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Apple iPhone turns 6 today
Six years ago today, long lines and plenty of media attention greeted the Apple iPhone as it was launched. The original generation of the device carried specs that certainly wouldn't live up to today's models. The 3.5 inch screen offered resolution of 320 x 480, and a pixel density of 165ppi, a far cry from today's Retina display. A single core 412Mhz processor powered the device which also contained 128MB of RAM and a 2MP rear facing shooter.

A lot of features were left out of that first model, including 3G connectivity, GPS, MMS and a flash for the camera. Speaking of the camera, that early snapper did not have autofocus. In other words, things have progressed so much over the last six years that the OG version of the device would be considered an entry-level model today.

Few remember, but when the 4GB Apple iPhone first was released on June 29th 2007, it was priced at $499. By September, AT&T cut the price of the phone by $200 bringing the 4GB model down to $299 and the 8GB version to $399. Both prices, of course, required a two-year contract with AT&T where the phone was an exclusive at the time.

The most recent version of the phone, the Apple iPhone 5, increased the size of the screen to 4 inches for the first time. But after 6 years, the phone no longer seems as innovative and fresh as it did back in 2007. Today, most of the features that seemed so fascinating about the Apple iPhone back then can be found on low-end Android or Windows Phones.

Still, we must wish the Apple iPhone a Happy 6th Birthday even if Apple itself slapped the obsolete label on the original generation of the phone earlier this month.

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posted on 29 Jun 2013, 22:26 3

1. DANTExphone888 (Posts: 97; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


6yrs, 6th generations of IPhones.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 22:42 16

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3697; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


6 years of greatness.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 23:08 13

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Actually just 2.5. Anything after the 3G, excluding the iPhone 4 retina display just wasn't that innovative (No, Siri doesn't count as Apple BOUGHT it practically and didn't invent it themselves).

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:22 4

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope 6 years of greatness is right. You may not think so, and that's your opinion, but the stats speak for themselves. No need to hate dude.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 09:16 2

49. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Stats? What stats? Perhaps you mean that geekbench score which determined the iPhone 5as the slowest smartphone? :D

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 10:45 5

53. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No I meant the huge sales, and high customer satisfaction rate. You may hate apple, and who cares if you do, but while you sit on the couch and complain on PA...Apple is busy being a huge successful business. The hell with geekbench who cares other than fanboys like you dude?

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 14:10 3

74. ilia1986 (unregistered)


lol why should I complain actually? Apple is getting hammered left and right, and I just enjoy the show. Who cares about sales and satisfaction rates when a person who has a bit of a technical background, can buy a good Android phone, root it, install a custom rom on it (liquidsmooth for example :)) and have his phone behave EXACTLY down to the tiniest detail the way he or she wants.

I got a galalxy S3 (2012 phone) running Liquidsmooth 2.7 Android 4.2.2. It can do almost anything: From the lockscreen, I now get all the lockscreen widgets immediately expanded upon waking the phone, so I can scroll through them easily. Wanna access my lockscreen ring - I just tap on it. I can also hold it in its previous state to unlock the phone. Below it I got the Navbar. I swipe from the navbar up, and can change my ring mode from vibrate\mute\normal.

Below that I got the 3 normal GS3 buttons. Well the home button unlocks my phone but you'd think that's about it, right? WRONG. I set my long press menu button to enable\disable the torch light, my long press home button to change my ring mode as well, just because I can, and my long press back button to instantly launch the camera.

All this from the LOCK SCREEN.

But wait, it gets better. My home button also acts as a screen off button, so 1 press of it wakes the phone, another unlocks it, and another locks it back on!! Also, with my phone unlocked, I set a long press on the menu button to launch a widget viewfinder which instantly brings me a Google Keep note widget. A long press on the back button leads to a shortcut to a folder I made which includes shortcuts to the torch light, the camera, waze and Google music ID. In addition the folder includes 4 shortcuts to 'popup widgets' - shirtcuts upon pressing which a widget of your choice comes up instantly. So this above mentioned folder appears ANYWHERE I want it to appear regardless of in which app I am - and I can instantly popup my calendar widget, my calculator widget, my fav weather widget, etc.

But it gets even better. With a feature called HALO, I have a little orb in my corner which lights up when there is a notification coming, and when I click on the orb, a mini FULLY FUNCTIONAL version of the app which made the notification appears, and I can quickly respond to it, while anything I was doing before that gets paused.

That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the actual possibilities of what this thing can do.

So high satisfaction ratings? Screw them. I got my phone working PRECISELY the way I want. How many iPhone users can ever say that?

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 14:19

75. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


To that I simply say; who the hell cares. Enjoy your phone, and trust when I'm banking on my Iphone, recording my sons games on my iPhone, taking pics, YouTubing, gaming, reading, enjoying the web, or whatever it is I'm doing. I don't think about you, geekbench, or the speed of the persons android that's next to me. You wrote all that for nothing. Who the F** cares what your phone can do other than you dude? You've become am fanboyish idiot since you left iOS for android...enjoy your phone "I got my phone working PRECISELY the way I want. How many iPhone users can ever say that". Well all of them if their phones work according to how they want them to. I can't believe how dumb of a statement that was...later dude lol gee wiz

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 14:27 2

77. ilia1986 (unregistered)


lol denial will bring you nothing. If everyone's tastes were exactly alike - we would all be wearing clothes of the same style and color. We don't. So yes - having something you use very often behave exactly like you want to - is a very major issue.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 14:40

79. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Bye dude go geekbench your phone, and let me know the scores. You've become pathetic

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 14:47 2

80. ilia1986 (unregistered)


And you have become increasingly ignorant. Have a nice day. :)

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 15:01

82. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude I'm not your enemy, nor do I dislike you so I apologize for any arrogance. I simply remember you being about choice, and people enjoying what they like ilia. Not everyone want android, or iOS, choice right? You've sat here and explained all this stuff your phone can do, and that's great, but dude I don't need all that. I have a note 2 also, and it's not even rooted...why? Cuz it works for me as is, and so does my Iphone. Sorry for the arrogance, enjoy your device. The s3 is a top notch phone no argument from me on that one, and enjoy your day as well. It's my birthday tomorrow, but since its a work day I'm celebrating it with my fiancé today. Headed to see White House down. Be cool dude.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 15:03 1

83. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No disrespect intended just teasing. Sometime we "myself included" get too tightly wound about this trivial tech stuff. Cool?

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 22:34

85. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Sure man, happy birthday. :) My point wasn't that the iPhone is unsuitable for anyone or other unrooted android devices were unsuited for everyone. Obviously people who like simplicity and aren't tech-savvy might want to buy the iPhone (although given the latest incarnation of iOS that's debatable as well).

My point was that just because a smartphone has high satisfaction ratings and huge sales doesn't mean that it's good. It might be good for someone, but it doesn't mean it's good for YOU! NO ONE should buy a product such as a smartphone m. ely based on customer satisfaction and sales without being aware of all of its advantages and disadvantages vs the competition.

Now supposedly you realize that the iPhone doesn't quite match your desires and demands from a smartphone. What do you do about it? Well you can compromise and buy it, or buy a WP8 device, or even buy an Android phone and remain on stock firmware but if you are like me - you won't compromise. You will get a good Android phone, you will root it, you will install a custom ROM on it and you will tweak its guts until you get the exact setup that you want, to get the best experience for you, so you can get the best value for your hard-earned money.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 14:22

76. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO PS. you should try getting laid sometime, and stop spending so much time customizing your phone, and running geekbench. Dude you have issues man lol.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 23:49 9

15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I only count the Steve Jobs years. The last 2 iPhones were weak and predictable. Today the iPhone 5 is a midrange device in 2nd place.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 23:56 15

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3697; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


A midrange device with better benchmark scores than the likes of the S3? The iPhone is better optimized than any Android phone so it will feel much snappier than a monster phone will.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 00:13 3

20. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yet is still does nothing new. Oh I forgot, MMS made it a couple years ago right? Talk about innovation.

I love my iPad, but this thing gets boring as heck. So much so, I only use it to browse the web and watching Netflix.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 12:59

63. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Ah, so you use it for the things it was intended for? Shock horror!

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 14:31

78. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Well it would be nice to have some customization. The keyboard sucks no matter what fans say, so writing on it isn't that great. All the things I really wanted it for are best handled by my phone. There's your shocker, lol!

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 02:07 6

24. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Barely faster than the S3, creamed by the S4 (and HTC One, and Note 2, and Nexus 4, and Z-10...)

http://blogs.which.co.uk/technology/apple/samsung-galaxy-s4-iphone-5-uk-fastest-phone/

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 04:24 11

30. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1627; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Who actually is thumbing this guy up......

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 04:28 7

32. vandroid (Posts: 279; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


The better optimization is false the iPhone 5 is laggy and has frozen on me a lot

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 07:33 8

35. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


that is utter horse s@@t.

My wife's iphone 4 lags as hell.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:24 2

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Mxy let em hate, while you enjoy your device.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 09:21

50. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


na-na-na-na-naaaaaaa .......

•_•

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 10:12 1

52. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3697; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I agree. No one wants to talk about the S4 lagging.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 10:47

54. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope they don't lol, but it does. It's an electronic device like any other, and does falter.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 13:33

68. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


lag i dont get lag who ever said that is f.o.s

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:38 3

41. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


The S3??? The S4 and HTC One has made the iPhone 5 midrange. And actually I made a mistake; it's more like 4th place by today's standards.
Apple won't have an answer for these phones for another 3 months. And the 5s won't have enough to even surpass them. Apple is no longer a leader; their followers.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 12:44

60. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


K I'm sure apple thanx you for your input. Also you sound like the typical android follower with this kind of commenting. Think about it dude...

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 12:58 1

61. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Apple is good in laptops, desktops and tablets I'd add.. For phone I'd say.. It was a good device and a game changer.. Right now iOS, although being a beautiful OS, doubles as a fancy cage. Android may not be anything iOS is, but the freedom's worth it. The "options" that Apple implies confuses customers is what freedom is all about. Apart from that.. Happy birthday iPhone and Steve Jobs is certainly missed

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 13:31

67. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


keep telling yourself that

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 01:05 9

21. Trex95 (Posts: 553; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Midrange and it's faster than fastest Android phone Lol.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 02:04 4

23. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You don't keep up with the news, do you?

http://blogs.which.co.uk/technology/apple/samsung-galaxy-s4-iphone-5-uk-fastest-phone/

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 02:26 3

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It's only half as fast as the GS4 technically.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 12:28 1

59. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The iph5s will also be midrange

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:40 5

42. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


6 years of garbage

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:45 1

44. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


You forgot 2 years bof Patnet Trolling in that 6.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 02:22

26. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


everything now changes with new version of iPhone is 2x cpu and 2x gpu performance.
this is a compulsory comment that the one introducing the new iphone gives

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 05:56 2

34. amiaq (Posts: 480; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


My God! you haven't age a day!!! Literally, you're still in your infancy, skimpy in features. Where as others has GROWN UP!!

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 17:23

84. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


and 6 generations of SuiCiDe ....... lol

(actually, death is tragic even when preciPiTated by a semi-smartphone!)

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 22:32 5

2. jonartpop (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


Happy bday Apple iPhone. More innovation and less price pls :p

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 22:33 17

3. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Happy anniversary.

The original iPhone was definitely innovative.

Keyword "was" innovative.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 22:42 9

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3697; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iPhone is still innovative and will always be innovative.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 22:53 12

8. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


your just mad they removed the thumbs down...

I know it was your best friend, but like the iPhone, its time has passed.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 23:54 13

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3697; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I never cared about being thumbed down. I will continue to comment as I did before regardless whether the rating system is there or not.

iPhone time has not passed and it never will.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:26 3

40. darkkjedii (Posts: 11945; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's something I've always respected about you. You hold your ground, and speak your mind and in tech you usually right. +1 Mxy.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 13:35

69. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


i think it as

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 02:10 10

25. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Unfortunately, all the innovation in iOS7 is copied from others.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 05:53 4

33. plary122 (Posts: 33; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


stop saying that ios7 copy android ... they have nothing similar

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 10:59 2

55. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I didn't say it copied Android. But every new feature announced for iOS7 is copied from other smartphone OSes. Every single one.

And Android already had all of them except parallax, which is nothing more than a gimmick.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 11:45 2

57. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I didn't say it copied Android. But every new feature announced for iOS7 is copied from other smartphone OSes. Every single one.

And Android already had all of them except parallax, which is nothing more than a gimmick.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 02:28 3

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's debatable. Name one thing that was innovative about the iPhone 5 that other OS's didn't have.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:14 1

37. plary122 (Posts: 33; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


iCloud
optimized lag-free os
rich media content
easy to use
siri - yes, gog now is faster and cleaner but siri actually has more functionality and you can play with it

Here are some hardware innovations:
reversible connector
3 microphones
Sapphire Crystal
thin and light
the earpods :) (i love them)

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:44 3

43. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


cloud based has been around for a long time before apple decided they invited it

so was palm OS among others so what? The OS isnt as functional as android

so are blackberry windows and android (and windows and black berry plam and others before)

easy to use but less functionaliry then others

not very functional for most people and most people dont even use it anymore

3 microphones because it took 3 to hear anybody..

not worth it

so are tons of phones

never used an HTC or samsung phone back in the day they had some amazing ones and the HTC ones that come with beats are some of the best if not THE best you can get for free

6 years and nothing special

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 09:39 1

51. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


There are many cloud services that came before iCloud

Lag? Where? I don't see any on my phone.

Apple does have a very good media ecosystem, but I was asking for things about the iPhone 5 specifically.

Any phone is easy to use.

Siri is slower and less accurate at detecting your voice, and Google Now is smarter. It was introduced in the iPhone 4S, not the 5 like I was asking.

I'm sure there were reversible connectors before Lightning. Also, I wouldn't call it innovation because it made all accessories before the iPhone 5 obsolete and everyone had to buy new ones, it was more inconvenient.

The Lumia 920 had triple HDR microphones, nothing new.

Sapphire crystal? You mean the camera lens? All that did was make it thinner. It serves no purpose other than that. Nothing special.

There are other much more thin and light devices out there, and some people actually prefer their devices to have a bit of heft, it makes the phone feel substantial and well built.

Earpods are pretty terrible. Other much better head phones have designs similar to earpods, in which they directly produce sound into your ear.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 13:36

71. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


thieving is not innovative

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 00:04

19. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)


but it is too bad on At&t network

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 22:47 2

6. aayupanday (Posts: 518; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Yet it looks the same as it did 6 yrs ago...

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