Was it really 10 years ago


Would you believe it that it’s now been just over 10 years since Apple released the very first iPhone. Soon, we’re expecting the release of the iPhone 8 to mark this special milestone, but also celebrating this monumental achievement in the iPhone’s history is Contact Numbers UK who have launched an #iPhoneIs10 campaign.

The original release of the Apple iPhone instantly gained attention worldwide. With it’s ability to download apps and its multitouch display, it was a completely new concept to the mobile phone market. It was now possible to use a mobile phone as a multi-purpose device. But what else has changed since the original release?

Phone: 115x61x11.6mm, 135g
iPhone 7: 138x67x7.1mm, 138g

Looking back now, the original iPhone was a bit of an ugly duckling. A thick black bezel surrounded the LCD and the rear was coated in black plastic.

iPhone: 3.5in 320×480 resolution at 165ppi
iPhone 7: 4.7in 1,334×750 resolution at 326ppi

Whilst the resolution of the iPhone 7 still isn’t up to the standards of some other mobile devices such as the Galaxy S7, it’s safe to say it has greatly improved since the early release.

iPhone: 32-bit 412 MHz Samsung ARM processor, 128MB of RAM, 4GB or 8GB storage
iPhone 7: A10 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB/128GB/256GB storage

The largest differences between both phones is the internal hardware. 10 years ago, phone’s weren’t as heavily used as they are nowadays. We rely on mobile phones now for email, transport, everyday reminders, social networking…I could go on. To handle all these increasingly intense challenges, the hardware within the phones has had to quickly adapt.

iPhone: 2MP fixed-focus camera
iPhone 7: 12MP rear-facing, f/1.8, OIS, 7MP front-facing

Remember those pixelated mirror selfies? Fortunately we no longer need to take such photos with the addition of a front facing camera and a pixel-rating so high that it’s now ahead of most compact digital cameras.


iPhone: 5 hours of talk-time
iPhone 7: 21 hours, 1,960mAh

Once upon a time the battery capacity was measured only in ‘talk-time’. The way we communicate and the frequency has changed a bit since then, and so the battery in the iPhone has increased to a limit where you could talk for 21 hours if you so wished!

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Check out the infographic below for a walk through Appleā€™s timeline.

Article in collaboration with Contact Numbers UK