The iPhone is the talk of the town, or rather of the world, the digital universe. This hi-tech device has already lived through five generations, and it’s not the end! IPhone features include a portable media player, a video camera, a camera phone, an Internet client, a Wi-Fi module, 2G and 3G and some others.
The gadget is notable for its user-friendly interface thanks to the device’s multi-touch screen which includes a virtual keyboard. As for the software, one of the five major releases of iOS is installed on each device. If you want to add more functions, you should go to the App Store. It’s a collection of over 500000 applications specially developed for the iPhone. Their functions range from games to social networking.
The history of the iPhone began in 2005 when Apple engineers started investigating touch screens. During the researches Apple collaborated with AT&T Mobility (Cingular Wireless at the time). Thirty months of hard work and an estimated development cost of 150 million dollars yielded the iPhone. The first device was revealed to the public on January 9, 2007. Its release came as a bombshell and caused thousands of people to line up outside the stores nationwide. The original iPhone initially went on sale in 3 countries – the UK, France and Germany in November, 2007, and then it was released in Austria and Ireland in the spring of 2008. What did the original device look like? What features did it offer?
The first Apple iPhone had a 3.5 inches (89 mm) glass multi-touch touchscreen display and 5 physical buttons which could also be found in devices of newer generations. A metal frame was highly durable as it was made of chrome. Aluminum was the material of the frame back; there was also a black plastic base which, compared to metal, let through cellular and Wi-Fi signals. As for the software, Apple doesn’t release updates of the OS for the original iPhone anymore; its final official firmware version was iPhone OS 3.1.3.
The successor of the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, a representative of the second generation of smartphones, was released on June 9, 2008. Although the device was internally similar to its predecessor, there were some new hardware features which included tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, 3G data and Assisted GPS. Developers created iPhone OS 2.0 specially for the device. Among its features were push-email and turn-by-turn navigation. The App Store, Apple’s new distribution platform for third-party applications, was introduced. The iPhone 3GS resembled its predecessor very much; however, there were several innovations. The device was equipped with a faster processor, a compass and a higher resolution camera which enabled a user to record videos at 480p.
Soon the time for the iPhone 4 came – it was released on June 24, 2010. A rear-facing camera (720p video) and a front facing one designed for such apps like Face-Time and Skype were what made the device remarkable. In addition to that, the gadget could boast a higher-resolution 960 × 640 display.
The iPhone 4S featured an 8-megapixel camera that provided much higher recording quality – 1080p. The list of new features is quite big, it includes video stabilization, face detection, a natural language voice control system Siri, GLONASS support. A faster, dual core processor provided stable work of the device. The two phone standards GSM/UMTS and CDMA became available on one chip.
Now all the digital community is looking forward to the release of the iPhone 5. According to AllThingsD, a presentation is allegedly to take place in September; iMore has more precise information – according to this source, the presentation will be held on September 12, 2012. However, the presentation topic is still unknown.
A few days ago Japanese iLab Factory published some photos of the supposed iPhone 5 which was assembled by their journalists who allegedly got components belonging to the iPhone 5. According to those photos, the display of the representative of the sixth generation has become larger. The places of a microphone and a loudspeaker are different from those of the iPhone 4S. The camera module has increased in size. The 19-pin dock connector is evidently smaller that that of the predecessor.
Nevertheless, you shouldn’t trust all the information being reported on the iPhone 5 now, because things will get clearer in Semptember. But one thing remains obvious. It’s not the end of the iPhone history. To be continued.