iPhone Releases, Today and Yesterday

The tech world always goes bonkers when a new iPhone is released.

Speculation runs rampant. Will the latest iPhone have a joystick? Can it shoot Death Star laser beams? Will Siri be viewable as a hologram? Wrong. Wrong. And wrong.

The iPhone X was released this week. Despite rumors, it does have some pretty cool and sexy features, like facial recognition. You can unlock your phone with your face. It’s an exciting development that almost sounds like a yo mama joke (Yo mama is so ugly, she can unlock her iPhone X with her face).

That’s not all. The home button, to unlock your phone, on the iPhone X is gone. Instead, the X has Face ID, which allows you to unlock your phone and make iTunes purchases by looking at your phone.

Very cool, but apparently the designers at Apple never saw the John Travolta/ Nicolas Cage movie, Face Off. Attention security!

On the end of the spectrum, X (cool people simply call the iPhone X simply “X”) also has Animoji, which is an animated emoji that can mirror your facial expressions. This could present some phone fun for about an hour of your life.

June was the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. That was back when Steve Jobs would introduce a tech device game-changer to the world. That was a defining moment; it marked the point in the world where there wasn’t an iPhone to a world where there was one.

To salute the X and the history of this wonderful device, let’s chart past iPhones and what was toted as the hot new sexy feature.

June 29, 2007: iPhone 2G

The first iPhone release was nicknamed “The Jesus Phone” because people were so amazed by what it could do. Besides changing the tech world, the first iPhone dictated the design form of all iPhones to follow.

July 11, 2008: iPhone 3G

The hot new features included Assisted GPS and a 3G connection. But the main game-changing feature, that’s still around to this day; this was the first iPhone to be accompanied by the Apple App store, which allowed users to download apps to their phones.

June 19, 2009: iPhone 3GS

So the 3G was updated with a faster processor. But what got people excited was a higher resolution camera – that could capture a whopping 480p video! (I know, that makes us laugh a smug 2017 laugh.)

June 24 2010: iPhone 4

Retina was introduced, which was the first time an iPhone had an incredible high-resolution display. The camera was updated to 5 megapixel and a front camera was introduced for video calling.

October 14, 2011: iPhone 4S

Once again, the camera was upgraded to the 8 megapixel and the 4S had the ability to record video at 1080p. And guess what else was introduced? That’s right, Siri – the voice assistant that changed the face of iPhones.

September 21, 2012: iPhone 5

The new features on the 5 were more internal. It had a dual-core A6 chip and the display grew to 4”. And gone was the 30-pin connector that was replaced with a digital lightning connector. Bye-bye, 30-pin connector.

September 20, 2013: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

Yes, two iPhones released at once. (Though the iPhone 5 was discontinued a year later.) This marked the introduction of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the Home button. Also the camera got a facelift with a bigger aperture and a dual LED flash.

September 19, 2014: iPhone 6

Good news for video fans, the iPhone 6 introduced Optical image stabilization – that meant less blurry videos by using a combo of the M8 motion coprocessor and an upgrade of the camera lens; resulting in clearer photos as well even in low light. The iOS 8 upgrade added the ability to make calls over WiFi when cell coverage wasn’t available.

September 9, 2015: iPhone 6S

Similar in design to the 6, what got people excited about the 6S was a a 12-megapixel camera, improvements in the arena of fingerprint recognition sensor, and it also introduced the hardware feature “3D Touch,” which allowed pressure-sensitive touch inputs.

September 16, 2016: iPhone 7

This was the iPhone that caused the controversy of no headphone jack. But it also had the added feature of stereo sound, improved battery life and was water resistant to help with those times you accidentally spilled Apple juice on your iPhone.