Apple’s iPhone marks 10 years of evolution of technology!
10 years ago, Apple revolutionized the technology. And gave the world a concept of “Smartphones”. Apple is still making lives easier for all the users. And mesmerizing the tech-savvy people with its surprising and advanced technology.
Ten years ago today, Apple shipped a wide-screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet device. But it wasn’t three products. It was one product. And we got it, Steve.
We got iPhone.
The phone market were never the same after Apple.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, it was so different from other devices that he had to explain what it was:
“An iPod. A phone. An internet communicator. This is one device, and we are calling it iPhone.”
It turned out to be very popular and hugely influential. Before the iPhone, smartphones either looked like BlackBerries or like the age old Nokia phones.
iPhone transformed mobile industry. BlackBerry and Nokia stated losing their popularity and Microsoft binned its mobile platform altogether.
It changed the way we go online and it transformed Apple too. Thanks to its worldwide sales, Apple is now world’s richest technology company. Apple has been a pioneer of some outstanding technologies. Here’s the list highlighting the best ones:
1. The App Store
“We’re going to put it on every single iPhone.”
Every hardware producer wants their own app store. Apple got there first.
The iPhone was launched without apps. But that decision was quickly reversed. Apple’s approvals process can sometimes seem a bit heavy-handed. But that policy has kept malware and scams away.
The combination of safe apps and low prices encourages people to buy more software, and Apple’s helped drive that by pricing its own apps at exceptionally low prices. £2.99 for Garageband is the software bargain of the century, and it’s a direct link with the Apple-1’s bundling of Apple Basic. As the ads put it back in the 1970s, “our philosophy is to provide software for our machines free or at minimal cost”.
Apple has also now brought the model to OS X.
2. iOS 6
“Maps take a whole new turn.”
The error-strewn Maps launch reshaped the globe. Apple’s replacement for Google Maps came with a lovely interface, turn-by-turn navigation and maps of a strange, not-quite-Earth planet where familiar landmarks morphed into sinister, surreal shapes, long-dead retailers (Our Price) sprang back into existence, half of Cambridge vanished and Leeds was just a confusing mess (which is fair enough, really).
Maps’ errors made it a laughing stock. The mess was satirised by Mad Magazine, which revisited an iconic New Yorker cover and claimed to use Apple Maps data: In its version, New York’s 9th Avenue joined the Champs-Élysées, just down the road from the Sea of Galilee, Kuala Lumpur and Chad. One wag on the London Underground wrote on a poster: “For the benefit of passengers using Apple iOS 6, local area maps are available from the booking office.”
3. Fingerprint Sensor Phones
“Security of the privacy reaches another level.”
Apple gave the world its first fingerprint sensor phone simplifying the lives with a “smartlock”, and also taking the security level to another dimension. The fingerprint sensor of iPhone 5S altered the lives of all the users. The unlocking system became more convenient and easier. Needless to say, it’s always more easier to unlock the phones with just a touch than with the your security code.
4. Phones with no headphone jack
Getting rid of the headphones jack was a great turn towards newer technology and it accomplished certain goals for Apple. It freed up more space inside the iPhone, which is supposedly already being used up for other tech, and it begins shifting technology as a whole away from an analog standard and toward newer, digital alternatives.
Those digital alternatives do have their benefits. Headphones connected by Lightning should be able to deliver higher quality audio than headphones connected over a 3.5mm jack. Of course, that’s been true for as long as there have been Lightning headphones.
This quite possibly marks the beginning of the end of the headphone jack. Many are applauding Apple for taking the plunge. And it’s fair to see this as a step for technological progress.
5. iPhone 8
We’ve already heard an abundance of rumors about the device. So we know what to expect when it comes to design and features.
The iPhone 8 is expected to feature a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are housed. Therefore, Touch ID could be eliminated entirely in favor of robust facial recognition technology, which Apple is confirmed to be working on. There will be no physical Home button on the iPhone 8 and no bezels aside from a small area for the front-facing camera.
It will feature a 5.8-inch display with 5.15 inches of usable area. The rest is for virtual space for the Home button. Hence, a series of gestures may be used to navigate instead of a Home button.
The display itself is said to be a flexible plastic OLED rather than an LCD, allowing Apple to introduce a thinner device that consumes less power and offers a better display with higher contrast ratio and more true to life colors. It will feature a slightly curved 2.5D display that’s similar to the display used in the iPhone 7.
As for the body, Apple is finally moving away from the aluminum used in the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, and SE. Instead it will adopt a glass body that’s similar to the body that was used for the iPhone 4. Like always, the new iPhone Flagship will surprise the users with some advanced technological features.
Therefore, we are anticipating advancement in technology with every flagship and also wait for the world to face an altogether different face of “Smartphones”.