether you love it or hate it, Apple continued to revolutionize the iPhone with the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack.
These are just a few of the changes that Apple has brought to the smartphone world. We may have lost an amazing inventor in 2011, with the death of Steve Jobs, but his legacy continues to live on in the brand.
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