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The magical Apple iPhone through the years

September 12, 2013 11:55 IST

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On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the upgraded iPhones 5S and cheaper iPhone 5C. Since its launch in 2007, iPhone has always been the benchmark for smartphones.

If a competitor wants to get any significant marketshare, it needs to come up with a product that can be compared with the Apple device.

iPhone revolutionised the way smartphones looked, felt and worked. Apple was the first company to introduced touchscreens that can be operated by human touch. Prior to that touchscreen phones came with styluses.

The multi-touch was another feature that debuted in iPhone and later other manufacturers incorporated it in their devices.

Apple had introduced motion sensor (Accelerometer) to make it easy for users to read webpages by switch the phone from portrait mode to landscape.

It now is essential feature in every smartphone. It is needed for almost all games and and apps that perform certain function when on ‘shaking the device’.

The most revolutionary feature that kept iPhone on top through the years is the Apple App Store. The App Store features over 900,000 apps and over 50 billion downloads.

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Image: Indian actress Rituparna Sengupta holds her new Apple iPhone.
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App Store has been Apple’s trump card. It’s because of app store that many buyers ditch Android and Windows phones and opt for iPhone.

But why did Apple get into the smartphone in the first place?

The beginning

If once look at Apple’s patents; it feels the company has always toyed with the idea of making phones. But the story of iPhone has roots in the success of iPod.

Since the introduction of iPod in 2002, Steve Jobs always thought that mobile phones are a threat to its music device.

After the massive success of iPod by 2004, he wanted a presence in the mobile phones to keep iPod and iTunes relevant.

Apple reached an agreement with Motorola in 2004 by which the handset manufacturer will include iTunes in its phones. In 2005, Motorola launched ROKR E1 with iTunes, which didn’t do well. The partnership didn’t last too long.

The company then started working on a phone. And, after over two years of development finally launched iPhone on January 9, 2007.

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Image: A customer looks at an Apple's iPhone.
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The first iPhone

It was one of the most anticipated gadgets and people had lined up for the device outside the Apple and AT&T stores to buy it. Within an hour of the device going on sale, stores started complaining of the shortages.

To avoid mishaps and burglaries, off-duty policemen were hired to guard the stores overnight.

The hype around the phone was such that a survey revealed six out of 10 American knew about the phone before it was launched.

When the first iPhone was launched, Apple did have the App Store. The phone was available in black colour only and it didn’t even have copy-paste function.

When discontinued, the phone had a total sales of 6,124,000 units.

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Image: The new iPhone sits on display behind a glass case at the Macworld conference in San Francisco.
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Key features of the first iPhone

Network: 2G

Display size: 3.5-inche

Memory options: 4/8/16 GB

Camera: 2MP (no support for video recording and no front camera)

Processor & RAM: 412 MHz & 128 MB

Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity

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iPhone 3G

It was with iPhone 3G that Apple brought in App Store, which was an instant hit. The company kept the name because the phone supported 3G networks.

It was released in June 2008, 17 months after the first device. Apple sold over a million phones within three days of launch.

Other than App Store, the phone also saw introduction of GPS and push email. Buyers had colour option of black and white.

Many basic features were still missing from the phone. On introduction, the phone still didn’t have copy-paste functions and MMS sending ability, which were resolved after updates much later. Also, the camera didn’t support video recording.

The phone did receive its fair share of criticism for software bugs and battery issues.

Many reviewers found iPhone 3G to be a great buy despite the problems.

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Image: Apple Corporation CEO Steve Jobs speaks about the new iPhone 3G during his keynote speech at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
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Key features of iPhone 3G

Network: 2G and 3G

Display size: 3.5-inch

Memory options: 8 and 16 GB

Camera: 2MP (no support for video recording and no front camera)

Processor & RAM: 412 MHz & 128MB

Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity

Available apps in 2008: 10,000

Apps download in 2008: Around 300 million

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Image: The new Apple iPhone 3G is displayed in Toronto.
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iPhone 3GS

A year after iPhone 3G, Apple introduced its new device that had a better camera, video recording capability, electronic compass, and was twice as fast as its predecessor.

It received mixed reviews from experts because they felt the updates were not too significant.

iPhone 3GS also had its share of problems, too. The biggest was overheating of the phone that even cause discolouration of the device in some cases.

This device maintained the record set by iPhone 3G and saw a sale of over a million units over the weekend.

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Image: Scott Forstall, senior vice president for iPhone Software, discusses the new cut, copy and paste application of the iPhone OS 3.0 software at Apple Inc. campus in Cupertino.
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Key features of iPhone 3GS

Network: 2G and 3G

Display size: 3.5-inch

Memory options: 8/16/32 GB

Camera: 3.15 MP (no front camera)

Processor & RAM: 600 MHz & 256 MB

Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Available apps in 2009: 100,000

Apps download in 2009: Over 2 billion

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Image: Customers try out the new iPhone 3GS on the first day it is being sold at the Apple Store in Zurich.
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iPhone 4

The phone had many firsts to its credit. Apple started using Retina Display from iPhone 4 onwards, which boasts a 326 ppi pixel density.

The phone also included a front camera for the first time and included a flash for the back camera. It also had support for HD video recording.

Starting with this phone, Apple users could conduct a video conference with each other using FaceTime.

Apple also introduced Gyroscope sensor that complements accelerometer, and helps in motion detection, which made gaming more fun and smooth.

As with earlier devices, this iPhone too had its share of issues. Shortly after the phone was launched, some consumers reported that signal strength of the phone was reduced on touching the lower left edge of the phone resulting in call drops.

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Image: Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands in front of an image of the new iPhone 4 that explains the device's pricing, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.
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Initially, Apple ignored the complaints. Later when some users decided to sue Apple and its partners for concealment, negligence, intentional misrepresentation and defective design, the phone manufacturer sprang into action.

Apple started providing free covers called Bumpers that prevented direct contact with the antenna.

Despite the issues, reviewers across gave thumbs up the iPhone 4.

In 2011, two iPhone 4 equipped with a special application were taken to the International Space Station. The devises were used in various experiments.

iPhone 4 broke all previous records of sales. Apple sold over 1.7 million devices within three days of its launch.

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Image: New iPhone 4 models are displayed after Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled it during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.
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Key features of the phone

Network: 2G and 3G

Display size: 3.5-inch

Memory options: 8/16/32 GB

Camera: 5 MP rear camera with a flash; VGA camera in the front

Processor & RAM: 1 GHz & 512 MB

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Available apps in 2010: Over 300,000

Apps download in 2010: Over 7 billion

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Image: Customers waiting for the release of the new iPhone 4 line up outside Apple Inc's store in the Ginza district of Tokyo.
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iPhone 4S

Though the phone retained the design of iPhone 4S, it featured significant changes in hardware and software.

It was much faster than its predecessor, had an 8MP iSight on the back, and saw introduction of iCloud, iMessage, Notification Centre and Twitter integration.

The most exciting addition to the phone was intelligent personal assistant named Siri. This automated voice control system allowed users to give the iPhone commands, which it can execute and respond to.

Apple also solved the antenna problem in this phone.

Apple sold four million units of the iPhone 4S in the first three days of release.

A day after the launch of the smartphone on October 5, 2011, Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away.

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Image: Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, speaks about iPhones, including the iPhone 4S, at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.
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Key features of the phone

Network: 2G and 3G

Display size: 3.5-inch

Memory options: 16/32/64 GB

Camera: 8 MP rear camera with a flash; VGA camera in the front

Processor & RAM: Dual-core 1 GHz & 512 MB

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Available apps in 2011: 500,000

Apps download in 2011: Over 18 billion

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Image: A white Apple iPhone 4S is shown on display at an Apple Store in Clarendon, Virginia.
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iPhone 5

Apple ditched its standard 3.5-inch screen size in this device. iPhone 5 featured a bigger 4-inch display. The new phone also supported LTE (or 4G networks).

Though Apple didn’t introduce any significant features, except for Passbook, the phone had a ‘better battery performance’, had ‘two times the graphics performance’ and was "two times faster” than its predecessor.

To make the phone thinner, Apple also ditched its dock connector, and introduced a slimmer one called Lightening.

The main feature of the device was Passbook, an application that allows users to store their coupons, boarding passes and tickets digitally. Also, Passbook is capable of making mobile payments at locations that have compatible hardware.

This time, Apple was heavily criticised for it newly introduced maps, which had many serious errors. Apple apologised to the users and switched back to Google Maps.

The phone sold over 5 million units in the first three days of the launch.

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Image: Kae Shibata shows off her new Apple Inc's iPhone 5 after waiting for two days outside an Apple Store in Tokyo's Ginza district.
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Key features of the phone

Network: 2G, 3G and 4G

Display size: 4-inch

Memory options: 16/32/64 GB

Camera: 8 MP rear camera with a flash; 1.2 MP front camera

Processor & RAM: Dual-core 1.3 GHz & 1 GB

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Available apps in 2011: Over 700,000

Apps download in 2011: Over 35 billion

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Image: Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., talks about battery life of the iPhone 5 during Apple Inc.'s iPhone media event in San Francisco, California.
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iPhone 5S

On Tuesday, Apple introduced an upgrade to iPhone 5 and also a cheaper smartphone.

In iPhone 5S, the company has introduced Fingerprint sensor. This feature allows the phone to be unlocked after verifying the fingerprint of the user. This technology will also be used for authorising transactions on the phone.

Apple also introduced a 64-bit processor for the iPhone 5S, first ever on a smartphone.

Though the camera on the phone is still an 8 MP one, the company has made significant improvement to make the pictures sharper and more natural.

A new flash for the camera is also introduced. It has a dual ‘True Tone’ LED flashes that balances the colour temperature.

Apple has introduced new colours for the smartphone. Other than the existing white, iPhone 5S will be available in silver and gold.

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Image: A staff member sets up the new iPhone 5Ss for a display picture at Apple Inc's announcement event in Beijing.
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iPhone 5C

To boost sale in markets such as India and China, Apple will introduce cheaper iPhone 5C.

The phone will use the same chip, A6, which comes in iPhone 5. The phone does not include fingerprint recognition.

The back case of the phone will be available in blue, green, red, yellow, and white colours, made of polycarbonate instead of the aluminium found on iPhone 5 and 5S.

Most of the specification of the phone is similar to that of iPhone 5, except for the battery that will be slightly bigger.


Image: The new iPhone 5C in five colours are placed together at Apple Inc's announcement event in Beijing.
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