10 Aug From selfies to Siri: The iPhone turns 10
The Apple iPhone is a name that has become synonymous with cutting-edge technology, style, and elegance. During the introduction of the first iPhone on January 9, 2007, the late CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, described it as ‘a revolutionary product that changed everything’. Here are the most important milestones of Apple’s journey to the apex of stylish design and technological innovation:
Introduction of the iPhone ( January 9th, 2007 )
During the launch of Apple’s iPhone held at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Jobs described the new device as three products rolled in one; a widescreen iPod equipped with touch controls, a groundbreaking mobile phone, and a cutting-edge internet communications device.
On reaching the market six months later, the reaction to the iPhone was tremendously positive. Even though there were other internet-enabled smartphones on the market such as Blackberry, Palm, Motorola, and Nokia, millions of people instantly fell in love with the black, sleek touchscreen smartphone.
Apart from the touchscreen, people also liked other features like the visual voicemail. There was, however, some criticism about its voice quality and the fact that it did not have voice-activated dialing.
Apple iPhone 3G announced (June 9, 2008)
The iPhone 3G was announced on June 9th 2008.While its 3G feature was just an additional update, it was a game-changer since it came at half the price. Market research had indicated that many potential buyers had been put off by the steep price of the first iPhone. From $599, the price of the new iPhone 3G fell to$399 then to $199. The steep price drop was possible after Apple convinced AT&T to front a considerable share of the price.
Opening of Apple’s App Store (July 10, 2008)
The App Store came into being after Apple had shifted gears in March 2008 and opened up its software development to the general public. The company released the Apple software development kit (SDK) and app development mushroomed into a global industry. This led to the development of thousands of popular apps such as the highly-addictive angry birds.
The App Store was created as the platform where developers could sell their apps, with the company getting a 30% cut of the profits. Since that time, then there have been over 140 billion app downloads. Currently, the App Store holds approximately 2.2 million apps.
iPhone 3G comes into the market(July 11, 2008)
A day after launch of the App Store, the iPhone 3G reached the customers. The lower-priced phone sold one million units in the first weekend, and 20 million units in total. The launch also spawned the annual Apple upgrade season. Customers were impressed with the device’s brilliant display, intuitive interface and enhanced sound quality.
The selfie arrives with the iPhone 4 (June 7, 2010)
The iPhone 4 showcased the first fundamental remake of the original iPhone. It came with a high-resolution retina display, toughened-glass panels at the front and back and flat metallic sides that also doubled as antennas. But the show-stopper was the front-facing camera that enabled people to take selfies and use the newly-launched FaceTime video chat service
iPhone 4 experiences Signal Problem (July 16, 2010)
The iPhone 4 came with the peculiar problem of dropping phone calls, especially when users touched a spot on the lower left side of the phone. Technicians advised users to cover the antenna gap using a piece of duct tape to overcome the problem. On July 16th 2010, Jobs offered free cases to all owners of the iPhone 4 smartphone while speaking at a press conference held to address the matter.
Siri is Launched with iPhone 4s (October 4, 2011)
On October 4, 2011, the iPhone 4 s was unveiled, and it came with a voice-activated feature known as Siri. The feature enabled the device to receive and respond to verbal commands. The new device also resolved the signal-loss problems, but by this time the iPhone was facing serious competition from Android phones which offered customers a wide range of features, prices and sizes.
In addition, the iPhone 4s could also work with other carriers apart from AT&T. The device was the last product to be launched during Job’s life. The Apple co-founder and tech genius died of pancreatic cancer just one day later.
iPhone 5s unveiled- features Fingerprint Scanning (September 20, 2013)
The iPhone product had reached maturation stage by the time the iPhone 5s was launched. The device was only a slight upgrade on the iPhone 5, but it came with a fingerprint reader that allowed users to unlock the phone without a password.
At the same time, the company also introduced the iPhone 5c at the slightly cheaper price of $100, but its ‘budget model’ image was thought to be at odds with Apple’s ‘premium market’ image.
The big-screened iPhone 6 Plus introduced ( September 14th , 2014)
With a 5.5 inch screen, the iPhone 6 Plus was the biggest Apple smartphone ever. It was hailed for its brilliant color display, excellent readability and improved battery life. But its casing was not as rugged as that of the iPhone 5.
iPhone 7 enters the fray; comes without a headphone jack (September 7, 2016)
The biggest talking point of the iPhone 7 was its lack of a headphone jack. The controversy was worsened by the delay in the launching of the company’s wireless Airpods that would have connected with the device via Bluetooth. While sales of the device did not match those of its predecessors, it was praised for its overall design and performance. The device was also the first water-resistant iPhone.
Looking ahead, Apple’s iPhone range is set to continue making waves with the eagerly anticipated iPhone 8 that will be introduced on the tenth anniversary of the iPhone product range. According to rumors, it will have innovative features such as an edge-to-edge display (without a visible frame) and wireless charging.
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