Welcome To iPhone World

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Apple is arguably the most influential technology company in recent history, and the iPhone is still a top contender in the smartphone world more than six years after its initial release. Where did Apple get inspiration for the iPhone from, and how did it come to be the preferred mobile device of millions of users worldwide? Read on to find out how the iPhone achieved its industry-leading status.

The Beginning

During the "All Things Digital" conference in 2003, Steve Jobs revealed that he believed the future of Apple was in a cellphone and not a tablet PC or traditional PDA. Apple had previously released the Newton PDA to mixed reviews but decided to focus on improving the iPod and iTunes software rather than developing a follow-up to the Newton. Intuitive synchronization between electronic devices was the goal for iTunes at the time, and in 2005, Apple collaborated with Motorola to release the first cellphone to utilize iTunes software, the ROKR E1. The ROKR was not the "it" device Apple had hoped it to be, and Jobs decided to cut ties with Motorola to create an Apple phone that would support iTunes as well as a number of other multimedia features including taking photos, recording audio, video, and more. This secret creation was headed by Sir Jonathan Ive and his team of 1000 workers under the codename "Project Purple" in collaboration with Cingular/AT&T Wireless. At the 2007 Macworld Convention, the iPhone was officially revealed, and it would be released just several months later in June.

iPhone Generations

When the first iPhone came out, thousands of people reportedly camped outside of electronics stores to get their hands on the newest thing on the market. While the technology of the original iPhone was groundbreaking then, Apple continued to evolve its flagship device into even more advanced handsets during the years to come. There are a total of seven generations of iPhones to date, and all use different variants of the IOS operating system. The following is a list of their notable features.

iPhone 1st Gen

  • Debuted June 29, 2007
  • CPU: Samsung 32-bit RISC ARM
  • Display: 3:2 aspect ratio, 3.5" 480x320 px LCD at 163 ppi
  • Memory: 128 MB LPDDR DRAM (137 MHz)
  • Storage: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB
  • Camera: 2-megapixel

iPhone 3G

  • Debuted July 11, 2008
  • CPU: Samsung 32-bit RISC ARM
  • Display: 3:2 aspect ratio, 3.5" 480x320 px LCD at 163 ppi
  • Memory: 128 MB LPDDR DRAM (137 MHz)
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB
  • Camera: 2-megapixel

iPhone 3GS

  • Debuted June 19, 2009
  • CPU: 600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8
  • Display: 3:2 aspect ratio, 3.5" 480x320 px LCD at 163 ppi with hardware spatial dithering
  • Memory: 256 MB LPDDR DRAM (200 MHz)
  • Storage: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB
  • Camera: 3.2-megapixel

iPhone 4

  • Debuted June 24, 2010
  • CPU: 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8
  • Display: 3:2 aspect ratio, 3.5" 960x640 px LCD at 326 ppi
  • Memory: 512 MB LPDDR2 DRAM (200 MHz)
  • Storage: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB
  • Camera: 5-megapixel

iPhone 4S

  • Debuted October 14, 2011
  • CPU: 800 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
  • Display: 3:2 aspect ratio, 3.5" 960x640 px LCD at 326 ppi
  • Memory: 512 MB LPDDR2 DRAM
  • Storage: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB
  • Camera: 8-megapixel

iPhone 5

  • Debuted September 21, 2012
  • CPU: 1.3 GHz dual core Apple A6
  • Display: 16:9 aspect ratio, 4" 1136x640 px LCD at 326 ppi
  • Memory: 1 GB LPDDR2 DRAM
  • Storage: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB
  • Camera: 8-megapixel

iPhone 5S and 5C

  • Debuted September 20, 2013
  • Display: 16:9 aspect ratio, 4" 1136x640 px LCD at 326 ppi
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB (5C), 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB (5S)