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The iPhone: A History

From the first to the last, here is what revolutionized tech

Nicole Billitz
The iPhone: A History

What started in January 2007 has truly become tech stardom. Smartphones became charged forever by touchscreens, apps and digital media.

iPhone 1 (first generation)

Launched in June of 2007, Steve Jobs presented this handset as three devices in one: a touchscreen iPod, a revolutionized phone, and a mobile web browser. It had a 3.5-inch screen, with a 320 x 480 pixel display (which was of the highest at the time), as well as 2MP camera built in.

iPhone 3G (second generation)

Launched in July of 2008, it was one of the first phones with high-speed, 3G connectivity. It came with a thinner shape, a plastic frame, and, most importantly, capacity for the brand new App Store.

iPhone 3GS (third generation)

Launched in June of 2009, Apple began their minor-outer-adjustment-major-inner-adjustment that was recycled every two years with this phone. It came with faster performance, a 3.2 megapixel upgrade (as well as video recording), and voice control (before Siri). It was also a 3.5-inch screen with 320 x 480 pixels.

iPhone 4 (fourth generation)

Launched June of 2010, this brought back the fans that were disappointed in the minor upgrades to the iPhone 3GS. It has a new, flag design, with a high-resolution (640 x 960 pixels) display, with a 5 megapixel camera (that had HD video recording).

iPhone 4S (fifth generation)

In October of 2011, Apple brought back the “S” - meaning it looked identical on the outside to the fourth generation, but inside was Apple’s brand new A5 processor, alongside a much improved graphic processor, and a new 8 megapixel camera with 1080 pixel video recording. It’s also the phone that gave life to Siri.

iPhone 5 (sixth generation)

Launched in September of 2012, it was the first time Apple gave a serious upgrade to the screen. 20% lighter than the 4S, it still managed a 4-inch screen with an impressive 640 x 1136 pixels.

iPhone 5S/5C (seventh generation)

They came in September of 2013, with the 5C being cased in a cheaper plastic and slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S, however, had more power, an improved camera, and a fingerprint scanner.

iPhone 6/6 Plus (eighth generation)

The biggest evolution of the iPhone since it’s conception, the iPhone 6 screen was increased from 4-inches to 4.7-inches, and increased the pixel resolution from 640 x 1136, to 750 x 1334, which mean the larger screen maintained the 326 pixels per inch. The iPhone 6 Plus did one better, with a 5.5-inch screen and full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels, which translated into pixel density means it had 401 pixels per inch.

iPhone 6S/7

We know it’s coming this September, and and we are positive it will have a two-lens camera system - perhaps Sony’s 21 megapixel stacked CMOS sensor as well. Likely, we will see an A9 processor - which will be made by Samsung and will rival the Snapdragon 810, which has been turning heads all year.

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