The first iPhone, iPhone 2G

The first iPhone. The story of the birth of Apple's firstborn

Everything you wanted to know about the first iPhone, but were afraid to ask

The first iPhone was the starting point for the birth of the whole Apple era and the changing phone market in general in the world. The first iPhone buyers paved the way for their followers to the quicksand of Apple. The release of each new model is an incredible event. Those who have purchased an iPhone can no longer switch to using a smartphone from other manufacturers. 

Apple is often wishful thinking. It advertises its "innovations" invented by someone else with pathos, making the whole world believe in its supremacy and admire it. These include wireless charging, long used by IKEA, and multitouch, invented by Fingerworks. Apple makes a big deal out of the fly, describing all the features of its products, breaking them down by the bone. The technology to capture photos is explained in presentations and on the website as a high-tech and complex process.

This was also the case with the release of the first iPhone model, which saw the light of day in 2007. It was preceded by a whole story. There was a lot of hype surrounding the event. People were eager to get their hands on the revolutionary smartphone from the moment it was announced.

Steve Jobs worked on the project of creating a revolutionary phone for a long 2.5 years. As he himself said, "We're reinventing the phone. Before presenting the first iPhone to the world in 2005, he developed a phone codenamed "Purple 1". But his project was never brought to fruition. Through trial and error, Jobs finally arrived at his successful iPhone, or iPhone 2G, as it was called.

What the first iPhone was like

Its size was completely unimpressive compared to today's models. The height of the first iPhone was 11.5 cm compared to 15.7 cm of the iPhone XS Max. Its memory was 8 or 16 GB, while today's iPhones have 512 GB. The 3.5-inch screen now seems very small compared to the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. The 2-megapixel camera installed in the first model brings a smile of indulgence to owners of iPhones with 12-megapixel cameras with optical stabilization, thanks to which the quality of pictures corresponds to the level of pictures taken by professional cameras. About the processor it is not necessary to talk at all. Its performance has increased many times over. All these characteristics at the time were truly revolutionary. The first iPhone became a trendsetter for apple smartphones. It was the founder of a unique and recognizable style.

The first iPhone, iPhone 2G

What the users of the first iPhone couldn't do

  • Use the services of different mobile operators, because it only worked in tandem with a certain one.
  • Capture video. This feature was open to users who managed to bypass all bans and install third-party applications.
  • Set up your smartphone to work with 3G networks. And was there any point in doing so back then...
  • Download third-party applications. The operating system was in its infancy and did not allow users to do this.
  • There was no Apple Store, where you could buy apps. That store came a little later.

Innovations implemented in the first iPhone

  • Multitouch. Users were able to control the device without a mouse and keyboard. Of course, touch screens were created long before the release of the first iPhone. Developers tried to implement them in various prototypes of smartphones.
  • Light sensor that affects the contrast of the display by changing the brightness level.
  • Proximity sensor. Turns off the phone screen when the phone is close to your ear.
  • Unlocking the screen in one motion. After Steve Jobs demonstrated the slide unlock at the official presentation, a wave of amazement swept through the room.
  • Swiping. After the demonstration of this feature, the audience applauded wildly.
  • Screen rotation. Widescreen mode has literally empowered the user.
  • Voicemail. Allowed users to listen to messages left selectively, starting with any message.
  • Conference call. It is now possible to add new interlocutors to the conversation.

The formula for success for Apple was quite simple: iPad+phone+communicator=iPhone. Over time, the components of the formula became more numerous and its solution more complex.

It doesn't matter who was first, what matters is who developed the idea and gave it mass distribution. Had it not been for Apple, many inventions would have remained in their infancy. Apple sues quite a few companies for the rights to use this or that invention, sometimes winning and sometimes paying a lot of compensation.

The name of the apple smartphone stands apart. It seems to be a separate caste of devices. Apple smartphones rarely have a common name, the iPhone is both a proper name and a nickname now.

You have to hand it to Apple for their clever marketing moves, flawless advertising campaign and succinct presentations.

P.S On YouTube you can find reviews of the first iPhone. The interesting thing is that to this day this device is still alive for some users (and it's been more than 10 years!), although it lies, like a rarity, on the shelf. iPhone 2G does not lag or freeze, runs games, opens applications. If it were not for the advanced technology implemented in modern devices, to which we are so used to, we could still use the first iPhone.


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