To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of the first iPhone, we brought out our venerable iPhone 2G 2007. Good news, it still works, let’s take advantage to compare it to an iPhone 7 Plus story to measure the evolutions in 10 years.
In our cupboards there are sometimes treasures. Or rather, old things that materialize the evolutions of different categories of product, including the smartphone. Between a PDA Phone, an SPV or Bi-bop we come out of our physical archives another iconic machine our original iPhone purchased in the US in 2007, priced (already) indecent.
The time to search and retrieve a cable with a 30-pin plug, unusual from the iPhone 5, and here is our venerable iPhone powered, it still works. The first grip is a source of nostalgia, its compactness, its 3.5 inch screen with a mediocre definition (320 x 480 pixels), its physical home button, and this gesture, the “slide to unlock” Last year with iOS 10, this machine is endearing.
What has not changed
Attached and obsolete? Not necessarily because if our iPhone V1 is no longer eligible for iOS updates since 2009 and iPhone OS 3.0, it still works slowly but still.
An audio adapter, as in 2017
Apple’s perennial machine also reminds us of its hazardous choices, such as the standard 3.5mm jack, which did not accept wired headphones other than Apple’s. An adapter was needed to use third-party earphones.
In 2017, it has not really changed, it still needs an adapter to connect a wired headset on an iPhone 7. A Jack to Lighting adapter is necessary this time since the jack has disappeared.
A drawer for the SIM and the “iTrombone”
If in 10 years the SIM card is switched to nano format, the location, the drawer to access it is always present. Just like the small tool, the “iTrombone” to clear this drawer, is always present in the box. However, it has seen its design significantly evolve in 10 years.
Stickers and an Apple
Other traditions, the Apple stickers, always present in the box, but which may be displayed less ostensibly than 10 years ago. Another element that has little evolved, the materials used, with an aluminum shell matte scratched from the same apple to the mirror effect.
What has changed iPhone 2G to iPhone 7 Plus
From the telephone to content consumption
The dimensions have however well evolved, illustrating the evolution of uses on smartphone. From a 3.5-inch terminal to phone, listen to music and go punctually on the internet, the iPhone has become a consumer content medium to display on a large 5.5-inch screen. The phablettes have become the norm in the meantime.
30 pin vs Lightning
To charge the iPhone of 2007, it needed a cable with a plug dock 30 branches initiated in 2003 with the iPod V3. Abandoned in 2012 with the iPhone 5, it is now the Lightning that carries the charge, sync and audio on our iPhone 7 Plus.
No iCloud in 2007, it was necessary to go through iTunes and physically connect its iPhone with this 30-pin plug. No Touch ID fingerprint sensor with haptic feedback no longer on our vintage iPhone, but a simple physical key that “clicks” for real and a “drag to unlock”.
Where are the apps?
No download kiosk when the iPhone 2G was released in 2007, we had to go through alternative kiosks such as Cydia (which always works by the way). It will be necessary to wait for iPhone OS 2 in 2008 to discover the official kiosk App Store.
From the 2G, no GPS, even less Siri
In 2007, 3G was supported by some smartphones, such as the Nokia N95 for example. In 2007, the iPhone is satisfied with the 2G, Edge slow to 384 Kb / s theoretical to display a web page. In 2017, the iPhone 7 is more up-to-date network side and can aggregate three blocks of frequencies to offer 4G at 450 Mb / s theoretical.
In 2017, we can ask Siri if we should take his umbrella. In 2007, the Weather app was launched. No GPS either on the iPhone Edge, for navigation via Google Maps it was necessary to rely on GSM triangulation.
An antique camera phone
If Apple relies on the photo to value its iPhone, it is probably the part that took the biggest blow of old, also illustrating the race pixels, optimization of lenses or software on the smartphone for 10 years . An evolution of the photo on mobile that has precipitated the extinction of compact cameras “basic”.
With its 2 megapixels on the back, our first iPhone of the name restores images of poor quality. Ugly photos and no video either, it will have to wait for the iPhone 3GS in 2009 to be able to capture bad videos with the iPhone.
In 2017, the iPhone 7 Plus is one of the best photophone on the market and with its dual sensor it produces an attractive bokeh effect.
4 or 8 GB to store everything
In 2007, the iPhone offered 4 or 8 GB of storage to host its contents, photo and music essentially. No iCloud at the time, even less audio streaming service. However, we found a native YouTube app as a consolation. In 2017, the more fortunate can count on 256 GB of memory on their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and support iCloud up to 2 TB.