From iPhone to iPhone 4S, we have seen it all. The latest one to heighten our eagerness is the iPhone 5.
The iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The iPhone runs on Apple’s iOS mobile operating system which is originally known as “iPhone OS”. The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. The current iPhone in the market is the sixth-generation iPhone 5 which was released on September 21, 2012.
The development of iPhone began in 2004 when Apple formed a team of 1000 employees to work on highly confidential “Project Purple”. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs shifted his focus from a tablet to a phone. Apple created the phone during the not so talked about collaboration with the AT&T Mobility with an estimated development cost of about US$150 million for over 30 months. Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone to the public in January 2007 in San Francisco.
Apple products have always been the highly anticipated ones and if it is a phone launch, tech lovers bound to go crazy.
There are six generations of iPhone models, with each model launched with a different operating system. Originally iPhone was a GSM phone which had no video recording and it had the design features like screen size and button placement that are present within all models. The iPhone has a minimal hardware user interface, featuring five buttons. An iPhone can shoot video ( though this was not a standard feature until the iPhone 3GS was launched), take photos, play music, send and receive email, browse the web, send texts, and receive visual voicemail. The App Store offers more than 700,000 applications from Apple. For some years, Apple and its manufacturing contractor Foxconn have received criticism due to poor working conditions at its assembly plant in China.
The Basic iPhone
The original iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007. During an interview Steve Jobs said, “I have been looking forward to this for two and a half years and today Apple is going to reinvent the name called phone.” iPhone was introduced as a combination of three devices: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communicator. The iPhone was designed on a 3.5 inches (89 mm) glass multi-touch touchscreen display screen. The iPhone featured a chrome-plated metal frame with its back made up of aluminum with a black plastic base, with some features like storage capability of 4GB/8GB, automatic wifi connectivity, Bluetooth, visual voice-mails. The headphone socket was recessed into the casing making it incompatible with most headsets without the use of an adapter. Other models do not have this issue. The passionate reaction to the launch of the iPhone resulted in sections of the media christening it the ‘Jesus phone’.
On July 11, 2008, Apple released the iPhone 3G across twenty-two countries with two storage options, 8GB and 16GB. The 16GB model with larger capacity was available in either black or white. The iPhone 3G came up with iPhone OS 2.0 which introduced the App Store, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support, Apple’s MobileMe service and push email support, along with other new features like voice recording, magnetometer, voice control. The buttons in this were changed from plastic to metal to get better GSM signals and the edges of the phone were tapered which provided a better grip. The dimensions of the iPhone 3G are larger than that of the earlier one and its size is 2 grams lesser with a battery backup better than the earlier one.
The iPhone 3GS is the third generation iPhone which was introduced on June 8, 2009. Apart from the improvements in the performance of the processor, it had a camera with higher resolution and video ability, video recording, micro SIM, dual microphone noise suppression and a rear camera LED flash. The new features in the iPhone 3GS were mainly internal changes regarding speed, for which the “S” in “iPhone 3GS” stands. Though in addition to the these, various software features were also introduced to the iPhone 3GS like cut copy paste options and navigation facilities.
Within the first weekend of its release, over one million iPhone 3GSs were sold.
The iPhone 4 is the fourth generation iPhone announced on June 10, 2010, and released on June 24, 2010. It was particularly marketed for video calling, consumption of media such as books and periodicals, movies, music, and games, and for general web and e-mail access. The iPhone 4 incorporated an uninsulated stainless steel frame that acted as the device’s antenna. The internal components of the device are situated between two panels of chemically strengthened aluminosilicate glass. It has a 3.5-inch (89 mm) LED backlit liquid crystal display with a 960×640 pixel resolution which is marketed as the “Retina display”. As on prior models, all data is stored in flash memory 8, 16 or 32 GB, and not on the SIM.
The iPhone 3GS is the fifth generation iPhone which was introduced on October 4, 2011. It was released in 22 more countries, including Ireland, Mexico, and Singapore, on October 28. The phone has the same exterior design with improved hardware and software. It uses a dual-core model and improved GSM design. It incorporated a voice recognition system known as Siri from which the “4S” designator came and it has a cloud storage service named iCloud. Some of the functions of the device may be voice-controlled through Siri. The system Siri, new camera and improved processing speed were the advantages of the phone. The demand for iPhone 4S was remarked as “Extraordinary”.
The iPhone 3GS is the sixth generation iPhone which was introduced on September 12, 2012. The phone is a slimmer, lighter model that introduces a higher-resolution, 4-inch screen to the series with 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio support. It has been described by Apple as “extraordinary”, with pre-orders having sold twenty times faster than the earlier models. The components and labor required to construct the most basic iPhone 5 are estimated to cost US$207, which is US$19 more than the cost of components for the corresponding iPhone 4S model. The new Maps application has been negatively responded and was reported to contain many serious errors. Several hardware issues have also received criticism from consumers and reviewers, including an unintended purple hue in photos taken by the iPhone 5 and an issue with its coating being prone to chipping. In addition, there have been a small number of reports claiming a light leak around the bezel near the top of the display on white models. Also, some incompatibilities with certain LTE networks are an issue, despite being the first Apple phone to support LTE. The profit margin of selling each device is “huge” as the iPhone 5 generally retails for US$649. Subsequently, after the announcement of the device, a lack of supply of the iPhone 5 was evident. This was due to a shortage of components such as the screen. All versions of the iPhone 5 are 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and have 12% less overall volume than the earlier models.