Original iPhone Explained

Original iPhone
Source: apple.com – Original iPhone

The dawn of January 9, 2007, marked a monumental shift in the landscape of mobile technology as Apple unveiled the Original iPhone, also known as the “first-generation iPhone” or “iPhone 2G”. This groundbreaking device wasn’t just a phone; it was a convergence of innovation, seamlessly blending the functionalities of a mobile phone, an internet communications device, and an iPod into a single, elegant package.

At its core, the original iPhone redefined what it meant to communicate on the go. With its intuitive interface and touch controls, making calls became as simple as pointing at a name or number. The device synchronized contacts effortlessly from various platforms, ensuring users always had their updated contact list at their fingertips. Notably, the introduction of Visual Voicemail revolutionized how users interacted with voicemails, allowing them to prioritize and access messages with unprecedented ease, akin to managing emails.

Beyond communication, the iPhone 1st Gen transcended into the realm of entertainment. Serving as a widescreen iPod, users could navigate their music library with tactile precision, thanks to touch controls and Cover Flow technology. The device’s vibrant display provided an immersive experience for watching TV shows and movies, offering unparalleled portability without compromising on quality. With seamless integration with iTunes, users could access their entire media collection effortlessly, revolutionizing how we consume content on the go.

One of the most significant leaps the iPhone made was in internet communications. Featuring a rich HTML email client and Safari web browser, users could access their emails and surf the web with unparalleled ease. The device’s multi-touch display enabled intuitive navigation and zooming, providing a desktop-class browsing experience on a pocket-sized device. Moreover, the inclusion of Google Maps transformed the way users navigated the world, offering real-time directions and access to a wealth of location-based information.

Beneath its sleek exterior, the iPhone 2G boasted impressive hardware specifications that set a new standard for mobile devices. Equipped with a 412 MHz Samsung ARM 11 processor, multi-touch LCD display, and up to 16 GB of flash memory, the device delivered unparalleled performance and storage capabilities. Advanced sensors, including an accelerometer and ambient light sensor, enhanced the user experience, automatically adjusting display settings to suit the environment.

Despite its groundbreaking features, the first generation iPhone was eventually succeeded by newer iterations, paving the way for further innovation in the smartphone industry. However, its legacy remains indelible, serving as the cornerstone of Apple’s mobile ecosystem and setting a precedent for future advancements in technology. Even today, 17 years later as newer models emerge, the original iPhone continues to be revered as a pioneer that revolutionized mobile communication and entertainment.

iPhone 2G
Source: apple.com – iPhone 2G

In retrospect, the original iPhone stands as a testament to the transformative power of innovation. Its introduction heralded a new era in mobile technology, shaping the way we communicate, entertain ourselves, and navigate the digital world. As we commemorate its legacy, we acknowledge the profound impact it has had on society, inspiring generations of devices that continue to push the boundaries of possibility. The iPhone 1st Generation wasn’t just a phone; it was a catalyst for change that continues to resonate with us today.

iPhone and a Dock
Source: apple.com – iPhone and a Dock

Original iPhone Details

IntroducedJanuary 9, 2007 – (4 GB and 8 GB) – 17 years ago
ReleasedJune 29, 2007 (4 GB and 8 GB) – 16 years ago
February 5, 2008 (16 GB) – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedSeptember 5, 2007 (4 GB) – 16 years ago
June 9, 2008 (8 GB and 16 GB) – 15 years ago
Time on the Market346 days (11 months)
Model IdentifieriPhone1,1
Model NumberA1203
EMCUnknown
Generation1st
Order NumberMA501LL/A (4 GB)
MA712LL/A (8 GB)
MB384LL/A (16 GB)
Original Price$499
$599
ColorsBlack
Weight4.8 oz. – 136 Grams
Dimensions4.5” H x 2.4” W x 0.46″ D
11.43 cm H x 6.09 cm W x 1.16 cm D
SuccessoriPhone 3G

iPhone 1st Gen Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorSamsung ARM 1176JZ(F)-S
Processor Speed620 MHz (running at 412 MHz)
Architecture32-bit
Number of Cores1

Storage

Storage4 GB
8 GB
16 GB

Memory

Memory128 MB LPDDR

Graphics

Graphics CardPowerVR MBX Lite
Number of Cores1

Display

Display3.5″ widescreen LCD Display
Resolution320 x 480
Pixel Density163 ppi
InputMulti-Touch

Controls

ButtonsVolume + / –
Home
Sleep / Wake up
Silence

Sensors

SensorsProximity
Ambient light
Accelerometer

Connections

NetworksQuad-band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi802.11b/g
BluetoothBluetooth 2.0 + EDR
SIM slotmini-SIM
Ports1 – 30-pin dock connector
1 – 3.5-mm headphone jack
Camera2.0 Megapixels
LocationNone
Audio InMicrophone
Audio OutSpeaker

Media

Audio FormatsAAC
Protected AAC
MP3
MP3 VBR
Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3)
Apple Lossless
AIFF
WAV
Video FormatsH.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Software

Original OSiPhone OS 1.0 later known as iOS 1.0
Maximum OSiPhone OS 3.1.3 later known as iOS 3.1.3
iTunesiTunes 7.3 or later
System RequirementsMac OS X 10.4.10 or later
Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later

Power

Battery5.18 W Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Capacity1400 mAh
Battery LifeTalk Time: Up to 8 hours
Standby: Up to 250 hours
Internet Use: Up to 6 hours
Video playback: Up to 7 hours
Audio playback: Up to 24 hours
Power AdapterApple 5W or 12W USB Power Adapter

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