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10 years of iPhone July 14th, 2017

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Apple's iPhone. The iPhone has gained 2 inches in screen real estate from its initial release and more than doubled it's talk time in the latest iteration. While the first iPhone had a whopping 4- or 8-gigabyte storage options (later the next year adding a 16-gigabyte options), now customers can choose between 32-, 128-, and 256-gigabytes.

Going from a single-core 412 MHz processor to a quad-core 2.3 GHz process and from 128 MB of onboard RAM to 3 GB, the iPhone has greatly increased its speed in the last 10 years. With the first iPhone selling around 6.1 million units over its lifetime, the iPhone 7/7 Plus has sold over 78.3 million and counting.

Getting the grainy yet acceptable photographs from the first iPhone is overshadowed by the iPhone 7 Plus' 3 cameras set up. Now boasting a dual 12-MP rear camera (with an f/1.8 aperture and one telephoto with a f/2.8 aperture) and a 7 MP front-facing camera. The first iteration of iPhone came in one look, now the latest generation coming in 5 bold colors.

The iPhone has seen many changes over its lifetime and can be seen as one of the best-selling smartphones on the market. As Apple innovate to stay in the race with the ever growing popular Samsung Galaxy phones, they need to pull something big off to make a splash.

WHAT'S NEXT

Though nothing is concrete yet, the 'iPhone 8' leaks seem to paint a very pretty picture of what we might see in the near future. Yesterday OnLeaks and Tiger Mobile released a video showing what they believe to be the next iPhone to be released. The video shows many of the previously leaked features and design.

source: OnLeaks and Tiger Mobile

The main complaint that is seen throughout the iPhone blogosphere with all the leaks is that the camera bump is still present, with some even saying that the latest OnLeaks/Tiger Mobile leaks would be a perfect iPhone if it wasn't for the bump.

Apple has also made some interesting patents in the recent months. Some of these patents include wireless charging of the iPhone through cases using millimeter wave technology 1, optical 3D mapping that is generated by the surface of an object (i.e. hologram technology) 2, virtual 3D UI that focuses on the position of the user's eyes to make for better viewing angles 3, Siri-to-Siri communication 4, and many more.

Apple is hard at work on creating the next big breakthrough on what is possible with technology, and though we are a few months away from learning the actual design and specs of the 'iPhone 8', these leaks are promising. Through all the success of the iPhone from generation to generation and each coming evolution, it's exciting to see what Apple has in store for the next 10 years.


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