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The evolution of the smartphone: how to determine your iPhone models

Today, the iPhone is an integral part of our everyday lives. The gadget is a marvel of the Technical and the ultimate product with that the digitization of many areas of life really started to take off! We use the device with the bright and high-resolution display daily from morning to evening to do a variety of tasks. Think of it with tons of apps - small programs dedicated to specific topics such as running apps - the smartphone increases our productivity a thousandfold. The phone function of the device is almost incidental. The gadget is always there and in many people permanently in use. Not even Steve Jobs, the inventor of the iPhone, probably figured that out when he introduced this innovative device to the public a decade ago. In the year 2007 has the electronics company Apple Launched the first smartphone of this groundbreaking series. And many of us are wondering today: was that really ten years ago? When we look at the evolution of the iPhone, it becomes clear to us: yes, ten years brought ten groundbreaking innovations.

The borderless display of the iPhone X is already a force. Photo: Pixabay
The borderless display of the iPhone X is already a force. Photo: Pixabay

So far 18 different iPhone models since 2007

From Apple's iPhone have been presented since the year 2007 18 different versions. The current models are from the September 2017. Since they were presented in a memorable keynote by the current Apple CEO Tim Cook. The gadgets are the futuristic new iPhone X and the two models iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. We are currently using the iPhone 8 Plus in the endurance test. Das iPhone X is currently still hard to buy and will be tested by us later.

The electronics company Apple has made history with the iPhone. In the year 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone at a memorable presentation as he led the audience by the nose: at that time he pretended to introduce three new devices. An iPod, a web browser and a telephone. Only later did the audience realize that this was just a new product: the first iPhone. In addition to the three features, this innovative new pocket-sized computer has been completely dispensed with a mechanical keyboard. The device was operated via a virtual keyboard on the screen. For that time a sensation and a world first. No cellphone manufacturer had dared to do that before. The risk pays off. The iPhone started a sensational success story that continues today.

A short history of Apple's iPhone

As early as the beginning of the 2000, inventor genius Steve Jobs had begun to develop the idea for a device with a touch display that was not only high-resolution, but also served as a computer keyboard. Jobs wanted to build a tablet first, but then decided on a phone. The Apple tablet followed in the year 2010 in the form of at least as innovative iPad.

2004 then started the concrete development of the product. In the following years, the rumors became more and more concrete that a cell phone from Apple should come onto the market. Already in the years 2005 and 2006 many fans of the cult brand Apple waited for the supposedly soon appearing mobile phone.

In the year 2007 it was time. The first iPhone was on 9. January 2007 presented at the Mac World Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Company boss Jobs personally introduces the new device. He showed that in this new, innovative gadget an iPod, a phone and an Internet browser have been combined. The advantage of the digital keyboard was obvious: while it was not in use, it was hiding and made more room for everything else that could be shown on the display. The fans were beside themselves and full of anticipation for the new product from Apple.

It took almost half a year from then on to sell the iPhones in the United States to 2007 in June. From then on, the iconic images of people standing in front of Apple stores, camping and trying to get hold of an iPhone were seen for the first time.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus in matte black: The protruding dual camera makes razor-sharp pictures. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
Apple iPhone 7 Plus in matte black: The protruding dual camera makes razor-sharp pictures. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

Order of iPhones from 2007 to today

The first iPhone is introduced by Steve Jobs

18 different models of the iPhone are still available today. It all began in 2007 with the first iPhone, the novel keyboardless keyboard and Apple-style design that looked as if it had been cut in one piece. It should be the beginning of a memorable success story of smartphones.

2008: iPhone 3G appears

After the first iPhone, about a year later in July, 2008 launched the iPhone 3G. Many people who had hesitated on the first Apple phone, now attacked. The device had a more modern design and a back of black plastic, which was designed in a sophisticated lacquer look.

2009: iPhone 3GS comes on the market

Another year later, 2009 followed the iPhone 3GS, which came up with a better camera and a noticeably faster processor. While the 3G frequently hooked up with the newer iOS operating system, 3GS ran smoothly over several generations of iOS. In fact, the "S" was in the name for "speed". To this day, traditionally follows a newly introduced iPhone generation another model series called "S" for Speed.

2010: iPhone 4 becomes a bestseller

A real bestseller was the 2010 featured iPhone 4. Thus, Apple finally made the breakthrough as a manufacturer of smartphones and mobile phones. The phone has already been sold 1,7 million times within three days and became a hit in the months that followed. The model got a detailed redesign and now had a metal frame, a glass back and a high-resolution so-called retina display. The term Retina is intended to express that the individual pixels in the display can no longer be recognized by the naked eye.

The iPhone 4S is becoming a bestseller. Photo: Pixabay
The iPhone 4S is becoming a bestseller. Photo: Pixabay

2011: iPhone 4S is the latest model from Steve Jobs

One year later, the iPhone 4s traditionally came and introduced Siri for the first time in October 2011. The virtual assistant Siri accompanies us in the iPhone until today and is still constantly being improved by Apple.

2012: The iPhone 5 is getting longer

For the five-year anniversary came out the iPhone 5. The device was first resized and had a larger, mostly longer screen. The curious thing was that the display was simply stretched out in order to ensure the best possible usability with the fingers. The customers took it with mixed feelings, because the display form seemed a bit unnatural. It was clear that this could only be a transitional model.

2013: The iPhone 5S can be unlocked with TouchID

The following year, the sequel followed with the "S" designation, the iPhone 5S, which for the first time introduced the fingerprint sensor Touch ID and a faster processor. In addition to the iPhone 5s came a cheaper model, an iPhone 5c on the market to address with his cheaper plastic construction to another group of buyers.

2014: The biggest redesign comes with the iPhone 6 (Plus)

The biggest change in the iPhone since the 2007 product began in September was 2014, which introduced the iPhone 6, which was first released in 4,7 inches with a larger screen. And as an iPhone 6 Plus with a sheer huge 5,5 inch panel. These new models with the larger displays also became a bestseller for which the Apple fans camped in front of the stores. In a modified form, the design of today's iPhones has much in common with the shapes of the iPhone 6.

2015: The iPhone 6S (Plus) with the firm handshake

On the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus followed - who would have suspected - the iPhone 6S (Plus). It was equipped with faster processor and 3D Touch. The latter can be activated by a courageous pressure on the display and triggers an additional action such as calling up a menu.

March 2016: The iPhone SE sees the light of day

Half a year later, followed by a renewed small iPhone in 4 inches: the iPhone SE. This device was again based on the previous model 5S, but had the technical specifications of the 6er series.

September 2016: The iPhone 7 (Plus)

In the year 2016 then follows the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We extensively tested the iPhone 7 Plus, It was characterized mainly by its dual camera, which consisted of a wide-angle lens and a zoom lens. In addition, the device was like almost every year powered by a new, faster processor. The design hardly changed: there was This iPhone for the first time in matte black, with which, however, there were paint problems. Many users had trouble peeling paint on the iPhone 7 Plus.

With dual camera, better battery and the new Home Button, the iPhone 7 Plus is at the start. What are the new features and worth the purchase?
With dual camera, better battery and the new Home Button, the iPhone 7 Plus is at the start. What are the new features and worth the purchase?

iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus: The biggest innovation since the arrival of smartphones

Then in the year 2017 followed the great innovation: Ten years after the first Apple smartphone not only the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus was presented, which were a direct successor of the iPhone 7. Also the iPhone X (endurance test) was presented. It has a borderless display and a back of glass for wireless charging of the battery., Where the smartphone is only placed on a battery pad. The display combines state-of-the-art OLED technology and the dual camera is arranged vertically for the first time. Both the iPhone 8 (Plus) and the iPhone X are powered by the best ever processor for mobile phones, the A11 Bionic Chip, which also enables Augmented Reality (AR) applications. At the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus are unfortunately scratches in the glass on the agenda. moreover the iPhone X has a problem with branding the OLED display, We compared the three models: iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 Plus - Which is the better choice for whom?

Wireless charging: Wireless charging works smoothly from the start. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
Wireless charging: Wireless charging works smoothly from the start. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

iPhone X (Plus) 2018: Is the rimless trio coming?

Even now the rumor mill seethes, which iPhones 2018 will come on the market. Similar to on the eagerly awaited iPad Pro 2018 There will also be pioneering new iPhones. It should be a bigger iPhone X Plus an improved iPhone X and a conventional iPhone with a borderless LCD display. We can really look forward to how the history of the iPhone continues to develop.

Distinguishing features of an iPhone

The iPhone is a rectangular case with an 16: 9 screen integrated in the front. The device has rounded corners and a four sides of the housing, where there are various controls such as the on / off switch, the volume up and down button and a mute button. Below the display is on all iPhones with the exception of the new X-model, the so-called HomeButton, with which you can control the device. Current iPhones have three speakers. Two at the bottom of the case, along with a Lightning connector for charging the device and a speaker at the level of the pinna. The devices also have two cameras: a facetime camera on the front for self-portraits and video telephony, and a particularly high-resolution camera on the back, which can be used as a full-fledged camera. New iPhones are crammed with sensors: they have a fingerprint sensor (touch ID sensor), ambient light sensor, accelerometer, barometer for pressure, electromagnetic sensor, GPS, Bluetooth (no sensor in the true sense), gyroscope, microphone, proximity sensor and many more. The iPhone X also has a sophisticated facial recognition sensor called FaceID, which is composed of several cameras and sensors. The iPhone is a fascinating technical marvel, thought through from start to finish!

The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available in three different colors: Space Gray, White and Rose Gold. Photo: Apple
The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available in three different colors: Space Gray, White and Rose Gold. Photo: Apple

Powered by the mobile operating system iOS

What would the iPhone be without iOS? The mobile operating system, which was not only developed for the iPhone, but also for the iPad and the iPod Touch, is the heart of the Apple smartphone. Until 2010 it was called iPhone OS and then with the iPad OS of the iPads merged into iOS. Also the operating system for the Apple TV - tvOS - and the system for the Apple Watch - watchOS - are based on iOS. The system for iPads and iPhones was just too similar to justify two different variants.

The operating system is based on the use of apps, which are positioned on a surface, the so-called home screen. The operation of iOS should be as simple as possible. On the iPhone therefore the home screen is displayed, which is also referred to as Springboard and starting point for the various programs, so-called apps, is.

The operating system controls the entire smartphone. The basis for this are the apps that run on the iPhone and each fulfill a specific purpose. An app serves, for example, to send messages. Another indicates the weather and another is for news. The App Store now has programs for every conceivable purpose. Thousands of apps vie for the interest of users. Programs for writing, communicating, social media, productivity, and many other areas of daily life are portrayed in apps. Previously, iOS was synced exclusively through the Mac iTunes program. Today, iOS is largely independent of it. However, the iPhone can be restored via iTunes. The iOS operating system currently has the eleventh version with iOS 11.1.

The future of the iPhone

Of course, the development remains of the smartphone not stand with the current iPhone X. The borderless display is already present. For the future, all well-known manufacturers and so Apple have much planned. Supposedly, there will soon be foldable smartphones, which fold up like a sheet of paper for your pocket. In addition, all manufacturers are working to make the smartphone obsolete. As a successor of the iPhone itself, a virtual reality glasses (VR glass) is traded, with the Augmented Reality (AR) can be displayed and integrated the previous smartphone experience even more closely into everyday life. This should appear within the next few years. Until then, we look forward to many more, exciting iPhone models and many great innovations.