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iPhone marks tenth anniversary and Apple prepares to unveil a new device

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Today marks the tenth year anniversary of the first iPhone going on sale in the US, and Apple have chosen to mark the occasion in a fashion which will come as no surprise to many - by creating yet another upgrade of their wildly popular handset.

As always, the exact specifications of the new model, due to be released later this year, are being kept extremely quiet.

However, if rumor is to be believed, the iPhone 8 could feature a new edge-to-edge display, a significantly thinner handset thanks to a change in materials and even do away with the Home button, which has featured on every model since its launch.

There is even speculation that the iPhone 8 won't follow the numerical naming system of its predecessors, instead receiving an actual 'name'.

At any rate, what is most clear about the newest installment in the iPhone series is that nothing is definite.

As such, while an official announcement is eagerly awaited now is an ideal time to look back over ten years of Apple innovations.

 

 

When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January 2007 he promised “three revolutionary products” in the form of a phone, an iPod and an Internet device.

As it became clear that Jobs was proposing to deliver all three in the same device, and consequently “reinvent the phone”, he was met with scepticism and the move was even said to have make the CEO of competitor Microsoft laugh.

However, by the 29th June, as eager fans lined up on the street hoping to purchase the first ever iPhone it was clear that such scepticism had been misplaced.

Indeed, a staggering ten years later the iPhone, having gone through a series of transformations which show no sign of slowing, is still selling well.

When the original iPhone hit stores worldwide, it had a comparatively tiny 3.5 inch screen, offering only a 320 by 480 pixel resolution, with a 2-megapixel camera.

In comparison, the most recent iPhone 7 boasts a huge 5.5 inch screen with 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution and an advanced dual-camera setup.

Although the original iPhone may - by todays standards - be considered primitive, the multitouch features were considered a revolutionary change for the phone market.

The next model, the iPhone 3G offered connection to faster 3G networks, hence the name, as well as all new location services, something Steve Jobs promised would “be a really big deal”.

Then, in the shape of the iPhone 4, the world received the first high-resolution ‘Retina’ screen as well as the arrival of the since beloved FaceTime.

By 2012, Apple were already onto the iPhone 5, which came with an increased 4 inch screen and slimmer frame, and was soon followed by its sibling phones the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.

Although the 5c was essentially just the 5 in a variety of colourful cases, the 5s represented a great leap forward, introducing touch ID and a motion data processor, which would later become the basis of a whole heap of health and fitness apps.

The iPhone 6, and accompanying iPhone 6 Plus, were bigger still with 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens respectively, as well as upgrading its cameras ready to access the brand new Apple Pay network.

Finally in 2016, the iPhone 7 and 7 plus brought two notable changes, eliminating the audio jack and changing the home button to a virtual button.

It was this iPhone which caused Apple to come under fire for changing their iconic design a little too much.

In fact, many questioned the reason for removing the headphone port from the bottom of the phones, replacing them with particularly easy to lose wireless earbuds.

However, despite the headphone jack drama, the iPhone has continued to be popular.

Ultimately, with such continued innovation it is hard not to wonder exactly what the iPhone will look like for its tenth anniversary, and whether the much missed headphone jack will ever return. 




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