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The First iPhone Was Revolutionary: A Detailed History

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The Apple iPhone is a type of smartphone manufactured by American tech company, Apple Inc. The introduction of the first iPhone was done on January 9, 2008 by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. The product was not available till June of the same year, though. Since then, the iPhone has gone on to be extremely popular through multiple generations of newer models.

iOS is the name of the mobile operating system that Apple iPhones run. The company markets it as “the world’s most advanced mobile operating system”. That is up for debate, depending on who you listen to, but what is undeniable is that it is popular and loved by Apple fans.

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The first iPhone

iPhone History: How did the Apple iPhone change the world?

Before the first iPhone’s unveiling in 2007, several other major phone brands had been making smartphones, so the iPhone was definitely not the first smartphone. Nokia, BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, and others had smartphones in the market years before the iPhone.

But, the first iPhone changed the world of smartphones. Firstly, it introduced capacitive touchscreen, which allows for human fingers to operate a touchscreen. Before then, previous touchscreen smartphones by other brands used resistive touchscreen technology, which could only be operated using a stylus. Apple’s finger-operated touchscreen as introduced in the first iPhone was the big revolution that the smartphone world needed. It was a hit.

Suddenly, older touchscreen smartphones felt like relics. Other smartphones used hardware QWERTY keyboards and made splashes for a few more years but eventually the pull of capacitive touchscreens saw them become an endangered species. The world embraced capacitive touchscreen smartphones. Today, all smartphone makers have embraced it.

The first iPhone also led a revolution with the app store. Again, Apple wasn’t the first with an app store; Nokia had app stores on its Symbian smartphones before the iPhone arrived. But those older app stores lacked the cohesion of Apple’s app store. And so it was, once again, that the Apple App Store kick-started a revolution on how things should be done.

iPhone models are reputed for software support years after their release – sometimes for 6 years. Not only that, all eligible models, no matter their age, get each software update immediately it is released. This is the definitive edge that Apple iPhones have over other types of smartphones.

Apple iPhones do not come cheap, but it can be argued that you are paying upfront for those years of support. And that would be a fair argument.

One iPhone model that shaped the future of the iPhone was the iPhone 6. Its iconic design was loved and became a delight of millions of users around the world. iPhone 6 was so loved that the question, “When is the iPhone 7 coming out?” was on the lips of iPhone lovers for months.

And it was that iconic design of the iPhone 6 that has been adapted into many future generations, including iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and the budget iPhone SE range up to 2022. The regular iPhone lineup deviated from that design, adopting one without a Home button, starting from iPhone X.

Apple iPhone Battery Life

For many years, iPhones had a bad reputation for poor battery life. A common joke among Android phone users was that iPhone users were almost always tethered to a power socket. Many iPhone users had to carry power banks around to compensate for the poor battery life of their devices. The iPhone 13 Pro Max changed this narrative. With a 4352mAh battery, it delivered exemplary battery life that rivalled the best of the competition.

The other iPhone 13 models didn’t live up to that expectation, though: the iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and SE 2022 all retained the less than average battery life of their predecessors.

iPhone History: All Models Released Till Date

This list provides a history of iPhone models ever released and the years they went on sale.

  • iPhone – 2007 (the first iPhone)
  • iPhone 3G – 2008
  • iPhone 3GS – 2009
  • iPhone 4 – 2010
  • iPhone 4s – 2011
  • iPhone 5 – 2012
  • iPhone 5C – 2013
  • iPhone 5s – 2013
  • iPhone 6 – 2014
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 2014
  • iPhone 6s – 2015
  • iPhone 6s Plus – 2015
  • iPhone SE – 2016
  • iPhone 7 – 2016
  • iPhone 7 Plus – 2016
  • iPhone 8 – 2017
  • iPhone 8 Plus – 2017
  • iPhone X – 2017
  • iPhone XR – 2018
  • iPhone XS – 2018
  • iPhone XS Max – 2018
  • iPhone 11 – 2019
  • iPhone 11 Pro – 2019
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – 2019
  • iPhone SE 2020 – 2020
  • iPhone 12 Mini – 2020
  • iPhone 12 – 2020
  • iPhone 12 Pro – 2020
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max – 2020
  • iPhone 13 Mini – 2021
  • iPhone 13 – 2021
  • iPhone 13 Pro – 2021
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max – 2021
  • iPhone SE 2022 – 2022
  • iPhone 14 – 2022
  • iPhone 14 Plus – 2022
  • iPhone 14 Pro – 2022
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max – 2022

When did the iPhone 7 come out?

iPhone 7 was announced with a 4.7-inch Retina display and iOS 10. It was released in September 2016.

When did the iPhone 8 come out?

Apple iPhone 8 was announced with iOS 11 in September 2017. It was released that same month.

When did the iPhone X come out?

iPhone X was announced in September 2017, and released in November of the same year. It shipped with iOS 11 out of the box. It is also known as iPhone 10, or iPhone Ten.

When did the iPhone 9 come out?

Apple never released an iPhone 9. The company skipped from iPhone 8 and 8 Plus to iPhone X.

When did the iPhone SE come out?

The original iPhone SE was released in March 2016, as an affordable option for iPhone lovers. It shipped with iOS 9.

When did iPhone 11 come out?

iPhone 11 was announced and released in September 2019. It shipped with iOS 13.

When did iPhone 12 come out?

iPhone 12 was released, with iOS 14, in October 2020.

When did iPhone 13 come out?

Apple iPhone 13 was released in September 2021 and shipped with iOS 15.

When is iPhone 14 coming out?

iPhone 14 will be announced in September or October 2022, and will ship with iOS 16.

When is iPhone 15 coming out?

Apple iPhone 15 will be announced and released in September or October 2023, and will ship with iOS 17.

When did iPhone SE 2022 come out?

The new iPhone SE 2022 has 5G connectivity and was announced and released in March 2022.

What is the cheapest Apple iPhone right now?

The iPhone SE 2022 is the cheapest current model, launching at $420. Of course, if you are willing to buy an older iPhone, you can still find the Apple iPhone SE 2nd generation from 2020 for as low as $330.

Can my Apple iPhone go under water?

The most resistance that any iPhone models have is an IP68 dust/water resistant. This provides protection for your iPhone for diving up to 6m for a maximum period of 30 minutes. It is adequate for swimming in a shallow pool.

Can my iPhone receive a fax?

iPhones are not manufactured with fax capabilities built-in. So no; your iPhone cannot receive or send a fax.

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