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On 9th January 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone that would shake up the smartphone industry. Job’s described the device as: “A widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device.” ITP.net takes you back to 2007 and looks at how the iPhone has changed.
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2007 iPhone: The introduction of the first ever iPhone saw the device arrive without a physical keyboard, a grid-of-icons layout, a home button and it was Internet-ready.
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2008 iPhone 3G: Apple introduced 3G connectivity, as well as the App Store. App developers were able to build their own applications and also sell them. This generation of the iPhone included GPS navigation and push notifications.
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2009 iPhone 3GS: Apple unveiled the first “S” model, which offered improvements on the last iPhone, such as the ability to copy and paste, and it was also twice as fast as its predecessor, hence the “S” for speed.
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2010 iPhone 4: Apple had stuck to the same shape, but with the iPhone 4 the company redesigned it giving it a square look with rounded corners. The phone also featured Retina display and a front camera, especially for videoing calling on FaceTime.
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2011 iPhone 4S: Using the same design as the iPhone 4, the 4S is remembered as the iPhone which featured Apple’s voice assistant Siri. However, this was also the year Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away.
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2012 iPhone 5: Apple introduced another redesign, this time the iPhone 5 was lighter but had a solid aluminium body, as well as the reversible Lightning port which replaced the 30-pin port.
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2013 iPhone 5C/5S: The iPhone 5C was dubbed as the cheaper, plastic-looking iPhone that came in five different bright colours. The iPhone 5S was on the more expensive end of the iPhone 5 series, as the Home button was embedded with fingerprint recognition technology and a 64-bit processor. It also featured iOS 7 which changed Apple’s operating system.
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2014 iPhone 6/6 Plus: The iPhone went bigger in 2014, the 6 had a 4.7-inch display and the 6 Plus had a 5.5-inch display. It was also the year Apple embedded near-field communication technology to launch Apple Pay.
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2015 iPhone 6S/6S Plus: Apple introduced upgraded versions of its predecessors, however not a lot had changed, apart from Live Photos, 3D Touch and a stronger frame.
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2016 iPhone SE: Apple surprised its fan with the iPhone SE, a model that looked like the iPhone 5S but with similar technologies as the iPhone 6.
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2016 iPhone 7/7 Plus: The same year as the iPhone SE, Apple released the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which looked similar to the iPhone 6 series. However a few changes were made, it featured a dual-camera, became water resistant and the Home button became digital. And of course, the controversial removal of the headphone jack.