Then and now

11 Sep 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

With the unveiling of the iPhone 6 in America earlier this week, Y takes a look back at the innovations that have led to Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market



Released in 2007 – iPhone 1st Gen

iPhone1G

Innovative features in this model:

  • Buy/play music in your phone via iTunes
  • Surf via mobile browser over Wi-Fi
  • Watch videos (YouTube)
  • Use of multi-touch screen; no more stylus keypad
  • Run desktop-like OS
  • Navigate candy-coloured app icons via home page
  • More memory and processing power than any other smartphone at the time

Released in 2008 – iPhone 3G

iPhone3G

Innovative features in this model:

  • App Store
  • Tapered edges
  • Assisted GPS
  • Geo-tag photos
  • 3G or HSDPA signal

Released in 2009 – iPhone 3GS

iPhone3GS

Innovative features in this model:

  • Digital compass
  • Voice control for phone/music features
  • Zoom to read text
  • Reverse background colour scheme
  • Edit/enhance photo
  • Shoot video

Released in 2010 iPhone 4

iPhone4

Innovative features in this model:

  • Invite friends to play online games via Game Centre (post-launching)
  • Front-facing camera
  • Video call using FaceTime
  • Create music, podcasts via GarageBand
  • Edit video via iMovie
  • Micro SIM to expand storage
  • Retina Display for finer resolution
  • “A” series system-on-chip for more computing power
  • Aluminosilicate glass which is “20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic”
  • Use of stainless steel for frame
  • Switch between apps
  • Use iPhone as a wireless hotspot  (Verizon)
  • Band between front and back is gone

Released in 2011 iPhone 4S

iPhone4S

Innovative features in this model:

  • Siri
  • Display digital newspapers and magazines in Newstand
  • Use iPhone anywhere in the world (CDMA and GSM)
  • Speech-to-text
  • Take photos while video recording
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Synchronise music, photos, videos via iCloud
  • Send messages to iPod touch and iPad via iMessage
  • Twitter, Facebook integration

Released in 2012 – iPhone 5

iPhone5

Innovative features in this model:

  • Aluminium composite frame for lighter, thinner design
  • LTE support
  • Nano SIM
  • Store Coupons, boarding passes, tickets via Passbook

Released in 2013 – Iphone 5c and 5S

iPhone5S-5C

Innovative features in this model:

  • First mid-range iPhone (5c)
  • New colours: blue, green, pink, yellow (5c)
  • Camera burst mode (5S)
  • Touch ID to unlock phone or authenticate App Store and iTunes purchases (5S)
  • New Sapphire button cover (5S)

Released 2014 – iPhone 6

iPhone6-6plus

We may have to wait a month for the iPhone 6 to hit stores in Oman, but a quick poll around the Y office revealed some of our most wanted features

Most wanted New Features:

  • Sapphire screen
  • Infrared camera
  • New health and fitness tools
  • 3D Images
  • New control tools for home appliances

Most wanted improved features:

  • Improved battery life
  • Bigger screen
  • Better camera
  • Better phone reception
  • More memory


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