The evolution of the iPhone

evolution of the iphone

With September just around the corner, that can only mean one thing – the iPhone 8 release is almost upon us! But, this year is no ordinary occasion; it’s Apple’s 10th anniversary. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole decade since the first generation iPhone changed the mobile world as we know it. It’s even harder to believe where it all began.

To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to take a look back at the evolution of the iPhone from its inception in 2007, right up until the latest model. How many of these have you owned?

The original iPhone

first generation iPhone

The original iPhone launched in 2007 and was quickly hailed as the new standard in phones. It was available with 4GB and 16GB of storage and featured a small 3.5in screen with a modest 2MP camera. While the introduction of multitouch features was a lauded innovation, it was dubbed too expensive to do well. But, it defied its critics to become an instant success.

iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3G

Mobile internet only truly became usable on iPhones with the iPhone 3G in 2008. As the name implies, it had 3G internet which you could actually use to connect to the internet on the go – a huge deal at the time – while also being able to connect to GPS to allow for real time map tracking. With this connectivity available, Apple introduced the App Store.

In 2009, Apple released the 3GS. With the App Store came demands for more memory and so the 32GB option became available and the camera was upgraded to a whopping 3MP. This upgrade was also significantly faster than the original 3G and also had the impressive new feature of – wait for it – video recording.

iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S

iphone 4 and 4s

In 2010, the world of iPhones changed forever with the dawn of the front facing camera. Selfies had arrived! This also had the nifty side effect of allowing the new FaceTime video chat feature to be released. The iPhone 4 also boosted the camera again, this time to a whole 5MP, added a gyroscope, and introduced the high-resolution ‘Retina’ screen which was to last until the iPhone 6.

2011 saw the release of the iPhone 4S and another massive leap forward. This time introducing their first dual core processor, upgrading their camera to a decent 8MP as well as making a new 64GB version available. This phone was their first to allow for 1080p recording. Not only that but this phone saw the launch of Siri – though we all know how well Siri worked back in 2011.

iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S

iPhone 5, 5s, 5c

The iPhone 5 launched in 2012 and, for the first time in 5 years, the iPhone got bigger. Not only that but the iPhone 5 was also faster and slimmer and boasted great LTE connectivity to make mobile internet much faster allowing for good quality video streaming. This was also when they first introduced their lightning connector to improve charging.

The next phones to be released were the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S in 2013. While the 5C remained essentially the same as the 5 just with a more affordable plastic design, the 5S was another leap forward with their new motion data processor, the M7, which opened up new movement possibilities for fitness apps and even saved battery power. It also introduced Touch ID fingerprint reading and a dual flash.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S

iphone 6 and 6s

2014 saw the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit the shelves and the iPhone got bigger once more with a 4.7” screen and 5.5” screen respectively. They also upgraded to a new HD display and introduced a more powerful A8 processor. Not only this but 128GB phones finally became available.

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus introduced 3D touch when they launched in 2015 as well as a vastly improved 12MP iSight camera, a 5MP front camera, and – importantly – an aluminum frame to protect against bending.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

iphone 7 and 7 plus

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are famous for eliminating the audio jack, but that was not the only change seen when they launched in 2016. They boast quad core processors, an A10 fusion chip, and a dual camera that gives improved zoom while taking impressive portraits using depth of field. This phone was the first iPhone to be offered in 256GB.

The iPhone has progressed in leaps and bounds, especially during from the base model to the S model, and it’s almost time for another leap forward with the iPhone 8. With persistent rumours of wireless charging and 3D facial recognition, we’re sure that it won’t disappoint!