The 10-year evolution of the iPhone

“Early in January 2007, then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs stood onstage in San Francisco to unveil a tiny rectangle that changed the way the world communicates,” Mike Murphy writes for Quartz.

“Over the last decade, Apple has gone on to sell more than 1.2 billion iPhones, and many have high hopes for the company’s tenth-anniversary device, which it will likely announce next month,” Murphy writes. “Before the launch event, here’s a quick look at how the iPhone has changed over the past 10 years.”

“The original iPhone wasn’t without its flaws. It didn’t have 3G data, or GPS, both of which were introduced a year later with the iPhone 3G. The second iPhone also replaced the aluminum-and-plastic back for a solid piece of curved plastic,” Murphy writes. “A year after that, Apple introduced the lifecycle that its phone launches have followed since, unveiling the iPhone 3GS… [iPhone 4 was] arguably Apple’s nicest-looking phone (according to my very unscientific poll), the glass-backed device was prone to shattering on dropping, and would drop calls if you held it a certain way, but it had the sharpest screen on the market at the time, the first front-facing camera on an iPhone (long live the selfie), and the first to be available on US networks other than just AT&T.”

Read more, and see all of the iPhone models in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The one that started it all:

Apple's revolutionary iPhone
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone


  1. “What’s hard for people to remember, and this is good I think, going back to pre-iPhone there was no app market for apps on phones. Phones were sold in truly walled gardens. The thought that a developer could make an app for a phone was unheard-of.
    Apple enjoyed the success it did with the iPod because the Japanese consumer-electronics companies couldn’t make the leap to create the software. If you looked at handsets it looked very similar, the handset manufacturers got their hardware down, but they hadn’t been able to make the leap to software. The usual suspects tried to copy the hardware, and it took them sometime. But the software was at least five years ahead of anything we’d seen out there. We were bringing breakthrough software to a mobile device for the first time. We were gonna enter a very competitive market, with a lot of players, we had the best product in the world, and we were gonna go for it and see if we could get 1 percent market share, and go from there. We had been innovating like crazy for the last few years on this, and boy, have we patented it. We filed over 200 patents for all the inventions in iPhone.”

    Excerpt from: “Steve Jobs: The Unauthorized Autobiography”

  2. My main reason for buying the iPhone 3G was the calendar (still my favorite app), which replaced my Palm TX. Almost ten years later I’m still a satisfied iPhone owner and am looking forward to seeing what might replace my trusty 6+ in the near future.

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