Today, the 9th of January 2017, marks 10 years since Apple introduced the first iPhone ever — though the actual device was put up for sale on the 29th of June 2007. In a press release commemorating this momentous occasion, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the “best is yet to come”.
There aren’t many technological revolutions quite like Apple‘s original iPhone. It was so radical and revolutionary that it ushered on an entire generation of new devices that we now probably couldn’t live without.
That was almost a decade ago and Apple’s idea of the iPhone has changed over 10 different iterations. So, with the launch of the brand new iPhone 7, we thought we’d take a quick look back at one of the most storied smartphones in the world.
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Steve Jobs has been busy bitching about Android lately and he certainly has a good reason to brag. The official figures for iPhone have been revealed with a massive 14.1 million units sold by Q4. This is huge jump of 91% over the same period last year. Last quarter they managed to sell 8.4 million units.
In total we’re looking at a massive 73.5 million iPhones sold since the original iPhone was launched. Impressive accomplishment indeed.
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Anyone who’s using the iPhone 3G and updated its OS to any variant of the iOS 4 are probably regretting the move. There’s no denying that iOS 4 have made the iPhone 3G unbearably sluggish. With promises of bug fixes and improvements in response and speed for iPhone 3G users, is the new iOS 4.1 worth the download?
While we wait for iOS 4.1 to be available for download, the good people at AnandTech ran some tests comparing the iOS 4.1 with it’s predecessor the iOS 4.0.1 and the iOS 3.1.3.
So what did the test reveal? You can read about the full test here. But the gist of it is that, although the iOS 4.1 does offer up improvements in terms of speed and response over the 4.0.1, it appears that the new generation of iOS is beyond the limits of the aging iPhone 3G with it’s 412Mhz processor and 128MB RAM.
“The bottom line is that if you have an iPhone 3G, iOS 4.1 will make you hate how slow your phone is a little less. Apple deserves credit for keeping a device just over 2 years old fully updated and supported. On the other hand, it’s obvious that Apple could have saved some face had it optimized the initial iOS 4.0 ARMv6 kernel for the iPhone 3G a little more than it initially bothered to.”
Conclusion, if you’re planning to keep your iPhone 3G for a couple more years, you might want to consider downgrading to a 3.1.3 if you can.
After the introduction of iOS 4, iPhone 3G users complained about slow performance after upgrading. Steve Jobs had purportedly responded by saying a fix was underway to solve these sluggish issues with the next iOS update.
During the big event few days back, Steve Jobs announced that the new iOS 4.1 update carries a lot of bug fixes for the iPhone 3G which we hope addresses the issue.
So has the iOS 4.1 fixed the slow issue? Gizmodo puts that to the test. Overall, it is faster than the previous iOS 4.0 especially when it comes to Maps.
Head after the jump for the video comparison.
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If you’re using the iPhone 3G and have the iOS4 running on it right now, odds are you must be cursing the day you made the upgrade from Apple OS 3.
It’s no secret that iPhone 3Gs running iOS4 suffer from laggy performance and slow everything, not to mention suffering from poor battery life. Well it seems that your slow iPhone 3G days are numbered. Apparently Apple and Steve Jobs have received enough complaints from disgruntled iPhone 3G iOS4 users that they are now working on a fix.
The email below was sent to the man himself by an iPhone 3G owner that has had enough:
I’ve waited patiently through 4.0.1 and 4.0.2, looking for a fix that will make my phone work again. I’ve read the forums that advise me to jailbreak my phone or use some other method so I can downgrade back to a version of iPhone 3, however I’m not prepared to use a method that is not supported by Apple.
The email produced a trademark Jobs reply:
Software update coming soon.
Sent from my iPhone
Well, that settles it then, there will be an update to fix the problems plagueing iPhone 3G users running iOS4, but there’s no set date, so it could be next month or it could be next year. At least, iPhone 3G user are ensured that there will be a fix. Here’s hoping the wait won’t be too long.
Yesterday, Apple released iOS 4.0.2 which thwarts any chances of jailbreaking via Safari. Just a day after the new update, Redsn0w has already jailbroken it! Before you get excited, this jailbreak is only for the iPhone 3G. That’s right, 3G version only so 3GS and iPhone 4 users will not be able to jailbreak yet.
This redsn0w’s jailbreak is a bit more complicated as it requires you to download some utilities and firmwares to be flashed onto your device. Head to redmond pie on instructions to download.
Apple has released a total of 4 iPhones so far, the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the latest iPhone 4. Performance is obviously improved with claims of “fastest iPhone yet” each time a new iPhone is announced.
So how much faster can it get? To make it easier, there’s a video demonstrating all 4 iPhones running apps such as Plants vs Zombie, Google Earth, Seadragon and Safari. As seen on the screenshot above, the latest iPhone 4 boasts up to 3X faster loading time on apps such as Plants and Zombie.
Head after the jump to watch the full video.
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According to a tip off, sales of the iPhone 3G has been frozen by AT&T signaling the end of the model. At the same time, the price of the iPhone 3GS has been reduced by Walmart with the 16GB version going for only $97.
All these changes are pointing that the iPhone HD/4G launch is near, making the iPhone 3GS the lowest entry level model in the market. Maxis did the same thing last year when iPhone 3GS was launched.
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DiGi has officially announced that they will be offering the iPhone 3G S by middle of this year. This announcement is certainly great news especially when Maxis, the first to offer the iPhone in Malaysia is plague by network data congestion and long waiting list for the device.
With this DiGi has ended Maxis monopoly of the iPhone game in Malaysia for about a year since its launch of iPhone 3G in March 2009. Now we just have to see how DiGi packages and price the iPhone 3G S to offer some real competitive advantage.
In another note, we also hope that DiGi have studied the impact of the iPhone on Maxis in terms of device stock availability and network capacity. To date, DiGi has been getting rave reviews on their Turbo3G network but is it ready to withstand the massive data consumption of iPhone users?
If you’re a DiGi customer or a potential customer who are looking to switch to a telco with iPhone 3G alternative, do drop your email to register your interest.
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