A Blast from the Past: History of the iPhone
Are you eagerly awaiting the release of Apple’s long-promised iPhone 5? Would you believe it was only five years ago that the first iPhone was introduced? It may seem strange that is was only in these last few years because so many today cannot imagine life without this device.
There are good reasons to consider owning an iPhone and especially an iPhone 5 no matter how often you use your phone, and even if you don’t assume you’ll use all the little gadgets and apps it offers. Once you see what this phone can do, you’ll realize why so many are lost without it.
Know the History
As with all devices, the iPhone itself as a predecessor to the much-anticipated iPhone 5 went through many stages of development. Steve Jobs, head of Apple, Inc., directed his engineers to concentrate on developing touch screens for their devices, wanting to forego the use of buttons as you see on older models of phones. He understood how these touch screens may make the use of these devices easier and allow for more uses than simple letters and numbers as you see with outdated phones.
If you see a similarity between the iPhone and Apple’s other very popular product, the iPad, you’re not mistaken. Jobs knew that touch screens would be useful on many different models of equipment and knew that eliminating the use of a stylus as many had on older digital assistants would make them less cumbersome.
Jobs also strongly felt that tablets were falling out of favor with consumers and emphasized the use of a phone as someone’s one-stop digital assistant, so to speak. He felt that if they could create a phone that took pictures, made video, played MP3 files, and would connect to the internet, these other devices would become more and more obsolete. This thinking is what led to the development of the iPhone 3G, and which is behind the development of the models that followed, including the iPhone 5.
The Development and Launch of the Product
Demand for the iPhone 3G, the predecessor to the iPhone 5, was intense. Hundreds of customers lined up outside of stores for hours before they opened and Apple’s inventory ran out within minutes of its release. The original model was very similar to the current models except with a smaller screen and fewer uses. Once Apple realized the demand for such an “all in one” device, their attention turned to continuing to develop the iPhone.
As their engineers continued to develop the Apple iPhone, 3GS was soon on the market. The S stood for speed; its processor was faster and more capable than what had been available previously. Those who are awaiting the iPhone 5 are anticipating news of what processors may be used with a new model to allow users to surf the web faster, download faster, and handle more than one application at a time. The 3GS was followed by the iPhone 4, which allowed users to listen to music, read Kindle eBooks, and even watch movies on their phone. The model 4 had an improved upon screen, which made it too a hit with consumers who again lined up at stores as they were released.
As the model 4 continued to be developed, Apple released the 4S, again adding speed to the processor. The operating system was also upgraded to an iOS 5 system, which makes it capable of handling more data and of storing more downloads. Rumor has it that Apple may continue with the iOS 5 system for the iPhone 5, or may upgrade again.
The rolling touch screens also made the phone much easier to use; a flick of the finger is all that’s needed to move effortlessly between screens or between selections. The phone is also sensitive to this type of touch when reading eBooks; a user may actually feel as if they are turning pages as they easily swipe the top of their screen. Many wonder how the iPhone 5 will improve upon this experience.
Perhaps the most exciting development of the model 4 and that which has many people anticipating the iPhone 5 is the use of voice recognition for commands. With the model 4 you may give the phone commands such as calls to make or appointments to set, or may ask questions such as when looking for restaurants in the area or for when needing directions while on the road. Being able to use voice commands for these tasks makes them easier but also safer; it may eliminate some distraction that some have if using the phone when behind the wheel or elsewhere.
What’s to Come
Rumors about the development of the new iPhone 5 are rampant, and the untimely death of Apple’s head Steve Jobs in 2011 has also made it difficult for many to find reliable information about the latest developments. No doubt Apple is very aware of consumer expectations; the development of the iPhone has yielded so many improvements in the overall use of the device that a few simple modifications to make the iPhone 5 may not be enough to take the electronic world by storm.
Those visiting the stores for an Apple iPhone want to be “wowed” with the apps they offer and with how much this device does assist them in their everyday life. The iPhone 5 cannot succeed with consumers by simply being larger or having a clearer screen. Some theorize that the iPhone 5 will have increased personalization when it comes to voice commands, or that 3D effects will be added. Still others wonder about improvements made to its current applications such as better stereo sound for MP3 files or improved clarity for the camera function.
While these are all just theories, there are good reasons to expect such improvements. The iPhone itself is quickly and easily replacing all other assistant devices, even those produced by Apple themselves. No doubt the iPhone 5 will not fail to impress consumers and will demonstrate the engineering brilliance expected from Apple.