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Swiping Through a Decade: The Evolution of Apple iPhone

Apple is ready to redefine the smartphone market yet again with the launch of iPhone 7. As the big day approaches, it is certainly getting difficult to potential buyers to contain their excitement. Here’s a sneak peek into what is expected of the San Francisco launch on 7th September 2016.

iPhone 7 Piano Black
                                                                         iPhone 7

While the upgraded version (11th generation) of Apple iPhone is likely to look similar to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, there may be some noteworthy differences that will set the bar higher than ever.

  • The camera is likely to be upgraded for sharper pictures and low-light capabilities. The 4.7 inch device (iPhone 7) will have a single-lens camera bigger than iPhone 6S, while the 5.5 inch handset (iPhone 7 Plus) may have a camera with dual lenses for advanced picture quality.
  • The dual lens camera will have a wide-angle as well as a telephoto lens with 12 MP sensors.
  • There may be a pressure-sensitive home button with ‘3D Touch’ display so users won’t need to actually press the button. It would make use of haptic feedback and respond.
  • The 3.5mm headphone jack will be completely removed this time. It is to be replaced with wireless headphones called Lightning EarPods or AirPods, featuring Bluetooth connectivity.
  • The upcoming phone is most likely to be unveiled with a bigger battery than the preceding phones.
  • The phones will be available with 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage options.
  • This generation is expected to be water-resistant, much like Apple’s arch rival Samsung.

So yes, we are as eager as any other Apple lover. And while we wait for hours to pass, here’s a recap of a dynamic decade that saw the genesis of one of the most popular smartphones.

iPhone 1

On 9th January 2007 in San Francisco, the original iPhone was released across the US. It was iPhone 1, the first generation that was made available to people in June 2007 (US) and November 2007 (UK). It was three devices in one: a revolutionary phone, a mobile web browser and the domestic touch-screen iPod. The phone had a 3.5 inch screen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 8 GB storage and a 2 MP built-in camera.

iPhone 3G and 3GS

Then came the iPhone 3G in July 2008. It had high-speed internet connectivity with 3G in its moniker. This second generation phone was thinner in shape, had a 3.5 inch screen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, a plastic back but most importantly, supported the newly developed App Store! The iPhone era earnestly commenced from here on. This was followed by third generation iPhone 3GS in June 2009. The upgrade resulted in faster performance; the handset provided an improved 3.2 MP camera for both photos and videos, you had the option for extra storage and then, there was voice control (the ancestor of Siri).

iPhone 4 and 4S

June 2010 saw the launch of iPhone 4, the fourth generation. This was a major enhancement with a flat design, integrated antenna, a high-resolution (640 x 960 pixels) Retina display and the 5 MP camera with high definition. Of course, this was soon met with the upgraded fifth generation of iPhone 4S in October 2011 which saw internal performance improvements. It had an 8 MP camera (with 1080p video recording). It also gave birth to Siri.

 

iPhone 5, 5S and 5C

In September 2012, the sixth generation was released with a larger screen size. The new iPhone 5 was lighter with a 4 inch screen of 640 x 1136 pixels. Next year in September, Apple unveiled the seventh generation of its smartphone with iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. 5C was comparatively cheaper than 5S and had plastic-backed body. 5S was hot for its freshly introduced Gold color, improved camera and the fingerprint reader under its home button.

iPhone 6/6 Plus and 6S/6S Plus

 
Introduced in September 2014, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus marked the eighth generation in the series. Interestingly, the two iPhones broke the Apple’s previous records for pre-orders in the first night of availability. Smoothly rounded edges and colored metal backs (Silver, Gold, Space Grey), this product brought the maximum design alterations since the leap from iPhone 4S to iPhone 5. The screen size expanded to 4.7 inches and resolution increased to 1334 x 750 pixels with high pixel density at 326ppi. And as we know, iPhone 6 Plus went even bigger with a 5.5 inch display, making it a full HD phablet with 1920 x 1080 pixels and a density of 401ppi.

The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were released in September 2015. Most Apple users are holding on to these handsets like the love of our lives and won’t let go, not until we have iPhone 7 to hold. The ninth generation was built on the previous one to bring internal improvements, keeping the same physical attributes. However, the Rose Gold color became quite the vogue and since this color was not available previously, its possession ensured you could show off without telling. Maybe this is the reason Apple is likely to launch an all-new color of the iPhone 7 – Piano Black. You want to own it to show your trendiness. But this color may be limited in stock and may be released with the highest storage options (128 GB and 256 GB).

iPhone SE

 

The tenth and the most recent generation of iPhone was launched in March this year and adopts the physical features from iPhone 5S. And yet, it feels premium to touch. The model has 64 GB storage, iOS 9 software and 12 MP rear camera. It currently offers longer battery life than any iPhone available in the market. This is till Wednesday, of course.

iPhone 7 launches on September 7. Is 7 going to be Apple’s lucky number? Let's wait and see.


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