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iPhone – 10 Years Later

iPhone – 10 Years Later


– Hey guys, this is Austin. The original iPhone is
ten years old today, but how have things changed
over the last decade? Taking a look at the
original iPhone today, what jumps out to me is that
it actually doesn’t seem to have changed that much over the years. So it’s still made out of aluminum, it still has the same
sort of general shape of the current iPhone. Yeah, it’s a lot smaller, but they actually did
get a lot of stuff right the first time. Side by side with the iPhone 7, there is a very clear evolution here. The design and build quality
really do hold up today, and that is not something
you can say about other smartphones from the time. There are definitely some issues with the original iPhone though. One of the big ones was that
it only supported 2G network, which was weird in a time that 3G was becoming a lot more popular. Because of that, when AT&T shut off their 2G network earlier this year, it meant that the original iPhone, short of trying to unlock it, is no longer usable as a phone. There are also some weird quirks like the recessed headphone jack. So because of how the phone
was designed with this taper, a normal pair of headphones
actually will not fit in. You’re going to need
some kind of extender. The biggest issue with the
orignial iPhone though was price. When this came out back
in 2007, it cost $600. And that was on contract! That’s pretty much unheard of today. Now to be fair, a couple months later, Apple did drop the price to $400, as well as discontinuing the
skimpy little 4 gigabyte model, but still, this was an
incredibly expensive phone back in the day. All this makes a lot more sense, though, when you look at it compared to other smartphones of the time. So the iPhone looks pretty
clean, and to be honest, not that different from phones today. It’s very sleek, it’s very minimal. Whereas something like the Sidekick, which is a popular smartphone of the day, looks a lot more busy. It’s easy to forget just how big of deal phones like the Sidekick
were back in the day. Oh yeah, it actually did have the super cool sliding mechanism, almost like a modern-day fidget spinner. Nicely timed Ken. But, when you look at it, it’s such a different design, it really does feel a lot
older than the iPhone. Another major competitor
was the Nokia N95. Now while this does definitely look like it’s straight out of 2007, there are actually a
lot of cool things that this could do the iPhone couldn’t. One of the main ones
was actually the camera. Now the iPhone did have a camera, but this actually has a pretty solid 5 megapixel auto-focus camera. It also has a little shutter
thing, which is kinda cool. It also had a front-facing camera, which the iPhone didn’t
get until the iPhone 4, it supported 3G, and to top it all off, it had not only T9 when you slide it up, when you slide it down, you
actually had media controls. Selfie time! (shutter click) Alright, that’s a little crunchy,
but gotta focus here, and (shutter click) That actually doesn’t look bad. Honestly, this is probably
a little bit better than some budget smartphones
I’ve tried recently. Move over to the iPhone and
not only do we get the awesome, old-school slide to unlock, but there is a slightly less impressive 2 megapixel camera here. Wow, it’s not that bad, but iPhones have
definitely come a long way as far as cameras go. What really set the iPhone
apart though, was its software. The hardware itself was
fairly underpowered, but what they were able to
really nail was iPhone OS. There was a lot missing when
this first launched though. Not only was there no multitasking, but it didn’t even have an App
Store until the second year. But, what really saved
it were the fundamentals were absolutely there. Stuff like scrolling felt way more natural than pretty much any
other phone on the market, and its definitely
multi-touch was really cool. Keep in mind, back in the day, most phones didn’t even have touchscreens, and the ones that did
typically used a stylus. The iPhone and iPhone OS was a huge leap. (box lands) But, that’s not all. Inside this slightly
suspicious-looking black box is a prototype for the original iPhone. Now the hardware itself
is basically unchanged compared to current iPhones
that actually ended up shipping, but what is different about this is the actual software experience. There was a ton of secrecy
around the original iPhone, so much so that they created
a super basic UI so that if something did leak, no one would really know
what they were up to. It was also helpful for testing, as you can see, we have all
kinds of different options. But what’s cool is that it has the little SkankPhone Easter egg on the bottom. All the basic functions
of the phone are here. So not only could you
get and receive SMSes, but there’s also a bunch of
pre-programmed test messages, which sadly don’t work since
this isn’t on a network. There’s also the phone dialer, you can get to the camera,
which in theory will work, although it might not the
prettiest thing in the world. But this really was meant for testing. There’s also a full diagnostic menu, which can show everything from the WiFi, the Bluetooth, the accelerometer. See if the touch screen is working. You can see the camera, buttons. There’s a lot of very
interesting stuff with this. Yes, it’s a prototype and it was really meant more
for avoiding leaks than anything else, but it’s a
cool piece of Apple history. After ten years, it’s hard to argue with how
important this iPhone was. Pretty much any modern smartphone today owes at least something to the OG. So, what do you guys think
about the original iPhone? Let me know in the comments below and I will catch you on the next one.

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