How the iPhone has come such a long way

The iPhone was first released back in June 2007 with a model retroactively named the original iPhone. This touch screen device was said by its manufacturer Apple to revolutionise telephones and was one of the most hyped technological releases in recent times. However, every time you upgrade your iPhone, you’re getting a model further and further removed from the original phone. So how has the Apple iPhone changed over the years?


The story of the iPhone started back in the mid 90s with a large, barely handheld tablet called the Newton PDA, a device that featured handwriting recognition software and Newton OS. While the product failed to fully take off, the project was far from wasted and the Newton showed the possibilities of portable touch screen devices.

Original iPhone

It was announced in early 2007, by then Apple chairman Steve Jobs, at a MacWorld Conference & Expo, that the iPhone would ready for release later that year. Although no similar consumer product had ever been seen before, the original iPhone was not met with universal approval, with many critics criticising the tie in with AT&T as the exclusive carrier for the phone. However, on its launch in the US, hundreds of customers still lined up at stores waiting to get their very own original iPhone.

Introduction of Apps

With the issue of the exclusive deal with AT&T solved thanks to jail breaking, the next big step in the development of the iPhone was the introduction of apps. Although the original model came with various programs, including Safari and Google Maps, the actual concept of apps had yet to be presented. However, Apple launched this revolutionary idea in time for the Europe release in November 2007.

iPhone 3

The next version of the iPhone, the iPhone 3, was ready for launch just a year after its predecessor. New features included a white model and upgrades as well as non-Apple developed apps, which were available in the new App Store.


As is now customary, the next iPhone was released a year later, in 2009. The phone, called iPhone 3GS, was basically an upgrade from the iPhone 3, however, it did come with a few very important new features, including the ability to record videos and the ability to copy and paste.

iPhone 4 and 4S

Over the next two years came the iPhone 4, in 2010, then the 4S, in 2011. The major difference in these two phones and previous models was in their sleeker profile and softly squared edges. Software wise, the iPhone 4 had a few new features such as a camera on the front of the device and a app grouping feature. Meanwhile, the 4S included Siri for the first time.

iPhone 5

Release in September 2012, the iPhone 5 was the lightest and thinnest iPhone to date. Despite its reduced dimensions however, the phone has a larger screen and a more powerful battery, as well as being the first iPhone to use the iOS 6 operating system.

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This guest post was written by Jon Davidson, editor and writer over at When not playing with his iPhone he enjoys writing about anything tech related and the occasional post on personal finance matters!
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