In the last 10 years, smartphones have undergone some drastic changes. We’ve come a long way from the first releases since even low-budget phones trump anything that was once groundbreaking. This is especially apparent when comparing the specs of the first iPhone to what’s available now. Apple just commemorated the ten-year anniversary of their first smartphone. To say the strides they made in a decade are shocking is a gross understatement. What they easily sold for $600 in 2007 could barely fetch $10 now.
It’s been a wild transition, & customers have helped push developers to go the extra mile. When the iPhone was first released, it blew the tech community away. This was the first smartphone to have a built-in Safari browser, a sleek design & a high-quality touchscreen. Now it looks ancient, but at the time it was marvellous.
To truly understand how far we have come, it’s essential to examine the features of this once-great smartphone. Prepare to be shocked at the differences, since there was no way we could predict how fast smartphones would evolve. Instead of slowing down, technological advances are speeding up. What we have now will look even more archaic in a decade than this phone looks now. It’s going to be exciting to see what advances developers make in the next 10 years!
Examining the First iPhone in All Its Glory
When the first iPhone was unveiled at Macworld 2007, it stole the show. Guests couldn’t believe that Apple managed to fuse the musical prowess of an iPhone with a smartphone. It also boasted a more reliable touchscreen, video features & a celebrated camera. Priced at $599, these phones flew off the shelves. Now they are confined to the bottom of dumpsters & the back rooms of seedy pawnshops. Let’s examine what changes made these phones become obsolete.
The first & foremost change was the amount of RAM. Over the years smartphone developers have managed to fit more storage into slimmer designs. This release came before the wave of improvements, but it still paved the way for new releases. The first 8GB iPhone retailed at $599, while the 4GB model packed a slightly more affordable 4GB capacity. This was inconceivable at the time, but now the standard for new smartphones is 32GB on a low-end phone & 64GB on a high-end one. That’s 8 times the capacity for the same price, & the improvements don’t stop there.
The next massive difference is the size. Over the years smartphones have gotten flatter & wider, giving users more room to enjoy vibrant screens. The first iPhone weighed 4.8 ounces & was 4.5 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide. Now the average smartphone weighs the same, but they generally sport 6.23-inch-tall & 3.07-inch wide designs.
Smartphones have gotten flatter & more powerful, & this is especially apparent with the camera. The first iPhone had a 2MP camera that had no editing settings & couldn’t record video. Now, 12MP is the standard on rear cameras & a slew of photo editing apps are available completely free. That’s 6 times the power, not including the advances made in low-light settings.
Speaking of power, the first iPhone could only survive 8 hours of talk time & 24 hours of music playback. Now the iPhone has more features, so the battery life has actually gone down. This may be shocking at first glance, but once you examine the plethora of new features it’s easy to understand.
What is the future?
Predictably, Apple is heavily rumoured to be working on new Apple Watches, AirPods, iPads, and a mixed-reality AR device. But critics believe that the tech giant has forgotten how to innovate and has lost its way. As a result, big tech companies are exploring what a world without smartphones will look like as the lines between our digital and physical life begin to disappear.
Similarly, it was beyond imagination to create an alternative to emailing from keyboards on a BlackBerry device in 2007, are we ready to simplify things by ditching our smartphones? Instead, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all chasing a future where a standard pair of glasses will overlay digital information as cameras and microphones seamlessly capture images and sounds from our voice commands.
Sure, this technology and the adoption of new solutions are still several years away, and it’s unlikely that Apple will have it all its way this time. Nevertheless, suppose we look back at the arrival of the iPhone fifteen years ago and compare it with our life today. In that case, it provides a timely reminder that technological change is inevitable, and it’s probably better to be a little more open-minded than Steve Ballmer was in 2007.
All in all, it’s exciting to see the amount of progress that’s been made in the last 15 years. By the time the first iPhone hits its 20th year anniversary, what’s available will be on a new level. It’s impossible to say what will be next, but the sky is the limit once you reach this much momentum!