The 10th Anniversary of the iPhone

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The 10th anniversary of the first iPhone’s unveiling was this Monday and Apple decided to celebrate with an iPhone tribute page.

On January 9th 2007 at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco, Steve Jobs took to the stage and introduced the world to the very first iPhone.  

Many experts believed that the device would fail, with the likes of Steve Ballmer Microsoft’s Chief Executive (from 2000 to 2014) saying “There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share”.

The iPhone has gone onto control 11.5% of the mobile market share compared to Windows 0.4%.

As per usual, Apple didn’t offer any hints to the future iPhone devices within the tribute page but everyone expects big things from the next generation iPhone with Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing saying “I believe we are just getting started” when referring to the iPhone.

It has been anticipated for quite a while that Apple will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone by unveiling the best iPhone yet this September…

So what can we expect to see from the next generation iPhone?

  • It may be called the iPhone 8 – instead of following tradition and releasing an S series iPhone, reports have suggested that Apple are going to skip the iPhone 7S and release the iPhone 8.
  • A brand new design – the iPhone 7 design was practically the same as the iPhone 6 which disappointed a lot of fans. iPhone sales also saw their first dip since the iPhone was released, so it is very likely that the iPhone will have an exterior redesign.
  • Edge to edge screen – one of the most popular rumours for the next generation iPhone is that the screen will run from edge to edge and top to bottom, covering the entire face of the screen. This means Apple could be planning to remove the home button.
  • Stainless steel casing – rumour has it; Apple will be moving away from the aluminium body and replacing it with stainless steel.
  • Flexible OLED display – it looks like Apple has already signed a deal with Samsung to produce OLED displays for their devices. OLED displays eliminates the need for the backlighting, meaning Apple could reduce the thickness and weight of their iPhones.
  • Wireless charging – rumours suggest that Apple is working on wireless charging and it could introduced as early as 2017.

Of course, Apple hasn’t commented on any of these rumours, but Apple CEO Tim Cook did release a short statement promising "the best is yet to come.”

Luke Stanley