January 9, 2007, was the day the technology world was turned upside down. Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone to the public and the cell phone business was never the same afterwards. The original iPhone was released on June 29, 2007 to rave reviews and a huge amount of media attention. Apple was found April 1, 1976 and incorporated on January 3, 1977. Up until January 9, 2007, Apple was known as Apple Computer, Inc., for thirty years. The announcement of the iPhone prompted this change and told the world that Apple was now into more than the Mac computers that carried the company from it’s humble beginnings. The iPhone forever revolutionized the way people and the cell phone companies use, design, and think about their cell phones. The iPhone is way more than a cell phone, it has a camera, an iPod, mobile email client, Safari web browser, and more applications (apps) than you could ever download and actually use in your lifetime.
Apple released the iPhone 3G July 11, 2008, with the choice of 8GB or 16GB capacity. The 16GB iPhone 3G was available in black or white. Apple decided to stop sending software updates to the iPhone 3G. The version of iOS was 4.2.1, that was released November 22, 2010. This essentially made the iPhone 3G obsolete which I’m sure has helped push users to purchase either an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. On June 19, 2009, much to the surprise of a lot of iPhone 3G owners, Apple cranked out yet another release that was billed as the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS was initially available in 16 GB or 32 GB capacity and 8 GB iPhone 3GS came along a little while later.
The iPhone 4 was announced on June 7, 2010, and released on June 24, 2010. The iPhone 4 was a complete re-design of the iPhone 3GS and included the nifty capability of Apple’s FaceTime that was ported over from MacBook. The iPhone 4’s launch stumbled when antenna gate started. Early adopters of the iPhone 4 reported signal strength would drop off when they touched the lower left edge of the iPhone 4. Apple simply issued a statement telling users to “avoid gripping (the phone) in the lower left corner.” After public outcry Apple decided to issue the iPhone 4 plastic bumper that fit around the edge of the iPhone 4 to help with the antenna issue. Speculation of the newest incarnation of the iPhone so far billed the iPhone 5, has reached a fever pitch. Apple plans to make the official announcement for the new iPhone tomorrow at its Cupertino, California headquarters. Many wonder if the newest iPhone will actually be the iPhone 5 or simply the iPhone 4 re-branded with subtle upgrades as the iPhone 4GS. I guess only time will tell what the actual release will be so we’ll all just have to wait and see. Regardless of which version is released it seems that early adopters are already lining up to get their hands on the newest iPhone. Mashable.com just reported the iPhone 5 Expected to “Shatter” Sales Records.