The Iphone: Where It All Began

The iPhone is often considered to be the ‘original’ smartphone here in Australia. Owned by Apple Inc., it runs on the iOS system – as do all of Apple’s mobile devices.

Work started on the original iPhone back in 2004; Apple gathered a team of 1000 experts and began work on a ‘secret project’. This project was dubbed ‘Project Purple’. The first iPhone was unveiled to the public on January the 9th, 2007 at the Macworld convention in San Francisco. There was a lot of hype surrounding the release of the first iPhone, and for good reason – at this point in time, touch screens were a novelty!

The iPhone 3G was released here in Australia mid 2008.

What are the different iPhone models to date?

It all began with the iPhone 1st Generation (some called it the iPhone 1G or iPhone 2G). Currently, the latest model is the iPhone 6 Plus.

Here’s the complete list of iPhones to date:

•    iPhone (1st Generation) – iOS 1.0
•    iPhone 3G – iOS 2.0
•    iPhone 3GS  – iOS 3.0
•    iPhone 4 – iOS 4.0
•    iPhone 4S – iOS 5.0
•    iPhone 5 – iOS 6.0
•    iPhone 5C – iOS 7.0
•    iPhone 5S – iOS 7.0
•    iPhone 6 – iOS 8.0
•    iPhone 6 Plus – iOS 8.0

Competition

If we’re talking about smart phones specifically, Samsung’s Galaxy is the iPhone’s biggest competitor.

However, on a larger scale it really is a case of Android vs. iOS. Here in Australia, Android leads the race; it accounts for 66% of the market share compared to 27% for iOS. In short, these two operating systems rule the market; minor systems such as BlackBerry and Windows Phone barely get a look in.

Mobile apps

iPhone owners are spoilt for choice when it comes to smartphone applications; there are plenty to choose from. All iPhone apps are available via Apple’s App Store – in fact you can’t download legitimate iOS apps from anywhere else.

For this reason, some people choose to ‘jailbreak’ their iPhones. Jailbreaking basically means unlocking the phone from Apple; it removes Apple’s restrictions and gives you full control. This means you can customise your phone and download apps that aren’t approved by Apple. The downside is it voids your warranty and makes your device more susceptible to security breaches.

When it comes to apps development, a lot of people choose to create iOS and Android apps first – since they are the most popular operating systems. There are plenty of Android and iOS developers out there due to the ever-increasing demand.

If you’re looking for experts that specialise in iOS or Android developer in Melbourne, check out here, you won’t have any trouble finding someone who can assist you!

What does the future hold?

Even though Android holds the majority of the market share, the iPhone will always be popular – after all, it’s made by Apple. It will always have its fair share of devotees who wouldn’t ‘buy anything other than an iPhone’. To be fair, the iPhone is a high quality product that delivers excellent user experience – something that other manufacturers have struggled to match. What can you expect from subsequent iPhone models? You’ll just have to wait and see!

Ana Camacho