Apple iPhone 7 launch today: The Apple iPhone smartphones have become status symbols and are likely to stay that way considering the worldwide interest in them and the huge pent up demand for every new one on the cards. The company that Steve Jobs created may not be ahead of the curve any longer when it comes to technology – after all it keeps hocking specs and features that have already been released by competing companies – but the premium tag, adulation that it commands and loyalty too, that have been indelibly attached to the company’s products are something that no other competitor or phone can boast of – from Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Xiaomi or you name it, the effect never adds up to Apple standards. Now, with the iPhone 7 smartphone set to be unveiled today, the same kind of hype, hoopla and hysteria are being generated. And, every time a new smartphone emerges from the house of Apple, it turns into an instant hit. Will the same happen to the new one? Time will tell. Till then, let us pull your attention to all the iPhones till date that have been launched starting with the first one. Read on:
1. Steve Jobs launched the first ‘iPhone’, yes that was the entire name, way back in 2007. At 3.5″ it is was not exactly a ‘handful’. But that is the way Steve Jobs wanted it to be. He was totally against the large-sized phones (phablet types) that could not be handled comfortably. In fact, that was always on his mind, customer comfort guaranteed. 9 January 2007, was the day the first Apple iPhone was unveiled and on 29 June, 2007 it was put on sale in the US. Steve Jobs had done the honours at the MacWorld event. This iPhone was a tech marvel and boasted specs and features that others did not have, from touchscreen to a 3.5-inch multi-touch display – it sold as many as 6.1 million
iPhones in the first 12 months.
2. Apple iPhone 3G was unveiled in 2008 and the number signified it being enabled for the 3G network and navigation via GPS. Revolutionary yes, but look away from the phone and you would have noticed the birth of the App Store and the availability of third-party apps. Apple iPhone 3G was the first Apple phone to get this utility. This time reportedly as many as a million iPhones were sold in the first week after launch.
Apple launched the iPhone 3GS in 2009 and kind of frivolously tagged it as the “The fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.” If it was a new phone, it was expected to be faster and better than its last avatar in every way, no? Still, it offered some cracking specs with extra RAM at 256MB, storage space and most of all iOS 3. Sales again dutifully marched past the million mark in the first week. Users could also edit the documents they were working on.
Apple iPhone 4 was launched in 2010 and the entire image, the very ‘look’ of the iconic phone were given a thorough makeover and turned it into a really well-designed gadget that was as good on the outside to look at as it was from the inside to work with – it had glass on front and back, flat sides curved slightly at the top and even a stainless steel body. It was a delight to behold and clutch. It got more RAM, up to 512MB, to make for quicker, seamless use in all tasks including apps.
Apple launched the iPhone 4S in 2011 and though the old look was preserved (no one seemed to mind as it was a stunner to start with), but the rest of the phone was now given a makeover. It was a stunning performer with a new processor, better camera, the iOS 5, and most importantly (it was pregnant with potential, but this phone was not able to take full advantage) it had voice recognition assistant Siri and even offered cloud storage service iCloud. Sadly, Steve Jobs passed away one day after the announcement of this smartphone.
‘The Man’ at Apple was dead, but his successor did not really sit back on his haunches. With rivals biting at Apple’s heels, a new handset became a crucial necessity and that came out in the form of the iPhone 5 in 2012. It had some stellar specs, but still nothing extraordinary and new that Apple was really known for got revealed. It had the lightning connector instead of the older given-to-going-kaput 30-pin connector for charging the battery and data transfer. The old ‘iconic’ look was changed to provide the phone a ‘younger’ look that would be more appealing to the youth. The screen size was increased from 3.5-inches to 4-inches and the phone went on a diet – it was a very thin phone. People again dutifully gobbled them up as over 5 mn were sold in just three days.
As many old companies virtually folded and the South Korean giant Samsung acquired juggernaut-like momentum, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in 2013. The look remained the same but the insides were tinkered with to an extent only, although it had a 64-bit processor, which was a first for a smartphone and the company looked to sell at a price point that was just under the premium tag. iPhone 5C screen size was increased from the previous 4 inches to 4.7 inches. The rest was more or less tinkering to go with the adage, ‘if it aint broken, why fix it’. The ‘hoi polloi’ link came with the iPhone 5c that had a, dare we say it, ‘cheaper’ polycarbonate body in garish colours including pink, yellow, blue, green…
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus were introduced on Sept. 9, 2014 by Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook. iPhone 6 was much bigger than its earlier avatar and the iPhone 6 Plus was as big as a phablet – Apple went with public demand here, rather than Steve Jobs. iPhone 6 got a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6 Plus phablet-sized 5.5-inch screen. Apple offered a whopping 128GB storage option. And no, iPhones still did not come with a stylus. The iPhone 6 had a Plus Retina HD feature. And though iPhone 6 has lower resolution of 1,344 X 750 with 326 ppi, this gets better on the iPhone 6 Plus which has 1,920 X 1,080 resolution with 401 ppi. The front-facing camera is 2.1 MP and rear camera 8 MP. Battery life on iPhone 6 Plus can last for 80 hours of music, 16 days on standby, 14 hours of video and 12 hours Net use. iPhone 6 has 50 hours, 10 days, 11 hours and 11 hours of Net usage. iPhone 6 Plus may be larger but in thickness both are almost the same. iPhone 6 Plus weighs in 6.07 ounces and the iPhone 6 4.55 ounces.
And the last, if not the least, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were launched in 2015. Nothing new in them except that Apple sought to turbo-charge them for a better performance. The old iPhone 6 look and screen size were retained. Oh yes, Apple again went colour mad and unveiled the Rose Gold hue. This smartphone sported 3D touch tech. It allowed you to press a bit longer and harder on the screen to enable a different programme to run.
And now, the iPhone 7 is on the verge of being released today, 7 September, 2016. While we don’t have any real idea, but there is much speculation in the industry and the market. Keeping that in mind, here is what is likely to be on offer in the iPhone 7 smartphone. At the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco at 10 am local time, Apple is expected to unveil a phone that has its jack missing! Yes, and it is likely to be fully water-proof, it will no longer have a 16GB model and the start will be from the 32GB model. The phone will also sport dual cameras with 3D capabilities, and a fast charging battery. Colours? Anything from blue, red, yellow, white and black. Chances of a new colour emerging are slim. Price? From a starting $ 600 to $1,200.