The History of Apple iPhones - All You Need To Know!

Updated:21 Sep, 2022

iPhone is a smartphone line designed by Apple which runs on Apple's dedicated 'iOS'. The first-generation iPhone was announced by CEO Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, who was the Apple CEO at the time.

Apple iPhones History:

Apple created a team that included software designers and engineers. They realized that the web and the digital revolution were bringing richer and ever more complex media to computers, and they realized that clicking and typing might not be the best way to navigate this new future.

In 2004, Steve Jobs gave the design team a task to work on highly confidential 'Project Purple' in order to come up with something like iPhone, and they indeed came up with something that blew Steve Jobs' mind. And thereafter, the project would be top secret. 

Apple had 2 projects going in parallel. One, which was led by Tony Fadell, was to enlarge the current iPod into a phone and the other, which was led by Scott Forstall, was to shrink the Mac OS down to a phone. 

No one from either project could see the work of the other. The software team wasn't allowed to see the hardware, and the hardware team wasn't allowed to see the software.

Before the iPhone:

While the projects were running, Apple partnered with Motorola in September 2005 and launched an iTunes phone (Motorola ROKR). The idea was that people would try out iTunes on the phone and then buy an iPod. But it was a failure.

Birth of iOS:

The Mac OS team led by Scott Forstall came up with a device i.e a fully-fledged multi-touch computer that fits in your hand. Forstall and his team thought a shrunken-down version of Mac OS would be better and theorized that the mobile chip technology had become powerful enough to run a version of Mac OS. They went ahead with this idea, and here's how iOS was born.

Touch-Screen Factor:

Capacitive multi-touch was invented in the late 1960s when a screen could recognize the presence of more than one point of contact with the surface simultaneously. This was the first time they were working on a transparent capacitive multitouch that was mass-producible.

The teams present there were now trying to make the most ambitious device ever imagined. And it was equally difficult for the developers because, if any app crashed, it was difficult to trace the errors.

The original iPhone screen was supposed to be plastic like the iPods, however, the decision of using glass was made one month after the launch. And the day finally came, January 9, 2007.


Apple announced on June 11, 2007, at the Worldwide Developers Conference, that the iPhone would support third-party applications using the Safari engine. Users would be able to access Web 2.0 applications created by third parties via the Internet. 

After some experimentation, the first iPhone was officially launched and made available to the public in 2007, and was prominently advertised at that year's Macworld. The iPhone was initially available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Spain, Italy, and South Africa. 

The first generation iPhone was built at Taiwanese company Hon Hai's Shenzhen factory (also known as Foxconn). Because it only supported 2G mobile data, the first-generation iPhone is commonly referred to as the "iPhone 2G."

Apple iPhone mobile came with a 3.50-inch display offering a resolution of 320x480 pixels. Currently, Apple iPhone is powered by a 412 MHz one-core processor. It comes with 128MB of RAM. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Apple iPhone on the rear packed a 2-megapixel camera.

The Apple iPhone was based on iOS 3 and had 4GB of inbuilt storage. It had a single SIM (GSM) card and measures 115.00 x 61.00 x 11.60mm (height x width x thickness) Additionally, it had Wi-Fi. Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass/ magnetometer


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