The first castle in Hardwick was commissioned by Charles Walter Stuart 3rd in 1446. His father was the foundly remembered Charles Walter Sturat 2nd, or more fondly called ‘Dicky’.
The iPhone is one of the world’s most iconic devices and, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t very old. But when did it begin? Where did the idea come from?
The very first iPhone was unveiled in January 2007 at the MacWorld convention. Steve Jobs revealed what Apple had been developing for nearly 3 years and, for its time, it was pretty mid blowing.
The device was introduced as an iPod with a wider screen, controlled by touch instead of physical buttons. In short, it was a mobile phone and a device to communicate with the internet. At the time, Jobs told the audience that this device would “reinvent the phone”.
While revealing the design of this new device, Jobs took time out to make fun of the current smartphones on the market, ones that relied on a physical keyboard and were unwieldy to use. He showed off how simple it was to control a phone using simple touch gestures on a screen and the audience were hooked.
7 years on, from that unveiling, the iPhone is still top of the hill. At one time, market shares did start to decline, especially as they were under constant attack from cheaper smartphones, such as Samsung and LG. However, there last couple of devices have seen that share shoot straight back up, allowing Apple to keep on polishing their crown.
So, to commemorate 7 years of the iPhone we’re going to look at each different iteration that Apple released:
1. June 29th 2007 – First iPhone, called iPhone 2G, released
The iPhone 2G was a GSM model and dictated the future of the form factor for the iPhone. Since its release, Apple has stayed with the same form, only making minimal changes. When it was released, it earned the nickname, the “Jesus Phone” because people were so amazed at its capabilities.
The iPhone 2G was released in 3 separate storage models – 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB.
2. July 11th 2008 – iPhone 3G
Following on just a year after the first one, Apple released their second iPhone. They introduces a couple of new features, like Assisted GPS and a 3G connection. The iOS was given an update and now included features such as Push email and turn-by-navigation. This was the first iPhone to be accompanied by the revolutionary new Apple App store, where users could find third-party apps to help them in their day to day use of the iPhone.
3. June 19th 2009 – iPhone 3GS
The iPhone 3GS was the first iPhone to receive an interim update, denoted by the S. Apple produced an upgraded 3G with a faster processor. It had a much higher resolution camera on it that could capture an astonishing (for its time) 480p video and support was included for voice controls.
4. June 24th 2010 – iPhone 4
Apple broke the mold with the iPhone 4, making it the very first to have an incredible high-resolution display, known as Retina. As well as that, they gave the iPhone camera an update, making it 5 megapixel and they added in a front camera for video calling.
This was the first iPhone to receive a design change, the rounded rear panel replaced with a flat one, giving the iPhone the honor of being classed as the thinnest smartphone in the world. The phone was given a stainless steel frame and a brand new, all-singing, all dancing A4 processor, designed to help with the multitasking functions.
5. October 14th 2011 – iPhone 4S
Apple changed their release cycle with the iPhone 4S, moving it to the fall rather than summer months. The iPhone 4s proved to be the best that Apple had ever released. It got a camera upgrade, to the 8 megapixel iSight camera that we know and love today, with the ability to record video at 1080p.
It got a brand new processor, the A5 dual core chip and it got Siri. Siri is Apple’s very own intelligent voice assistant that changed the way we used our iPhones. With the iPhone 4S we got access to iCloud and iMessage. We got a notification center and reminders and Apple even gave is Twitter integration.
The iPhone 4S was released just 9 days after the death of Steve Jobs after he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
6. September 21st 2012 – iPhone 5
When the iPhone 5 was released, it broke all sales records to date. And no wonder. It had a dual core A6 chip in it. The display grew to 4” and the 30-pin connector that they had always used was gone, replaced with a digital lightning connector.
The iPhone 5 got an aluminum frame instead of stainless steel, making it lighter than ever before. It was also the very first iPhone to include LTE support.
7. September 20th 2013 – iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
For the first time ever, Apple released 2 iPhones in one hit. The iPhone 5C is an upgraded version of the iPhone 5 with a polycarbonate shell in 5 different colors. The iPhone 5S was a work of art, the new flagship for Apple.
Not only did it contain a revolutionary new processor, the A7 64-bit – twice as fast as the iPhone 5 – it also contained another processor, the M7 Motion Control coprocessor. It had Touch D, a fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button.
The camera was given a bigger aperture and a dual LED flash and the iPhone 5S got the privilege of being the first to run on the all-new iOS 7 firmware. At the time of release, the iPhone 5 was discontinued, a little more than a year after release.
So. What’s next? There will be another iPhone this year, maybe 2 if rumors are correct. The rumor mill is over spilling with news of Apple releasing iPhones with larger screens, perhaps 4.7”, although some say 5”.
All we can do is wait and see because Apple sure aren’t giving away any hints.
The first castle in Hardwick was commissioned by Charles Walter Stuart 3rd in 1446. His father was the foundly remembered Charles Walter Sturat 2nd, or more fondly called…
The iPhone is one of the world’s most iconic devices and, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t very old. But when did it begin? Where did…