The iPhone, a smartphone brand of the Apple Inc., is one of the world’s most iconic devices today. In the grand scheme of things, the device is not very old. At the time of its release, this device represented a cutting edge of technology. It had a wider screen and control was by touch as opposed to physical buttons. In summary, it represented both a mobile phone and a device to surf the Internet.
While launching it, Apple founder, Steve jobs, ridiculed other phones and said their new device would reinvent the phone. Discussed herein are the iterations of the iPhone that have been released since the date of the first iPhone release.
The iPhone 2G
This was the first form of the iPhone and was released on the 29th of June 2007. It was a GSM model, and it significantly influenced the form factor for the iPhone.
The iPhone 3G
This was the second iPhone, released on the 11th of July 2008. This phone introduced new features that the first iPhone did not possess such as 3G connection and assisted GPS. It also had the Apple App Store to enable users to find various third-party applications to use with the phone.
The iPhone 3GS
This was an update of the iPhone 3G released on the 19th of June 2009. The company upgraded the iPhone 3G to include a much faster processor and a higher resolution camera.
The iPhone 4
Released on the 24th of June 2010, the iPhone 4 changed the design of the iPhone by replacing the rounded rear panel with a flat one thereby making it the thinnest smartphone at the time. Its camera was also updated to 5 megapixels, and a front camera was added for video calling.
The iPhone 4S
Released on the 14th of October 2011, this was a modification of the iPhone 4. The camera was updated to the 8-megapixel iSight camera that is a feature of the present day iPhones.
Apple has continued the trend of releasing a phone and then later modifying it and releasing the modified version. The following is the list of iPhones released after iPhone 4S in the order of release to the most current.
- The iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C;
- The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus;
- The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus;
- The iPhone SE;
- The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
The iPad history And Evolution
As a curious user of the iPad, you may find yourself pondering over questions like who invented the iPad or what year did the iPad come out? To answer these and related questions, this section presents a summary of the iPad history with the released dates of the various iPad generations.
- April 3rd, 2010- Apple releases the iPad, and begins the sale of the Wi-Fi only model;
- April 30th, 2010- The sale of the 3G iPad models begins;
- March 11th, 2011- The iPad 2 with dual-facing cameras is released;
- March 16th, 2012- The third-generation iPad with the first Retina display is released;
- November 4th, 2012- iPad mini is released alongside iPad 4;
- November 1st, 2013- Release of iPad air;
- November 12th, 2013- Release of iPad Mini 2;
- October 22nd, 2014- Release of iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2;
- March 31st, 2013- iPad Pro release;
- June 13th, 2017- Release of the second generation iPad Pro.
Full History of the iPod
On the 28th of July, Apple announced the discontinuation of the iPod shuffle and iPod Nano. This announcement came four years after the company had discontinued the Apple iPod classic. Herein is a discussion of the iPod history to show how this product has evolved since the release of the first iPod.
The iPod began with the model known as classic which evolved up to the sixth generation. Discussed below are the first three generations of the iPod classic. The first generation iPod
The first generation iPod was released in November 2001 and discontinued in July the following year. It is identified by its most salient feature; the scroll wheel surrounded by four buttons and a center button. Though not the first MP3 player, it was smaller and easier to use than all the other players in the market then.
The second generation iPod
It was released in July 2003 and discontinued in April the following year. It added new features such as Windows support, touch-sensitive scroll wheel, and increased storage capacity.
The Third Generation iPod
Released in April 2003 and discontinued in July the following year, the third generation iPod was housed in a thinner case with more rounded corners. Unlike the earlier models in which four buttons surrounded the scroll wheel, these buttons were placed in a row between the screen and the touch wheel.
The other iPod models include the iPod Nano, iPod Mini, iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch. Each of these models also evolved up top 6th or 7th generations.