Behind the iPhone: Factories in China

Friday, 30 Jun, 2017

Shares of Apple hit an all-time high last month, not necessarily because of what it's done in the past; it's more that expectations are high for the iPhone 8 to be a bar-raising rollout.

Just to be clear, she didn't say that the iPhone would fail. Apple did their homework and added what was missing in the iPhone 2007.

"One of the improvements that we're expecting in technology is this ability to get vital health information that can be monitored all the time", he said, "and the iPhone will be able to provide that". He likened it to a widescreen iPod, a revolutionary mobile phone and a "breakthrough internet communications device", before finally revealing that it was one single device, not three, in what would later become one of the most famous product announcements ever. The second: is a revolutionary mobile phone. Sure, feature phones have third party applications too, but these are relatively weak and limited applications that work with the middleware such as Java and BREW. It had its own variety of limitations.

July 11, 2008: Apple iPhone 3G goes on sale.

The folks over at OnLeaks and Tiger Mobiles claim to have gotten their hands on an iPhone 8 dummy unit. An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator. Surprisingly on eBay UK, it's the iPhone 5C - which came out in 2013 - that takes the crown as the most popular iPhone. However, we do know that Apple always finds a way to remain relevant.

Technology has certainly progressed a lot since that fateful day in 2007.

Ten years following the debut of the iPhone, my life as it relates to smartphone purchases has followed the same rhythm, just like so many others. With some new options for the colour, iPhone 7 straight got onto the line up of gen-next era of future smartphones. With the pressure sensitive display (3D Touch) and short videos captured with pictures (Live Photos), the device boasted a better camera and specs. Most, if not all, come equipped with baked-in personal assistants that are getting smarter by the day.

Apple had its eyes on smartphones as early as the '80s, with computer developer Hartmut Esslinger being tasked by Apple to create a landline phone with features reminiscent of what we would later see in the iPhone and iPad. They've fostered the growth of phone-centric social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, and they've changed the way we communicate so much that a voice call seems like an archaic method of contacting our loved ones.

A quick search on eBay for "first generation Apple iPhone" might turn up some surprising numbers: you'll probably see a price tag in excess of US$100 - alongside words such as "rare" and "collectible".