Time flies isn’t it? It almost feels like yesterday when Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s first-ever iPhone on January 9, 2006. Both Apple and the iPhone have seen waves of transition since then. Today, we will peep into the rearview mirror and reminisce about the illustrious and eventful journey of the iPhone. 

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Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone on January 9, 2007

When Steve Jobs stood on the stage at the Macworld Expo in 2006, he made a very important announcement. He introduced the world to the iPhone – a landmark event in Apple’s history that has changed the face of the smartphone and tech industry. Job said, “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone”, and it is safe to say that is exactly how things have panned out. 

The launch of the iPhone marked the beginning of a new era which saw a spur of smartphone manufacturers from China. The iPhone was well ahead of its time with a futuristic design, no physical keyboard, a mobile operating system, and a multi-touch display. 

Jobs introduced the iPhone as an iPod with touch controls, and a revolutionary internet communications device with three different functions that no other gadget at the time was able to address simultaneously. The first iPhone had an aluminium and polycarbonate casing, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, and a 2-megapixel camera.

Apple’s journey since the launch

Since 2007, Apple has continued to roll out new updates, features, and iPhones with improved capabilities. The first major change or redesign was in 2010 when the iPhone 4 was announced – almost three years after the original iPhone. 

With a completely redesigned design featuring flat borders, a brand-new Retina display, the A4 CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, LED flash, and more, the iPhone 4 was a pivotal moment in the history of the iPhone.Two years later, Apple rolled out the iPhone 5, which also had a prominent design, which at that time made the iPhone 5 the “thinnest smartphone in the world”. Besides, the larger Retina display, the all-new 8-megapixel iSight camera, and many other features made the iPhone 5 one of the best smartphones in that period. 

Following that, Apple would go on to make a number of advancements that are still in use today, including Touch ID and Face ID, sophisticated cameras, industry-leading smartphone performance and battery life, elegant designs, and a tightly knit ecosystem of devices.

Jumping to 2023, today, the iPhone has become a status symbol for many and a must-have smartphone for the rest. There are five different iPhone models available in the market including the iPhone 14, iPhone SE, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, and the iPhone 14 Plus. 

State of iPhones today

The current iPhone lineup boasts features that were just a distant dream back in 2006. Some of these features include an all-screen display without a Home button, facial recognition, a 48 MP camera, dynamic island, 4K video recording, a higher refresh rate display, and more. 

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