2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone, and with this, it just seems fitting to take a look at how the iPhone evolved in the last decade.
There wasn’t a wide selection of apps back in 2007, but the first iPhone could be used to message, email, view maps, surf the web, and listen to music on iTunes. And because at the time, Apple was most popular for their portable music players, the early iPhones had an iPod App.
Thanks to the growth of the App Store today’s iPhones are capable of doing pretty much anything. There’s an app nowadays for everything; from booking flights, to making cashless payments, to watching funny cat videos anywhere there’s a reliable wireless or data connection. Browsing the web has also been drastically improved thanks to better connection speeds and a plethora of new, feature-packed browser apps.
Connecting to the internet on the iPhone back in 2007 wasn’t as quick as it is today, with network providers only capable of broadcasting in 2G data signals. Despite the slow connection speeds available at the time, the first iPhone still became popular for providing a relatively user-friendly mobile browsing experience.
These days, however, 4G connections allow for a much faster browsing experience on the iPhone 7 and all the other new iPhone models. In the UK, iPhone owners can connect via wifi spots courtesy of providers such as EE, Vodafone, and Three. The faster connection speed even allows for VoIP calls and video calls.
One of the biggest disappointments back when the iPhone was first launched was its measly 2MP camera, and the fact that it wasn’t capable of shooting videos. Other phones at the time were able to shoot photos and videos in higher resolutions, making the iPhone less appealing to the budding mobile photographer. The first iPhone didn’t have a front-facing camera either, though “selfies” hadn’t really caught on as a trend yet.
And while other smartphone manufacturers equipped their products with DSLR-like, ultra-high megapixel cameras, Apple stayed sensible with its iSight camera, keeping it at a more than respectable 12MP on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 Plus even has a sophisticated dual camera setup.