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It doesn’t seem that long ago Steve Jobs announced Apple’s first foray into the smartphone market, but it was actually over a decade ago, in January 2007. Even by then, the launch of the iPhone was highly anticipated, and the ten years since, we’ve seen huge tech developments.
The first generation of Apple iPhone was released in June 2007, featuring quad-band GSM capability along with EDGE and GPRS. The phone was an innovator in its field, with major brands around the world clambering to create and offer third-party apps to download. The first-gen iPhone was extremely similar to the iPod Touch, but with the added benefit of benefit of being able to work as a telephone.
There was no iPhone 2, instead moving in June 2008 across to the 3G model and then the 3GS the year after. The release of these newer models coincided with iOS 2.0, and the new App Store as an application distribution tool. The ‘S’ was an abbreviation for speed, as an upgraded processor and memory in the latter phone made it faster to use. The 3GS was the first of the iPhone models to include voice control (shop the Gadgetwear range of microphone headphones now!) and video camera.
2010 saw the launch of the iPhone 4 as Apple’s flagship smartphone, and then another speedier successor with the 4S in 2011 (although this time round, the ‘S’ stood for Siri!). These two models had considerably upgraded operating systems, including iMessage and iCloud. An 8-megapixel camera greatly improved the photographic capability of the phones (shop the Gadgetwear range of selfie sticks now!)… perhaps the true catalyst of the selfie culture of today!
In 2012 and 2013, the iPhone 5 launched and the next year, the 5S and 5C. Each of these variants catered for different markets, with the 5S acting as a luxury product and the 5C as a budget version. The 5 range featured bigger screens and a new dock connector that was dissimilar to any other previous model (shop the Gadgetwear range of chargers and adaptors now!).
The iPhone 6 launched in 2014 and was swiftly followed by the 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus. The Plus models were much bigger than their counterparts and all contained faster processors, 3D touch, and fingerprint recognition. These phones are still popular throughout the UK.
The most recent range of Apple iPhones are the 7, 7 Plus and SE. Notable changes in these models include the removal of the headphone jack (shop the Gadgetwear range of wireless headphones now!), an upgraded 12-megapixel camera and a telephoto lens. These phones hit the mainstream quickly but reception was mixed compared to previous models.
It’s August now, and with new phones normally announced by Tim Cook in June, are Apple running a little behind? It’s expected that the new iPhone 8 will be announced within the next few weeks and time will tell which exciting updates the newest range will feature. Watch this space – and in the meantime, shop for all Apple accessories on Gadgetwear!