Can Apple's iPhone 7 beat the original classic iPhone?

by Fredrick Graves June 30, 2017, 0:19
Can Apple's iPhone 7 beat the original classic iPhone?

Since the September launch of the Apple iPhone 8 is drawing near, leaked information on the highly anticipated iPhone are surfacing consistently. The 3.5-inch (8.9-centimeter) screen of the first iPhone has grown 5 centimeters in the ensuing years. Both versions featured a curved design, a faster processor, improved cameras, along with NFC support.

The iPhone 4, launched in 2010, introduced yet another redesign, this time with a glass body. One slightly worrying fact: That camera bump on the back is not small by any means; it adds 1.63mm to the phone's thickness for a total of 9.13mm.

The iPhone also had its critics, and while some made claims about longevity and impact that would ultimately prove to be embarrassingly inaccurate, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer perhaps put it best when he said: "You can get a Motorola Q for $99". This is another rumored feature of the iPhone 8 that has been linked to a bezel-less device. The late Steve Jobs, in a classic instance of mis-direction, had been quoted as saying how hard it was to work with the phone companies, implying he felt it was not a worthwhile battle.

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.

"Its impact is huge", Tuong Nguyen, principal research analyst at Gartner told NBC News.

Fiscal 2018 will be a big year for Apple, and there's little reason to think that the next iPhone won't live up to the hype and recent stock gains.

"You can nearly argue they eclipsed themselves in that sense", Nguyen said. The headline of that piece, "iPhone: A Menace to Moto?" shows how investors generally viewed the matter, what they were concerned with at the time.

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Its many new features, while cool, seemed unnecessary and unproven.

The Guardian's Jemima Kiss: "Apple's much-anticipated iPhone. will struggle to break into the mainstream because of a lack of a 3G connection and low demand for converged devices, according to research", she said.

It also ushered in a new app economy with the creation of the App Store in 2008.

Apple doesn't use a traditional numbering scheme for the iPhone.

And don't forget about the app economy, the burgeoning market that's slated to become a $6.3 trillion industry in just four years.

Starting with the basics, modern smartphones like the iPhone 7 are staggeringly powerful when compared to the first iPhone. Even though the phone was not much different than its predecessor, it still did not stop Apple fans from buying it.

The iPhone was evidence smartphones were really becoming more and more an consumer phenomenon, which was not obvious at a time when BlackBerry was a business road warrior's tool.


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