The man behind the iPhone vision: Jobs
- Jobs predicted that mobiles would become the most important devices for portable information access.
- He wanted to develop 'excellent synchronization' software for that.
- Steve wanted to explore features of a touchscreen and tablet computers on cellphones and that became iPhone's vision.
- On 9 January 2007 at Macworld convention, Jobs announced the iPhone was to be released later that year and instantly got media's attention.
Apple changes the game, introduced touch with iPhone
- The original iPhone was released in the US on 29 June 2007.
- The original iPhone was launched on AT&T's network only.
- It introduced the unprecedented multi-touch interface, access to a variety of built-in iOS applications and robust mobile internet functionality.
- The first-generation 8GB iPhone was available on a 2-year contract and cost $599 (later lowered down to $399 in September 2007).
iPhone 3G announced; to come with 3G networking
On 11 July 2008, the iPhone 3G hit the American market "complete with 3G networking, better battery life, a slimmer profile, and global positioning system support." It was also released later in 70 other countries.
The all-new iPhone 4
- Jobs unveiled the new iPhone 4 with a 3.5-inch multitouch screen with 960 × 640 resolution. Apple was calling it 'Retina Display'.
- The size was smaller than its predecessor, 34% thinner and slightly heavier.
- Its camera had a bigger sensor, was backlit and with bigger lenses.
- It had a built-in gyroscope, essentially meaning "that it could track movement with a very high precision".
iPhone 5 delivers punch with added awesomeness
- Apart from the iPhone given, this new model had a 4-inch display. The new screen resolution was 1136 x 640.
- The most dynamic improvement was the iPhone's "display features in-cell touchscreen technology, integrating the touch sensors right into the display itself."
- It came with LTE web browsing and 8-hour battery life.
- Apple also added a new Panorama mode to its camera software.
Thinnest, lightest iPhone so far
Mapping 7.6mm in width and 112 grams in weight, iPhone 5 was the "thinnest and lightest iPhone that Apple has ever made", and was created "entirely" out of glass and aluminum.
iPhone 5s: Fingerprint scanning becomes a reality
- The iPhone 5s was released with an upgraded iOS 7 software.
- It came in 3 colors: silver, gold and a new "space gray."
- However, its standout feature was the Touch ID, that scanned and read the fingerprint to unlock the phone.
- iPhone also released iPhone 5c with a polycarbonate body and 5 colours- blue, white, black, pink and yellow on 10 September.
iPhone6: The big boys with large displays
- Apple unveiled its iPhone6 and 6Plus on 9 September 2014.
- It set a record with the pre-orders of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeding 4 million within its first 24 hours of availability.
- These phones were Apple's answer to silence competition with larger displays: 4.7 and 5.5 inches (6 and 6plus respectively).
- Apple upgraded its "cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity".
Apple launches its power gizmos: iPhone6s & 6s Plus
- Apple launched the next generation models of its iPhones-–the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.
- Its most powerful feature is the brand-new 3D Touch display. This enables users to "peek" into the content inside of apps.
- The current versions boast of 2 cameras: iSight camera a new introduction with front-flash.
- The 16/64/128 GB iPhone6s and 6sPlus are pegged at $199/299/399 and $299/399/499 respectively.
Apple cuts CEO Tim Cook's salary for missing sales targets
- Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Tim Cook was penalized for its first sale slump in 15 years with a 15% pay cut.
- Regulatory documents filed on Friday stated the downturns in Apple's revenue and operating profit as the main reason for Cook and other executives' pay cuts.
- Apple sold fewer iPhones for the first time since their inception in 2007.
Apple removes its iCloud Activation Lock
- According to reports, Apple has removed its iCloud Activation Lock website without providing any reasons or clarifications.
- Opening www.icloud.com/activationlock now displays a '404 error' message.
- The website used to help users check if their iPhones were stolen or not; for example, typing the IMEI number of the iPhone and checking the Activation Lock would verify if the iPhones bought were new/stolen.