Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 - 16:34
The iPhone 8 is not set to be unveiled until September, but leaks are already making their way onto the internet about the device that will mark the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iconic smartphone.
Rumours of a larger 5.8in display and a ‘Function’ area, possibly a TouchBar similar to the Macbook Pro, hint that Apple are going all out to bring an innovative new handset for 2017.
Here we look back over the last ten years and see how the ground breaking series of smart phones have evolved.
Back in 2007 the late Steve Jobs described the handset as a three in one device, music player, mobile phone and internet browser. What it turned out to be was a revolutionary device that changed the world and set us on a path to information on the go.
We don’t know why, but Apple skipped the number two and jumped straight to 3 (and then added a G), but their next offering also introduced the world to the App Store. A year later the iPhone 3Gs came out and raised the bar further. The ‘S’ stood for speed and the software within really pushed the series on with specs like voice control and a 3-megapixel camera with higher resolution and video ability.
This little gem, or the iPhone 4s which introduced Siri, may be sitting in a cupboard at home as a back-up or waiting to finally be sold or recycled, as it proved to be one of the most popular phones of all time. It would also be the last in the series for Steve Jobs, who sadly passed away the day after its release.
In 2012 Apple came back with a slightly lighter and leaner aluminium-based body and the lightning charger replacing the 30pin cable on previous models. The iPhone 5 didn’t have to long as it was discontinued after 12 months giving it the shortest lifespan of any iPhone. The following year the 5s and 5c were released. The 5c showcased a new style with a hard-coated polycarbonate shell instead of the aluminium of the original iPhone 5 and came in a range of bright colours.
Two years after the 5 Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with a new curved design. The handsets were thinner than ever and the larger plus versions had issues with bending under pressure. A 6s and 6s Plus range came out a year later with a strengthened chassis and 3D touch.
Apple has never been afraid of change and last year’s release of the 7 and 7 Plus caused a lot of commotion with the introduction of wireless headphones. Despite some software upgrades the phone was largely similar to the previous 6 models and it’s hoped there will be more innovation when the 7s and 7s Plus are released with the iPhone 8.
Here’s hoping this will be a game changer!