Less than a year before the tenth anniversary of the first iPhone, the device that revolutionized the world of mobile telephony, we can say with certainty that it has undergone many changes in design since its launch , on January 9, 2007.
There have not been radical transformations between one generation and another, that’s a fact, but since we met the iPhone until today it has evolved a lot. We have just launched its latest models (iPhone 7 – iPhone 7 Plus), we will go back to 2007 to see how it all started.
The company’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, had a hand in holding that new device at his presentation. Yet, not only did he surprise the world with a touch-screen mobile phone, it was the size of this one that blew everyone’s mind. Compared to mobile phones at the time, it was huge. It was a 3.5-inch capacitive TFT multi-touch screen.
And with such a screen in that device, what were its dimensions? Well, no more and no less than 115 mm high, 61 mm wide and 11.6 mm thick. That size was very close to what we called at that time “a brick”. In terms of the materials used to make the shell, they used plastic, which many people did not find revolutionary.
On the front, besides the monster screen , we find the typical speaker for calls and the start button, the same one that would become the identity stamp of these devices ; without front camera. On the back would be the 2 megapixel camera without flash and the company logo, in a chromed grey, with the aim of standing out.
At the top we would find the space for our SIM, the off button and the input for the 3.5 mm jack for our EarPods.
On the edges, specifically on the left, as the right one was smooth, we had the mute tab and the volume buttons. And finally, on the bottom of the device, two speakers separated by an input for the 40-pin connector , which would serve both to charge our iPhone and to connect it to our PC, and the microphone.
That said, you may find that there have been no major design changes over the years. But let’s compare it to the design of the new iPhone 7 Plus.
Screen: the competition passed Apple by in this aspect years later and the demand for bigger inches grew and grew, so they got down to business. Now instead of 3.5″ we have them up to 5.5″. And they are no longer TFT, now they are LCD Retina screens, one of the best on the market.
Size: Do you remember how big we thought that first iPhone was? Imagine the look on everyone’s face if they had launched an iPhone measuring 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, which sometimes makes it very difficult to use with one hand, instead of that little toy measuring 115 x 61 x 11.6 mm that Jobs presented to the world.
Production materials: threw the plastic in the trash and today we have 7000 aluminum , the strongest manufacturing material that has ever mounted the iPhone. And don’t forget the sapphire glass that now protects the rear camera which, according to some sources, is the type of glass used for space shuttle windows; what else can we say.
Front: the call speaker has been improved and works like the speakers at the bottom, providing great immersion with its stereo sound. The start button is no longer a button , it now merges 3D Touch (recognition of different pressure levels) and Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) technology. Now we also have a front camera, and 7 megapixel no less.
Back: the dual 12 megapixel camera and the Quad LED flash, with a secondary microphone between these two, makes us wonder at the unstoppable progress of their cameras and those of mobile devices in general. The logo seems not to want to leave the back, as bright as ever.
Upper part: empty As smooth as the right edge of the first iPhone was.
Borders: on the left side still holds the mute tab and the volume buttons, but with a different look. The right one is no longer an outlier , and now has one of the most important buttons, the mute button, and the space for our NanoSIM.
Lower part: here we end up naming the two speakers, improved, separated by the Lightning connector replacing that prehistoric 40-pin and 3.5 mm jack , which has been with us for so many years, but in this last model has gone to not return.
Now we realize that the picture has changed quite a bit. Both in design, hardware components and the growth of your iOS operating system. Some will think for the better, and some will think for the better. It is all a matter of tastes and opinions.
But what is unquestionable is the constant evolution of technology , which does not and will not slow down. And that technology evolves, normally, is positive.