Our look at some of the best iPhone features of the past decade

It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone and it’s hard to imagine back in January 2007 the impact that it would end up having on modern society.

A decade later, Apple have firmly solidified their position as the biggest company in the world and with every product release they have millions of people around the globe eagerly awaiting what new ground breaking piece of technology they’ve cooked up in Jon Ive’s secretive design lab.

There are hundreds of people who in the past ten years have made a career from the near daily rumours that swirl around the internet. Rumours, leaks and any little titbit on what the next iPhone will look like are currently at an all time high. 

People are desperate to know where Apple is going with their newest phone. Will it finally have wireless charging? Will the latest model have an edge to edge screen?  In general, will they once again push forward the boundaries of the mobile phone industry like they have before?

Ahead of the new and improved iPhone release, we thought it would be nice to take a look back at some of the iPhone features that Apple released in the past decade that we never knew we needed, but now couldn’t imagine living without.

The Best Phone Camera Ever

The iPhone 7 Plus is the best iPhone Apple has ever made and it comes equipped with a phenomenal dual-lens camera that lets you snap with not one but two 12 mega pixel cameras at the same time. This allows for a much better optical zoom and also features a ground breaking mode that blurs the background of your photos and put the main focus on the foreground.

The iPhone 7 Plus can also shoot video in 4K and it can also deliver much higher frame rates on lower resolutions. The slo-mo option on the 7 Plus camera is also a joy to use and can let you effortlessly capture footage that looks almost professional.

It’s a tremendous piece of kit and really gets you thinking about how Apple are going to top this with their next iPhone model. You know that they will but it’s still intriguing to wonder how they will actually do it.

The Original Pocket Assistant

Home assistants are all the rage at the moment, Amazon has Alexa, Google have their Google Home Assistant and Apple is getting in on the act with their Home Pod but before all of these came the original and what some people still regard as one of the best iPhone features ever; Siri.

Siri's original release on the iPhone 4S in 2011 received mixed reviews. It was given praise for its voice recognition and refined knowledge of its user’s information but it was criticized for requiring stiff user commands and its lack of flexibility. In 2016 and 2017, a number of media reports have indicated that Siri is lacking in innovation, particularly against new competing voice assistants from other technology companies.

It’s going to be interesting to see what Apple does with Siri on their newest iPhone, will they completely rebrand Siri? Will they roll over to the new iPhone the programme they have locked and loaded on their Home Pod? As with most new features for the upcoming iPhone, only time will tell.

Screen Size

Apple resisted the temptation to follow the industry trend for much bigger smart phone screens, but it finally bowed to the pressure with the iPhone 6 and particularly the iPhone 6 Plus. Its display of 5.5 inches from corner to corner made it the biggest iPhone ever and it crept very close to iPad mini territory.

Outside of all the groundbreaking technologies the iPhone have delivered the handsets themselves have certainly come a long way since 2007.

The last iPhone that truly wowed people on its debut was the iPhone 5. It showed Apple at the top of its smart phone game with its gorgeously designed screen, the way it thinned down the sharp iPhone 4 build to a stunning degree all whilst extending the display to proper widescreen dimensions with its four inch screen size.

Rumours for the upcoming iPhone are that we will be getting the largest screen that Apple have ever delivered, this along with two models in similar size and spec to the current 7 and 7 Plus models.

Force Touch Bringing Images To Life

3D Touch is one of Apple’s most recent inventions and one that is still pretty underutilised. Fresh out the gate with the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus it was without doubt the most exciting new feature.

It’s the same pressure-sensitive screen technology that appears in their Apple Watch but it really comes to life on the iPhone with its embedment into your photos. Anytime you see the small set of circles on your photo you can hard-press on the image to animate it and bring it to life. 

It’s a terrific addition alongside one of the markets greatest cameras and really brings your photographs to life. With the use of 3D touch you’re instantly transported back to where you were when taking your photos.

The same technique also applies to dynamic wallpapers that come custom with the latest batch of iPhone’s. If you give them a firm press you can see them do their thing.

These are just some of the great features that Apple has bestowed upon us in the last decade and be sure to keep an eye out for our next look at some more of Apple’s iPhone features ahead of the ten year anniversary of the iPhone.


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