Apple Pay, a slick design and 12MP Camera that shoots 4K video are common place in today’s iPhone, however in its humble beginnings, the very first iPhone could only dream of such specs and endless apps.
As part of today’s #throwbackthursday (or #tbt to the cool kids) we’re taking a look at the iPhone 1 which was released in the autumn of 2007. It’s amazing to see how Apple and the iPhone have changed in the past 8 years!
The 1st generation of the Apple Phone (yes, that’s what the media were calling it back then) was a handheld device combining mobile phone, the popular iPod and Internet communications. It was a Quad-band GSM capable phone — 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz — and design-wise, it had a 3.5 inch display with resolution of just 320×480.
Memory-wise, it had variants of 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB flash memory, with the 4 GB model discontinued as early as September 5 2008 and the 16 GB model appearing on February the 5th, 2008.
It had built-in support for Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and EDGE – yes, that annoying ‘E’ logo when you can’t get proper 3g/4g – that was basic internet!
The camera was a 2.0 megapixel camera all packed in a stylish case a mere 0.46 of an inch thick that weighed 4.0 ounces.
Perhaps most notably, the original iPhone 1 introduced a “multi-touch” interface that allowed you to control the functions of the system by dragging one or more fingers across the “optical quality” glass display – such as zooming on the camera function that we still use today.
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.
Essentially the iPhone 1 may look outdated and almost retro (if you want to feel old!) however, it’s important to remember that this was the phone that pioneered a lot of the basic features we use in the newer iPhones today. Features such as the multi-touch and ambient light sensor listed above – along with iTunes first used on a mobile phone, keyboarded features, YouTube app and notes.