Everyone knows the iPhone now. But do you know its history? Yesterday, June 29, the iPhone made by the American technology company Apple completed a decade. The first iPhone was launched in the United States on June 29, 2008, 10 years ago. The first iPhone came on the market six months after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at an event in San Francisco on January 6, 2006.
Announcing the launch, Steve Jobs said the iPhone is a combination of three revolutionary innovative products. One is the revolutionary mobile phone, the wide screen touch controllable iPod and the groundbreaking Internet communication device that allows mail exchange, web browsing, search and mapping like the desktop. Over the years, the iPhone has become a trusted product to Apple-fans around the world. Extreme insanity has been created with the arrival of new iPhones in several countries around the world, including the United States.
History of the iPhone
Apple founder Steve Jobs is associated with the history of the iPhone. The ‘iPhone’, which changed the era of mobile phones, came from his hands. According to technology website Slate.com, Apple introduced the iPod as a music listening device before making the iPhone. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wanted to see the end of the music player era. So he wants to create a product that can replace the iPod as an alternative to the music player in the market.
Apple officials speculated in 2004 that if Apple did not create an alternative to the music player, another company could combine phone calls, video viewing technology and music listening devices, such as mobile phones, to launch new products. They feared that another company might launch a new product to capture the iPod market. Since then, Apple has started preparing for the iPhone.
In 2005, Steve Jobs instructed Apple engineers to design touch screen technology products. When Steve Jobs announced the launch of the first iPhone in San Francisco on January 9, 2006, he showed a picture of an iPod with a rotary dial button instead of a click wheel. However, Apple did not add a rotary button to the mobile phone. Because, at that time, the model of Samsung’s X610 mobile phone had a rotating wheel.
However, engineer Tony Fadel, known as Apple’s first iPod designer, rejected Steve Jobs’ idea of a new product with a rotating wheel and said he would start working with multi-touch technology instead of the click wheel. Following Tony Fadel’s advice, Steve Jobs split Apple’s engineering team into two. One team started working with software and the other team started working with hardware. The main task of the software team was to create beautiful interfaces and the task of the hardware team was to design a mobile phone that people liked.
Apple’s mobile phone design team presents multiple designs, including thin, thick, round displays in front of Steve Jobs. But he spoke of a more simplistic design. In 2006, Jonathan Ive, the head of Apple’s design team, finalized multiple designs for the iPhone. However, Steve Jobs preferred the Jonathan Ive-designed prototype of the 2004 iPod Mini-like metal. Jonathan Ive further changed the design of this prototype. After that the making of iPhone started.
In 2006, Apple announced a deal with the US telecommunications company AT&T to launch the iPhone. The first iPhone went on sale in the United States on June 29, 2008. The iPhone went on sale in November 2008 in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
Apple announced the launch of the second generation iPhone 3G on July 11, 2008. The third generation iPhone 3GS was announced on June 7, 2009. The fifth generation iPhone 4S came on the market on October 4, 2011. After the death of Steve Jobs on October 5, 2011, Apple announced the launch of a new generation iPhone. Technology analysts believe that Steve Jobs had a hand in every design of the iPhone. But Apple released the sixth generation iPhone 5 without Steve Jobs.
Then came iPhone 5C, 5S, iPhone 6, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 6, 7 Plus. In September 2016, Tim Cook announced the iPhone 7 in San Francisco, USA. Apple may release a new design iPhone 8 on the occasion of the decade this year.
Some information on the iPhone
No App Store: When the first iPhone came on the market in 2006, it had no App Store. As a result, there was no benefit in downloading the app. The App Store is known as the digital marketing platform for the iOS operating system. The app can be downloaded from here. The App Store was launched on July 10, 2008 with only 500 apps. As of January 2017, it has more than 22 lakh applications.
Lawsuit for iPhone name: Steve Jobs sued technology company Cisco Apple shortly after naming the iPhone. However, Cisco lost the case in the US Federal District Court. Apple is allowed to name their smartphone iPhone.
Recognition as an influential technology product: In 2017, iPhone topped the list of the most influential technology products of Time magazine. Time Magazine listed the top 50 gadgets at the time. According to the magazine, the iPhone is arguably the most influential product in changing the foundation of our relationship between computing and information.
Possible iPhone 7
100 crore iPhones sold: As of June 2017, more than 100 crore iPhones have been sold in the world, which is one-seventh of the world’s total population. Tim Cook, the company’s current chief executive, said this at a meeting of Apple in the US city of Cupertino. “The iPhone is one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history,” he said. It is a consistent champion. It has become an important part of our daily lives. We have built the capacity for what we want to do throughout the day.
Retina Screen: The most expensive part of the iPhone 7, the seventh version of the iPhone, is its screen. It uses a retina screen. If you calculate the price of the material, the price of the screen is 43 US dollars.
60 percent of Apple’s total revenue comes from the iPhone: 60 percent of Apple’s total revenue comes from the sale of the iPhone. In the fourth quarter of 2017 or the quarter ended last October 31st December, 6 crore 82 lakh units of iPhone have been sold. Apple’s second-highest revenue comes from 14 percent of sales in the service sector. References: Gadgets Now, Slate, CNN, The Verge