The evolution of the iPhone then and now

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Three years ago Apple announced their first “iPhone” which completely change cellular industry and once again initiated a tough and never ending competition from other players like Nokia, HTC, BlackBerry, Sony Ericsson, Samsung & LG. The iPhone not only set the precedent for others but also with its revolutionary operating system changed the whole world and started an era of Google’s Android platform and Palm’s webOS.

Tomorrow on June 7th 2010 WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference) will be held at Moscone Center West in San Francisco. Steve Jobs will present iPhone 4G officially. But before that lets us quickly glance at past and see what iPhone was all about.

iPhone 2G

2G

Specifications

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2007, January. Released 2007, June
Status Discontinued
Size Dimensions 115 x 61 x 11.6 mm
Weight 135 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches

    – Multi-touch input method
    – Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
    – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    – Scratch-resistant surface

Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes

    – 3.5 mm headset jack

Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records 100 received, dialed and missed calls
Internal 4/8/16 GB
Card slot No
Data GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0, headset support only
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Camera Primary 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
Video No
Secondary No
Features OS iPhone OS (based on Mac OS)
CPU ARM 11 412 MHz, PowerVR MBX-Lite graphics
Messaging SMS (threaded view), Email
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
Games Downloadable, incl. motion-based
Colors Black
GPS No
Java No

    – Google Maps
    – Audio/video player
    – TV-out

iPhone 3G

3G

Specifications

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2008, June
Status Available. Released 2008, July
Size Dimensions 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm
Weight 133 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches

    – Multi-touch input method
    – Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
    – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    – Scratch-resistant surface
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Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes

    – 3.5 mm headset jack

Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records 100 received, dialed and missed calls
Internal 8 GB/ 16 GB storage, 128 MB RAM
Card slot No
Data GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G HSDPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, headset support only
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Camera Primary 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
Video No
Secondary No
Features OS iPhone OS (based on Mac OS)
CPU ARM 11 412 MHz, PowerVR MBX-Lite graphics
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS(threaded view), Email
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
Games Downloadable, incl. motion-based
Colors Black(8/16 GB), White (16 GB)
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No

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    – Google Maps
    – Audio/video player
    – TV-out

iPhone 3GS

3GS

Specifications
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2009, June
Status Available. Released 2009, June
Size Dimensions 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm
Weight 135 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches

    – Multi-touch input method
    – Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
    – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    – Scratch-resistant surface

Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes

    – 3.5 mm headset jack

Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records 100 received, dialed and missed calls
Internal 16 GB/ 32 GB storage, 256 MB RAM
Card slot No
Data GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, headset support only
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus
Features Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video Yes, VGA@30fps, video geo-tagging
Secondary No
Features OS iPhone OS (based on Mac OS)
CPU ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX535 graphics
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
Games Downloadable, incl. motion-based
Colors Black, White
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No

    – Digital compass
    – Google Maps
    – Audio/video player
    – TV-out
    – Voice command/dia
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iPhone 4G

4G

Specifications

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced Exp. announcement 2010, June
Status Rumored. Exp. release 2010, 3Q
SIZE Dimensions 114.3 x 58.7 x 9.4 mm
Weight 140g
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 640 x 960 pixels, 3.5 inches

    – Multi-touch input method
    – Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
    – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    – Scratch-resistant surface

SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes

    – 3.5 mm headset jack

MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records 100 received, dialed and missed calls
Internal 64/80 GB storage
Card slot No
DATA GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video Yes
Secondary Yes
FEATURES OS iPhone OS (based on Mac OS)
CPU Apple A4 processor
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
Games Downloadable, incl. motion-based
Colors Black, White
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No

    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone
    – Social networking integration with live updates
    – Digital compass
    – Google Maps
    – Audio/video player
    – Voice command/dial
    – TV-out

Apple has come VERY far from where they originally started if we were to compare the iPhone 2G to the 3GS you will see there is a remarkable amount of difference which will definitely make you want the 3GS. Apple to date has sold over 50 million iPhones and the numbers continue to rise every day. With the arrival of the iPhone 4G Apple is once again going to take the hand held mobile market by storm like they always do when ever they release a new product like the iPod, iPad and MacBook’s