iPhone evolution: How we got to the new iPhone 13 - The release of the new model iPhone 13, was definitely an event that many Apple fans were looking forward to.
But what was the first iPhone ever released and when did it first hit the market?
Below we will see the evolution of iPhone models over the years, as well as the remarkable changes that have been made with each release.
The journey of the iPhone started in 2007 and more specifically on June 29, with the first iPhone model that had a total storage space of only 16 GB. It offered internet access, with a 3.5-inch screen and weighed just 135 grams. Apple's first iPhone could handle only 128 MB of memory, and had a 2,0 megapixel camera, which was quite sophisticated for the time it was released.
About a year later, on July 11, 2008, Apple released the next iPhone, known as iPhone 3G.
In terms of internal specifications, the iPhone 3G was not much different from the original iPhone, however it had the App Store. This iPhone got its name from the 3G connectivity feature, which meant better internet access. The iPhone 3G also had a slightly better screen resolution.
On June 19, 2009, the Third Generation iPhone was released with the model 3GS, which introduced the 32 GB storage option, doubling it from the first model. Clearly, the introduction of the App Store changed the data very quickly. The camera was also upgraded to 3 MP and the ability to record video was added, with the screen size and resolution still remaining the same. Apple also added the feature Voice Control, an ancestor of Siri.
The next Apple model was released on June 24, 2010 and iPhone 4 was the first iPhone to have a front camera. Since selfies have taken over the world, it seems that Apple was looking far ahead. The iPhone 4 also had a Retina display, 512 MB memory and was equipped to handle much more than the iPhone 3GS, which had only 256 MB of memory. It also had a 5 MP camera with 720p video recording capability.
On October 14, 2011 the iPhone 4S, with one of the biggest differences from the iPhone 4 being the camera, which was converted from 5 MP to 8 MP and the video recording was upgraded to 1080p. Apple also introduced the 64 GB storage option, but kept the memory at 512 MB. And of course the main innovation was the integration of the voice assistant Crab! Apple sold four million iPhone 4S units in its first week of release.
The iPhone 5 was released on September 21, 2012, with Apple selling 5 million iPhones 5 units in its first week of release. The memory was increased to up to 1 GB, while the model also had LTE connectivity, which meant Internet everywhere! Apple also introduced the Lightning port with the iPhone 5 and for the first time, the screen became larger, reaching 4 inches.
The models are in order iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c, released on September 20, 2013. Between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c, Apple sold nine million units in its first week of release. The iPhone 5c was intended to be slightly more affordable and had a plastic case, and was available in four different colors.
The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, had Touch ID, dual flash and slow motion video. In addition, it included the M7 motion coprocessor, which opened up a whole new realm of possibilities and also helped save battery power.
Next on the list are iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, released on September 19, 2014.
The internal specifications of the iPhone 6 were similar to those of the iPhone 5s. The biggest difference was that it had a significantly larger screen and offered an even larger size called the 6 Plus. The Retina display became HD and the option to get an iPhone with 128 GB of storage became available.
The following year, the company released the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus, on September 19, 2015. The 6s models changed everything, as Apple significantly upgraded their interior. The camera went from 8 MP to 12 MP, the memory was doubled from 1 GB to 2 GB and they received 7000 aluminum to avoid bending problems. Last but not least, 3D Touch was introduced.
On March 31, 2016 we had its release iPhone SE, which combined all the internal specifications of the iPhone 6s in a smaller size and without 3D Touch. The iPhone SE was introduced as a more affordable option that was really loved by the users.
A few months later, on September 16, 2016, the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. The basic models iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have 32 GB of storage space and can reach 256 GB. The iPhone 7 Plus proved to be more popular than previous Plus models due to its new dual camera, which allowed a significant improvement in zoom and Portrait mode. Perhaps the most controversial feature of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus was what Apple removed, namely the headphone jack.
We continue our journey in the world of iPhones, with models 8 & 8 Plus, on September 22, 2017. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus showed us the wireless charging with the glass cover on the back of the iPhone. The camera had upgraded tools for editing and filtering images, and the new screen enhanced the viewing experience by automatically reducing blue light exposure.
On November 3 of the same year we have the release of another model, his iPhone X. The iPhone X had an OLED screen for the first time, with a size that reached 5.6 inches, offering even better resolution. The Model X also offered augmented reality.
On September 21, 2018, the iPhone XS & XS Max, which were upgrades to the previous iPhone X. The screens were edge-to-edge and everything looked great with the Super Retina HD display. The biggest upgrade, however, was the bionic chip A12 which increased the processing power while reducing the drainage of the battery.
On October 26, 2018, another model of the X series is released iPhone XR, which was the cheapest of the new models and smaller in size than the XS and XS Max. It had a Liquid Retina HD display and also had the front camera and more colors than the XS or XS Max.
Next year, specifically on September 20, 2019, Apple will release the models iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max. The iPhone 11 is the least expensive of Apple's 11 series, but it still has several new features. The device had a 6,1-inch Liquid Retina display and came in six clear colors. The most exciting addition is the second camera on the back that offers wide angle and extremely wide lenses.
The 11 Pro has a 5,8-inch Super Retina XDR screen was Apple's cleanest to date. This phone did not have two, but three, 12 MP 12 MP HDR lenses, offering extremely wide and telephoto lenses.
Apple's biggest and most expensive phone for 2019 was the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The model will be released on April 24, 2020 iPhοne SE second generation. The 2020 iPhone SE is the second of its kind and was loved by those who preferred smaller iPhones. The second generation SE offered many of the most expensive components of Apple iPhones, such as an A13 Bionic chip, an advanced camera system with Portrait and Depth Control. It also offers high definition video, wireless charging and long battery life.
The models iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro were released on October 23, 2020, while a month later on November 13, the models were released iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. They were the culmination of new technologies, including Apple's new larger Super Retina XDR OLED screens and camera enhancements.
Just a week ago, at 14 September 2021, Apple has introduced its latest model, the long-awaited iPhone 13.
The new smartphone of the company comes in 4 different versions, the iPhοne 13, iPhοne 13 mini, iPhοne 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
They have the same screen sizes as last year's models, while the larger version has a 6,7-inch screen. Apple also put a bigger battery in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, which can last up to an hour and a half longer than the iPhone 12. Otherwise, the new iPhone 13 has basically the same design as last year with new camera units arranged diagonally . One camera is a 12 megapixel wide-angle lens, with a large sensor that captures 50% more light, while the other includes an extremely wide lens. They also have a new chip designed by Apple, which the company calls A15 Bionic.
As we can see, the iPhone has undergone many changes, from a device that could hold just 16 GB of data to one that has a 1 TB all-in-one camera, it is a workplace and entertainment center.
And as the technology sector evolves it is certain that we will see new, even more impressive features in the next models.