Ten years ago today, Apple’s first ever iPhone went on sale and it changed the smartphone industry forever. Apple is famous for nailing the basics and that is what made the iPhone what it is today. Apple said the technology should be easy to use. When the first iPhone was launched, it had very mediocre specifications compared to the competition. The Nokia N95 was 3G compatible, had 5MP primary camera, QVGA Secondary camera, and T9 keyboard. The iPhone, on the other hand, came with the dated 2G network, below the average 2MP camera, no secondary camera, and it was the first ever touch screen phone without any stylus. Apple decided to focus on the software.
|Display||3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (~165 ppi pixel density)|
|CPU||412 MHz ARM 11|
128 MB LPDDR
|Connectivity||GSM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 1400 mA·h battery|
|OS||iOS, upgradable to iOS 3.1.3|
|3.5mm Audio Jack||Yes|
Here is what made the iPhone different from the competitors,
- Fully touch sensitive device
- Fluid and responsive user interface
- Implementation of multi-touch that enabled features like pinch to zoom
- Features like inertial scrolling and rubber banding that blew the audience away
- Touch sensitive iTunes application on the smartphone
- Sleek unibody design
- Advanced operating system
- Desktop grade internet browser on the smartphone (Safari)
- Slide to unlock feature
All of that came for a price, When the iPhone was launched it cost $600 that was on contract. Which is ridiculously expensive even by today’s standards. Apple later realised the issue and dropped the price to $400. The next big revolution came when Apple introduced the App store.
Steve Jobs announcing the first iPhone in 2007
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