The evolution of Apple’s iPhone over the years

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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The late Steve Jobs merrily holding up the iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Did you hear that the newest iPhone 5s comes with a fingerprint scanner? Man, iPhones sure have come a long way since the first one was released about 6 years ago, and the long journey of technological advancements has been an incredible one.

Before the first iPhone hit the market in June of  2007, designs were already being whipped up all the way back in 2004. The late Steve Jobs – Apple, Inc. co-founder and CEO – wanted to build a device similar to a computer, but with a touchscreen and no need for a mouse or physical keyboard. He shared his idea with exactly 100 employees for a secret initiative called “Project Purple,” working hard to bring his dream to life. When the employees built a prototype of the designs, Jobs realized the technology would be great for a phone, so he figured why not make the device exactly that? This gadget would later become the iPhone we all know and love today.

After 30 months of hard work, Jobs was ready to show the world what his company was working on. During the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 9, 2007, he said he’d ”been looking forward to this for two and a half years,” and that Apple was “going to reinvent the phone.” At this point in time, the company already gave the public a taste of its creative juices with the iPod, which had an unheard of memory capacity and crystal-clear display. People went crazy for the mp3 player, so imagine the hype that erupted after Jobs announced the new iPhone was a combination of a touchscreen iPod, a cell phone, and the “best mobile internet device ever.”

Apple released the first iPhone on June 29, 2007, six long months after the conference. It had a hefty price tag of $499 for 4GB of memory and $599 for 8GB, yet they sold like hot cakes! Just to give you an idea of how “hot” Apple’s little gizmo was, it took around 2 years to sell 1 million iPods, but only 74 days to sell 1 million iPhones. Yeah, I know, that’s insane! Every year since then, Apple has improved its phone to be faster, lighter, and smarter, and the company does not disappoint. This year’s iPhone 5s and 5c are definitely no exception.

The iPhone 5c comes in bright candy colors like green, pink, and blue. It also has an improved camera with brighter flash and slow-motion video recording. Sweet deal, right? However, the real show-stealer is the iPhone 5s. It has the same features as the 5c, but comes with its own special high-tech elements. For example, the 5s is colored in fancy white, silver, or gold. Besides the casings, it also has an advanced fingerprint scanner built right into the home button for added security. There have been a few privacy concerns about this feature, but that certainly didn’t seem to stop anyone from buying the shiny new versions of the iPhone 5 when they were released on September 20, 2013. In fact, Apple can’t make them faster than people are buying them!

You might think the world would be bored of the iPhone by now, but loyal Apple customers just can’t seem to get enough. There’s a reason every major release has huge lines snaking around the corner, with really hardcore fans waiting for days in front of the store!

Featured image courtesy of Apple. Video courtesy of Stanford University on YouTube. Image of Steve Jobs courtesy of Matthew Yohe on Wikimedia.