How the iPhone is still pushing the frontiers of technology 10 years on
Ten years ago the mobile phone-using public had been used to ever reducing handsets – folding right down to the fashionable clamshell.
Calling and texting were king, and the smaller the phone model the better.
That, of course, was before Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s iPhone on June 29, 2007, delivering a new dimension in digital technology.
Phones no longer existed solely in the realms of calls and texts – high-functioning cameras, apps, data optimisation and touch screen very quickly came to be taken for granted as part of the package.
One thing is for sure, whether you are a fan of the Apple brand or not, there is no denying the huge impact the iPhone has had on the mobile phone market.
How Apple kept innovating through 10 years of the iPhone
The original model featured a 2 megapixel camera and came in 4GB and 8GB models, costing $499 and $599 respectively.
But…you couldn’t cut and paste, it was 2G – and there was no app store!
One year later and storage had doubled, costs had halved and the iPhone 3G heralded the true start of the smart phone internet revolution. GPS also allowed location services to be used.
Costs continued to be driven down, while speed and storage capacity increased – to as much as 64GB.
Facetime was unleashed with the iPhone 4 in 2010, making video chats an easily accessible option for smart phone users.
It was the iPhone 5s that saw a return to pushing the functionality of mobile technology, bringing in touch ID and movement data capabilities to allow health and fitness apps to track movement.
This was followed by digital payment technology and improvements to speed and usability in the following two years.
The focus shifted to wireless technology in 2016 as Apple phased out the audio jack and provided wireless headphone ear buds.
iPhone 8 – Highstreets hot topic or massive FLOP?
All eyes were on the announcement of the 10th anniversary iPhone keynote. It saw the launch of 3 new models, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X models.
The key design changes have been injected in to the iPhone X , but with a later launch date of November for this particular handset, the buzz around the lesser iPhone 8 has taken a hit and definitely not mirrored that of previous years and previous models.
As they arrived in store this morning we were eager to see the all-new glass design and examine the new space grey, silver and gold finishes in the flesh. They are very nice indeed and the wireless charging is impressive.
However, customer feedback is the increase in price for the iPhone 8 versus the specification enhancements do not stack up. Many less die-hard apple fans have reverted to the iPhone 7, refusing to pay the excess for little in terms of improved particulars.
If you would like to examine the differences for yourself and give us your opinion, pop along and see us in store or check out our iPhone comparison page.
Pre-order your new iPhone X
In reverse, the iPhone X has whet the appetite of the masses. Even with the hefty price tag, circa £1K, people have not been deterred.
With official pre-order not available until late October here at M-Viron the enquiries are already coming thick and fast.
If you don’t want to miss out on bagging the 10th anniversary edition of this iconic piece of technology, act fast.
Make sure you are at the front of the queue when Apple releases its 10th anniversary model iPhone X – pre-order with M-Viron today, call 01785 286666 and secure yours in advance.
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