Flashback on January 9, 2007 in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone at the Macworld convention, receiving substantial media attention. Jobs, however said that the first touch iPhone would be released later that year for public on June 29, 2007.
The hallmark features, though diminutive by today's standards, the original iPhone had 320×480 and 163 ppi display with capacitive touch that was incredible for its time and was an instant game changer. Jobs hailed it as the perfect combination of three devices in one: "a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device".
Other games changing feature such as iPhone OS mobile operating system, 2G, multi-touch gesture support, and a smooth, sleek user interface that suddenly made many rival operating systems look rather clunky.
During the launch, the 1st Gen iPhone was marketed as running "OS X", however the operating system name was revealed as iPhone OS with iPhone SDK release. And, it supported three major versions of the iPhone OS before it was discontinued "iPhone OS 1, 2, and 3." However, the full iPhone OS 3 feature set was not supported, and the last update the original iPhone received was iPhone OS 3.1.3.
It was a Quad-band GSM capable phone -- 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz, with 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of flash memory, built-in support for Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), EDGE, and Bluetooth 2.0, as well as an integrated 2.0 megapixel camera all packed in a stylish case a mere 0.46 of an inch thick that weighs 4.0 ounces.
The original iPhone also has an accelerometer that allows the device to "know" whether it is being held in portrait or landscape mode and switch automatically, an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness based on need, and a "proximity sensor" to turn off the display when it is held to the ear.
Since then, the iPhone has many releases including last years's Tim Cook's revelation of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Cook remains predictably optimistic today said, "iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade, and we are just getting started," he said today. "The best is yet to come."
The present tday iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now sports a 12-megapixel lens, optical image stabilization, an f/1.8 aperture that captures 50 percent more light as well as wide color capture, while iPhone 7 Plus also offers a dual-lens camera with Portrait mode and up to 2X optical zoom.
And, the most powerful yet A10 Fusion chip, with 120 times faster processing, graphics performance up by 240 times than the original iPhone.
The brightest, most colorful Retina HD display, and the iOS 10 mobile operating system.
Today, Apple released a video ad that shows off "Portrait mode" for the iPhone 7 Plus, which is the most talked about camera features utilizes both of the rear cameras on the device to produce a pretty interesting bokeh effect.
The advertisement, titled "Take Mine," is set in Greece and starts off with a woman getting out of a cab and seeing her grandmother. Taking a photo of her grandmother with Portrait mode, the photo's quality impresses the grandmother as well as the entire town. The woman then goes from person to person taking their portrait shots.
After every other photo taken in the ad, a photograph of the person is shown which the advertisement implies was taken by an actual iPhone 7 Plus utilizing Portrait mode.
Watch the advertisement video below:
Also, according to a noted analyst from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, later this year, Apple will refresh its iPad line while also adding a new model. The new line coming up most likely in the second quarter of 2017 will include:
- A second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro with an A10X chip
- A new high-end iPad model with a display around 10 to 10.5 inches in size, also with an A10X chip
- A new 9.7-inch model with an A9 chip, positioned as a lower-end, more affordable tablet option
On New Year's day, App Store shatters records with a whoping $240 mllion in customer purchases making Jan. 1, 2017 the App Store's busiest day ever.
Since the App Store launched in 2008, "developers have earned over $60 billion, creating amazing app experiences for App Store customers across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac," writes Apple. In 2016 alone, "developers earned over $20 billion, up over 40 percent from 2015," added.
Update 01/12: Apple has published a video of the earliest precursor of what became iOS. Following last weeks release courtesy Sonny Dickson, showing of the operating systems that Apple was toying with before launching the iPhone dubbed internally as "AcornOS", developed by Tony Fadell was heavily based on the iPod's interface. However, this design known as P1 was clunky, slow, and simply unpleasant to use.
At the same time, Apple's Scott Forstall was developing P2, a different system that relied entirely on on-screen buttons which could be touched directly by the user, and that eventually turned into iOS as we know today.