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iPhone turns 10: A Timeline of Apple’s Most Successful Product

Almost exactly ten years ago today Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs revealed the first version of iPhone – Apple’s biggest revenue generator. Opinions on iPhone and other Apple products can cause split even within a group of good friends, however, it’s easy to measure the influence the “three-in-one” device – as Apple’s boss first described it – has had on the tech industry, our digital lives, and thus the world. This is the Job’s definition of iPhone:

“A widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device.”

Since its initial launch, the iPhone has become a symbol of design and performance in the world of technology, and the digital age as a whole; it has made Apple the largest company in the world in terms of revenue and assets, with some even making speculations it’s the most profitable product in history. As the years went by, competitors became much quicker while iPhone’s acceleration improved exponentially. How the iPhone has evolved over the past decade, let’s take a look:

IPHONE (2007)

IPHONE (2007)

This is the iPhone as it initially appeared on June 29, 2007, laying the foundation for the modern era of smartphone development. It dropped a solid keyboard in favor of a multi-touch display, and introduced the classical icons layout with a single home button. The device was made for the internet and consuming media, but it still lacked of key features like App Store and 3G internet connectivity.

IPHONE 3G (2008)

IPHONE 3G (2008)

On June 9, 2008, Apple announced its successor, the iPhone 3G. The device came with the missing piece of the puzzle: the App Store. This gave software developers the opportunity to create their own applications, and enhanced the product’s value as popular apps populated its digital camp. The iPhone 3G was also equipped with GPS navigation system 3G compatability.

IPHONE 3GS (2009)

IPHONE 3GS (2009)

According to Apple, iPhone 3GS was twice as fast as iPhone 3G, with the “S” symbolizing speed. In addition, it maintained the same basic design as its predecessors, including a 3.5-inch, 480 x 320 display.

IPHONE 4 (2010)

IPHONE 4 (2010)

iPhone 4 was unveiled as the thinnest smartphone ever made and was the first Apple device to come embedded with a Retina display. The phone came with a stainless steel and glass design, as well as a unique, squarer look with rounded edges. It was also the first Apple phone with a front camera for making real time video calls, and pre-installed with iOS 4 and capable of multi-tasking.

 IPHONE 4S (2011)

IPHONE 4S (2011)

In the year 2011, the fifth-generation iPhone seemed identical to earlier models but equipped with Siri — Apple’s built-in “intelligent voice assistant” had been introduced. The device also shipped with a new, back 8-megapixel camera and modified antenna to surmount connectivity troubles that almost drowned the iPhone 4 market. It was released on October 4th. Unfortunately, the news was masked by the death of Apple visionary CEO Steve Jobs the following day.

IPHONE 5 (2012)

IPHONE 5 (2012)

In 2012, Apple introduced a broad 4-inch display in its device and an aluminum case that made it enduring and light weight. The iPhone 5 also shipped with the reversible Lightning connector, taking place of the old multi-pin port.

 IPHONE 5C (2013)

IPHONE 5C (2013)

In 2013, Apple launched a couple of new iPhones for the first time ever. The more economical of the two was the colorful iPhone 5C; It had similar specifications to the previous model, but came with a polycarbonate shell.

IPHONE 5S (2013)

IPHONE 5S (2013)

This model had almost an identical design to that of original iPhone 5, however, Apple added new color to this design. On the other hand, the device saw a major hardware upgrade: the home button was enhanced to support fingerprint recognition system, Touch ID, and the device shipped with the first 64-bit processor in a smartphone device. It also featured iOS 7, Apple’s upgraded mobile operating system that came with a cleaner look.

IPHONE 6 AND 6 PLUS (2014)

IPHONE 6 AND 6 PLUS (2014)

Finally, in 2014, Apple went big with its flagship product, launching the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.  Both iPhones came with a new, rounded design, as well as support for mobile cash and payment system, an efficient processor, and enhanced cameras. However, “Bendgate” was the Apple’s trouble of 2014.

IPHONE 6S AND 6S PLUS (2015)

IPHONE 6S AND 6S PLUS (2015)

The iPhone 6S was another member of ‘S’ family. The glass case was durable and the aluminum structure less vulnerable to bending. However, nothing else had been upgraded. The key features included: a pressure-sensitive display; 3D Touch mechanism; and live photo capturing.

IPHONE SE (2016)

IPHONE SE (2016)

In earlier 2016, Apple introduced an iPhone SE with super-fast new hardware inside and a Touch ID-enabled home button and a 4-inch screen display. The phone was quite perfect for users who didn’t feel prepared to move on to a larger screen. However, big phones seem to be the future for Apple.

IPHONE 7 AND 7 PLUS (2016)

IPHONE 7 AND 7 PLUS (2016)

With the release of iPhone 7 and 7 plus, the company tried to avoid a major redesign, but still managed to make few significant changes. Some of the notable innovations in 7 and 7 Plus were: A new dual-camera system for the Plus model; making both models water resistant; dropping the physical home button; introducing fully digital look; and, yes, the most controversial one – eliminating the headphone port.

 

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