The Verge: “As The iPhone turns 15, a visual history of every model to date”
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Umar Shakir and James Vincent writing for The Verge:
Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone. He described it as three devices in one: a “widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device.”
But since its first unveiling, the iPhone has become much more than that. It’s a symbol of the tech industry, of the modern era as a whole, and has made Apple the largest company in the world in terms of market capitalization. In 2015, it was speculated to be the most profitable product ever and helped grow Apple’s market cap to not just $1 trillion or $2 trillion — but as high as $3 trillion.
One reason for that is the steady pace of progress Apple has made to keep the iPhone at the top of the fray. It started with a compact device that focused on user interface and software, then upgraded network speeds and processor specs. Later, it added incrementally better cameras, followed the market to add bigger screens, and kept introducing new software and security features.
Apple announced its “Far out” event for September 7th, where it’s expected to reveal the new iPhone 14 lineup. Rumors suggest the company will introduce a Max-sized iPhone 14, making the new projected lineup: iPhone 14, 14 Max, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max.
This time around, the non-pro models might retain last year’s A15 Bionic chipset, with the Pro differentiator being a new A16 chipset. We may even see the notch get nicked in favor of smaller camera and Face ID cutouts. And unfortunately for some, the iPhone mini may not make a return.