iPhone 1g (first generation) June 29, 2007
The history of the iPhone began with the 1g or 1st generation. After many months of rumors, Apple officially announced the first iPhone on June 29, 2007. Many people criticized the original release due to the overall lack of basic features. Many people thought a smart phone should be able to do simple things like copy/paste, and flash. This among other things such as a restrictive operating system led to a popular trend called jail breaking which allows you to fully customize your iPhone in ways it was not intended.
Originally the iPhone 1g was released only to a single cell phone carrier – ATT. However subsequent releases allowed users to pick from a variety of companies. Originally after your ATT plan expired, you could not unlock your phone to choose a different carrier, however, as of April 2012 ATT has now allowed the unlocking of phones whose contracts have since expired.
The hardware on the first generation wasn’t that impressive. It had 4, 8, or 16 GB of non-expandable memory, 128 MB of RAM, and ran on a 620 Mhz processor. While not the most powerful phone, the innovative touch screen operating system awed tech enthusiasts around the world.
iPhone 3g (second generation) July, 11 2008
Apple’s first generation phone was succeeded by the iPhone 3g in July, 11 2008. The 3g fixed some basic software issues that were largely thought to be blunders of the first version including copy and paste, and MMS support. It also fixed some minor complaints like added support for landscape mode for many more applications.
At this point the iPhone 3g was largely underpowered still. It couldn’t multi-task and when the iOS 4.0 update was pushed to the 3g it did not include multi task support like it did for the 3gs. The processor like the previous 1g model was still a Samsung 620 Mhz ARM and still only supported 128 MB of RAM. The 3g limited the amount of internal memory choices you have from three to two: 8GB and 16GB. The biggest change of the 3g was of course the added capability of 3g data transfer which many users thought should have been included in the first model.
There were some minor changes to the designs in the 3g release. The volume rocker and power buttons were forged out of metal instead of plastic. Along with that the edges of the phone were tapered to give it a sleeker look and feel. There was also a white version released in 16 GB models
iPhone 3gs (third generation) June 8, 2009
The iPhone history continues with the release of the 3gs. This release is where we start to see significant performance gains because of RAM and processor upgrades. We see a doubling of the RAM from 128MB to 256, as well as a slightly larger 800Mhz processor. This allows for what many Apple fans have been waiting for in their smart phones: multi-tasking. The 3gs was offered with 16GB and 32GB models and an 8GB model was eventually released as well after Apple discontinued the other models to force a 4g update.
Voice control was a large feature added to 3gs models and foreshadowed what was to come in subsequent releases. Apple would come to buy out Siri, a voice control application in less than a year from the release of the 3gs.
The 3gs camera was significantly improved and is starting to look like the camera we see in current models today. Along with the camera, a higher screen resolution was also added.
iPhone 4 (fourth generation) June 24, 2010
The iPhone 4 underwent many changes to software, hardware, and design. The iPhone 4 was released with 512MB of memory, which is amazing because just three years ago the 1st generation was available with only 128MB. The i4 was released with a 1ghz Apple A4 processor which takes care of all performance issues that were a problem in previous models.
The fourth generation had a huge design change as well. The entire outer edge of the phone is metal and acts as an antenna for the phone. This design might have been part of Apple’s plan to fix the connectivity issues if you held the phone wrong which was a large problem prior to this release.
Apple heavily marketed the newly created Facetime feature with this release. A front facing camera was introduced which allowed you to do conference calls over Skype, Facetime, or similar applications. The rear camera is HD capable and can record movies in 720p.
iPhone 4s (fifth generation) October 14, 2011
The iPhone 4s has some improvements over the last model, but ultimately isn’t that much different. Compared to previous iPhone models this one is a total powerhouse. It was introduced with the Apple A5 chip made by Samsung. This super-fast, dual core 800Mhz processor leaves previous models in the dust.
The camera was slightly improved upon as well in this version. You can now take 1080p videos with the rear camera, compared to 720p. The rear camera was also upgraded to 8 mega pixels.
Siri was the most notable software change in the 4s. Originally a third party application, Siri was purchased by Apple in April 28, 2010. With the release of the 4s Siri is now a major feature in iOS and is highly marketed. Siri allows you to interact with your smart phone like never before. You can ask it questions such as the weather or ask it questions that you want to look up on the internet. On top of that, Siri can control basic functions of the phone that voice control was previously in charge of.
Since the first generation, there has been a long history of user complaints. Among the most popular complaint is that iOS is too locked down and lacks the ability to have customization. Due to the amount of restrictions, jail breaking has become increasingly popular since the release of the first iPhone.
However, Apple says that this locked down operating system is needed. They cite ease of use and user protection as the primary reason for all the restrictions in place. For instance, the reason Apple must approve each application is to prevent malware. While Android users can use any application they want, they are more prone to malicious software. However, Apple in many cases denies useful applications that would benefit their users simply because they don’t agree with what the apps do. Tethering is one thing Apple refuses to allow through the iStore. Even know tethering applications have legitimate purposes, Apple and cell phone carriers think that it’s not an appropriate use for its phones.
While original versions of iOS lacked many features, Apple has since caught up. Originally there was a large amount of criticism for lack of copy and paste, MMS support, system notifications, multi-tasking, and widgets. However all that is history, the current release of iOS contains all of those features except widgets.
There’s been a long history of design problems with the iPhone. Many different versions had problems ranging from minor to major. Among the common complaints were screen bubbles, easily crackable screens, or holding your phone wrong causing poor cell phone reception.
Along with the manufacture defects, there’s also a history of what many would consider design flaws. There is no support for micro SD cards which forces you to spend a lot of money to upgrade the phone’s memory. There’s also no removable battery which also forces you to to either purchase a new phone or pay for expensive repairs.
Apple also as a company has a history of designing products that force upgrades. For instance, they will discontinue 16GB and 32GB models and only allow you to purchase 8GB in order to force you to upgrade to the latest model which has 32GB support.
Apple has come a long way with iOS since the beginning. While it’s true that the first version was a little rough around the edges, the latest iOS version is anything but. For users who are just getting into the smart phone market, iOS provides you with everything and more all with Apple’s history of easy to use products.
The history of the iPhone started in 2007 and shows no means of slowing down. With each iPhone release, there are millions of units sold within the first week. The iPhone continues to be one of Apple’s most successful products netting them billions each year. Combined with Apple’s loyal fan base and their expert marketing, the iPhone will continue to dominate the smart phone market in the foreseeable future.
Apple has proven to be one of the major players in the consumer electronics industry. Having established their name as a company who designs their products to be trendy, functional and innovative, they have released yet another gadget that has been and continues to be a big hit.
The Apple iPhone is a small and light device with multimedia capabilities and also functions as a quad-band mobile phone, which supports GSM EDGE and is Internet-enabled. A touch screen enables the user to input information through a virtual keyboard and function buttons. It also has great features, such as a camera, a media player (much like the “iPod”), and the other usual functions that allow visual voicemail and text messaging. The Internet services that can be done through the iPhone include web browsing, e-mail and Wi-Fi connectivity.
In the United States, the iPhone became available on June 29, 2007 and can be originally purchased at Apple stores and AT&T Mobility. Based on the report of The Wall Street Journal, it is made under contract in the Shenzhen factory of the company Hon Hai, a Taiwan-based company. The price today for an 8-gigabyte model is US$399. Later on, Apple eventually became available in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France and will hopefully be available to other areas of the world.
There has been a lot of talk that the iPhone could just be the greatest invention that has ever graced the mobile phone world, but just where and how did it come about?
The birth of the iPhone started with the direction of Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Apple engineers to look into touch-screens. During that time, he was contemplating on working on tablet PCs.
At an executive conference held in April 2003, he originally communicated his certainty that traditional PDAs and tablet PCs did not really seem like feasible and high-demand product industries that Apple could enter. This was in spite of receiving numerous requests for Apple to create another PDA. However, he believed that mobile phones are essential devices for information access on the go.
Nevertheless, the development of iPhone and its features and applications rolled along soon after that and during the Macworld convention last January 9, 2007, Jobs declared their new product, which was the iPhone. This announcement received great attention from the press and the media. Later, in the Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference held on June 11, 2007, an announcement was made that the iPhone will be able to support third-party applications with the use of the Safari engine. Third-party software companies will design Web 2.0 applications and end-users can access them through the Internet. Apple then announced on October 17, 2007 that there would eventually be a software development kit available by February 2008.
The iPhone was an extremely expensive phone when it was first released. Initially costing $600 for the 16GB mode, it was one of the highest priced phones available. Since it’s became mainstream, you can get the newest model with 64GB for only $399. Here’s the pricing list by year: