When Apple introduced the first iPhone on the 9th of January, 2007, it stated that it had successfully combined three devices- a desktop connected with Internet, a mobile, and a wide- screen iPod. Steve Jobs, the co- founder of Apple said that the iPhone was 5 years ahead of any and every mobile phone existing then. iPhone 1 had a display of 3.5” with a 2MP camera, over 250 films and over 5000 music videos, access to over 350 iTunes’ shows. Its 4GB version cost $499 and its 8GB version cost$599 then.
The iPhone 3G was released in June 2008. Apple claimed that it has twice the speed at just half the price. The 8GB model was now priced at $199 and the 16GB one was priced at $299 along with an AT&T contact for two years. It boasted of ability to use EDGE, 3G and WiFi as per availability, a built- in GPS and support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. The iPhone 3G brought into existence the new Apple App Store, which allowed its users access to over hundreds of apps from third parties. It also provided a cloud- based solution for email, calendar and contacts updates called MobileMe. The App Store today has over 650,000 apps.
The iPhone 3GS, launched in June 2009 had speed almost twice that of 3G, a 3MP camera, longer battery life, hands free voice control and video recording. Addressing a problem posed by its users, Apple added the ability to cut, copy and to paste. The freedom of the voice control allowed users to command their iPhone. They obviously did not expect loud answers but did provide a good experience. The iPhone 3GS’s 16GB model was then priced at $199 while its 32GB one was priced at $299, also offering AT&T contracts alongside.
The iPhone 4 was slimmer and had a 3.5” display too. It brought in features like Retina display and FaceTime to bring in high resolution into its display. It was launched in June 2010. It worked on the A4 processor, the first original CPU by Apple on account of it purchasing PA semiconductor, a 5MP camera with HD video recording and a talk time of over 40% longer. After 8 months, Verizon began sales of a CDMA version of iPhone4, which brought an end to Apple’s relationship with AT&T. The design of the iPhone 4 was dramatic as its once plastic body was now made of aluminosilicate glass, which was much more scratch resistant and stronger, with a band of stainless steel. The rates remained the same.
The iPhone 4S was soon introduced in October 2011, with a fast dual core A5 chip that has 7 times of the graphics speed and 2 times of the processing power of the iPhone 4, keeping the battery life the same. Audience expected NFC technology and $G LTE but were disappointed. It brought in Siri, which could reply audibly and update calendars, search items on Google, remind events to users and inform users of availability of products and weather forecasts. The camera was now 8MP. iCloud and iOS 5 were also incorporated to allow easier access and storage of data. The rates of the 16 and 32 GB models did not change. A 64GB one was introduced for $399. Sprint came into the picture too. The iPhone 5 is also expected to be available with US Cellular and T-Mobile.
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