Iphone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. They run Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007 and the most recent iPhone model is the iPhone 7, which was unveiled at a special event on September 7, 2016.
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1. Development of what was to become the iPhone began in 2004, when Apple started to gather a team of 1000 employees to work on the highly confidential “Project Purple”, including Jonathan Ive, the designer behind the iMac and iPod.
2. Apple CEO Steve Jobs steered the original focus away from a tablet, like the iPad, and towards a phone.
3. Apple created the device during a secretive collaboration with AT&T Mobility—Cingular Wireless at the time—at an estimated development cost of US$150 million over thirty months.
4. Apple rejected the “design by committee” approach that had yielded the Motorola ROKR E1, a largely unsuccessful collaboration with Motorola. I
5. Cingular gave Apple the liberty to develop the iPhone’s hardware and software in-house instead and even paid Apple a fraction of its monthly service revenue (until the iPhone 3G), in exchange for four years of exclusive US sales, until 2011.
6. Jobs unveiled the iPhone to the public on January 9, 2007, at the Macworld 2007 convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
7. The two initial models, a 4 GB model priced at US$499 and an 8 GB model at US$599 (both requiring a 2-year contract), went on sale in the United States on June 29, 2007, at 6:00 pm local time, while hundreds of customers lined up outside the stores nationwide.
8. The passionate reaction to the launch of the iPhone resulted in sections of the media dubbing it the ‘Jesus phone’.
9. Following this successful release in the US, the first generation iPhone was made available in the UK, France, and Germany in November 2007, and Ireland and Austria in the spring of 2008.
10. On July 11, 2008, Apple released the iPhone 3G in twenty-two countries, including the original six.
11. Apple released the iPhone 3G in upwards of eighty countries and territories.
12. Apple announced the iPhone 3GS on June 8, 2009, along with plans to release it later in June, July, and August, starting with the US, Canada and major European countries on June 19. Many would-be users objected to the iPhone’s cost, and 40% of users had household incomes over US$100,000.
13. The back of the original first generation iPhone was made of aluminum with a black plastic accent.
14. The iPhone 3G and 3GS feature a full plastic back to increase the strength of the GSM signal.
15. The iPhone 3G was available in an 8 GB black model, or a black or white option for the 16 GB model. The iPhone 3GS was available in both colors, regardless of storage capacity.
16. The iPhone 4 has an aluminosilicate glass front and back with a stainless steel edge that serves as the antennas.
17. It was at first available in black; the white version was announced, but not released until April 2011, 10 months later.
18. Users of the iPhone 4 reported dropped/disconnected telephone calls when holding their phones in a certain way. This became known as antennagate.
19. On January 11, 2011, Verizon announced during a media event that it had reached an agreement with Apple and would begin selling a CDMA iPhone 4. Verizon said it would be available for pre-order on February 3, with a release set for February 10.
20. In February 2011, the Verizon iPhone accounted for 4.5% of all iPhone ad impressions in the US on Millennial Media’s mobile ad network.
21. From 2007 to 2011, Apple spent $647 million on advertising for the iPhone in the US.
22. On Tuesday, September 27, Apple sent invitations for a press event to be held October 4, 2011, at 10:00 am at the Cupertino Headquarters to announce details of the next generation iPhone, which turned out to be iPhone 4S.
23. Over 1 million 4S models were sold in the first 24 hours after its release in October 2011.
24. Due to large volumes of the iPhone being manufactured and its high selling price, Apple became the largest mobile handset vendor in the world by revenue, in 2011, surpassing long-time leader Nokia.
25. American carrier C Spire Wireless announced that it would be carrying the iPhone 4S on October 19, 2011.
26. In January 2012, Apple reported its best quarterly earnings ever, with 53% of its revenue coming from the sale of 37 million iPhones, at an average selling price of nearly $660.
27. The average selling price has remained fairly constant for most of the phone’s lifespan, hovering between $622 and $660.
28. The production price of the iPhone 4S was estimated by IHS iSuppli, in October 2011, to be $188, $207 and $245, for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models, respectively.
29. Labor costs are estimated at between $12.50 and $30 per unit, with workers on the iPhone assembly line making $1.78 an hour.
30. In February 2012, ComScore reported that 12.4% of US mobile subscribers used an iPhone. Approximately 6.4 million iPhones are active in the US alone.
31. On September 12, 2012, Apple announced the iPhone 5. It has a 4-inch display, up from its predecessors’ 3.5-inch screen.
32. The device comes with the same 326 pixels per inch found in the iPhone 4 and 4S.
33. The iPhone 5 has the SoC A6 processor, the chip is 22% smaller than the iPhone 4S’ A5 and is twice as fast, doubling the graphics performance of its predecessor.
34. The device is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S, measuring 7.6 millimetres (0.3 in), and is 20% lighter at 112 grams (4 oz).
35. On July 6, 2013, it was reported that Apple was in talks with Korean mobile carrier SK Telecom to release the next generation iPhone with LTE Advanced technology.
36. On July 22, 2013, the company’s suppliers said that Apple is testing out larger screens for the iPhone and iPad.
37. On September 10, 2013, Apple unveiled two new iPhone models during a highly anticipated press event in Cupertino.
38. The iPhone 5C, a mid-range-priced version of the handset that is designed to increase accessibility due to its price is available in five colors (green, blue, yellow, pink, and white) and is made of plastic.
39. The iPhone 5S comes in three colors (black, white, and gold) and the home button is replaced with a fingerprint scanner (Touch ID). Both phones shipped on September 20, 2013.
40. On September 9, 2014, Apple revealed the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus at an event in Cupertino. Both devices had a larger screen than their predecessor, at 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively.
41. In January 2015, “Apple stands on second slot i.e only 31% in US market”.
42. Competing devices with Android operating system have a market share approximately 62% of the US, 82.7% of the Chinese market, and 73.3% of the European market (countries such as the UK, France, Germany Spain and Italy).
43. In 2016, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which add water resistance, improved system and graphics performance, a new dual-camera setup on the Plus model, new color options, and remove the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
44. The first ever iPhone was conceptualized in 1983. Way back in 1983, Apple computer developer Hartmut Esslinger designed a landline phone that reflected iPhone and iPad features today with a stylus-controlled interface. It never saw the light of day, but it’s good to know that Apple had already been playing with iPhone ideas a long time ago.
45. The App Store was the first place to legally download an app. One of the most revolutionary aspects of the iPhone was the App Store, wherein users could legally download apps for free or for a fee.
46. There’s a Bono in every iPhone. Look closely, and you’ll see that the Artists icon in your Music app is actually the silhouette of U2 singer Bono.
47. It’s always 9:42am in iPhone ads. Apple events start at 9am and the ads are timed to appear about 40 minutes into the presentations. Since Apple knows the lead-up doesn’t take exactly 40 minutes, they pad it by a minute or two. More recent ads have now moved to 9:41.
48. iPhone was Invention of the Year. The Apple iPhone was considered so revolutionary that Time Magazine named it Invention of the Year in 2007.
49. 200 patents, 1 iPhone. Since the iPhone was released in 2007, Apple has owned more than 200 patents relating to the iPhone’s technology. That’s a lot of patents for one small phone.
50. The Jesus phone. Some media people dubbed the iPhone the “Jesus phone” due to the near-religious fervor among Apple fans that met the first iPhone announcement.