iPhones Throughout the Years

14. Rokr E1
At the risk of spoiling this list up top, there’s no such thing as a crappy iPhone. But what fun is a roundup like this without at least one truly terrible entry? The Rokr E1 isn’t a true iPhone, but it is the first iTunes phone — and Apple’s first attempt at entering the phone market. And, man, was it terrible!
Created in collaboration with Motorola, this 2005 disaster was an attempt to cross a cellphone with an iPod. Unfortunately, it was fiddly to use, locked to Cingular Wireless, uninspired in appearance, and generally garbage. Apple discontinued support just a year after introducing it.

13. iPhone 7
Like the iPhone 5s or iPhone 3GS, by the time the iPhone 7 came out, its design was starting to feel slightly tired. But the iPhone 7 did make a few noticeable improvements. For one thing, the antenna bands were redesigned to be less noticeable than on previous models. This was especially true on the stunning jet black color option.
Apple also took the first step toward eliminating the Home button by replacing the physical button with a haptic one. The new Home button simulated clicks using the so-called Taptic Engine. I prefer a mechanical Home button like on previous models.
With the introduction of a (Product)Red color option, I didn’t like the white face.

People were sure upset about the lack of a headphone jack, too!

12. iPhone 5c
The iPhone 5c ranks lower because in my opinion, this is the most cheaply designed iPhone Apple’s ever made. This was the first time Apple split the iPhone into two versions, with the lower-spec iPhone 5c pitched as a budget option. Unlike the iPhone 5s, the 5c didn’t get the Touch ID sensor everyone was talking about in late 2013.
But the colorful design was a fun nod to the more cheerful, less austere products in Apple’s history, like the iBook and iMac G3.

11. iPhone X
The iPhone X is Apple’s biggest reimagining of its smartphone in years. Visually stunning, it finally brought the edge-to-edge display fans had been hankering after. We lost Touch ID, but Face ID turned out to be even better. With the “notch”, this is a handsome iPhone. Heck, rivals even copied the controversial “notch” as quickly as they could
My complaints are its User Interface, such as having to swipe down from the top right of the screen to access the Control Center whereas on pre-iPhone X's, you would swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Another is putting too many functions into the Power button, like activating Apple Pay and powering off the iPhone with a combination of two buttons. Overall, it has a compromised User Interface. I think Apple took a step backwards with the iPhone X's User Interface. My other complaint is the price. I have to draw the line at this point. Paying a thousand dollars or more is not realistic, regardless of what it can do or its design because the bottomline is that it is a phone, first and foremost. A mobile device that gets dropped and sat on. If you break the screen on an iPhone X, the repair costs $400 - $500. It’s ridiculous!

10. iPhone XS
Trying to place the new iPhone XS on this list is difficult. After all, every other handset on this list has had at least a year of regular use to ascertain its respective strengths and weaknesses. You can check out Cult of Mac‘s iPhone XS review here.
Features that stand out are: the ability to manually adjust the aperture of a photo, and thus the depth of field, after it’s already been captured. It’s usually achieved through the use of light-field photography. One feature that separates the XS from last year’s X and from the new XR is the IP68 rated water, splash, and dust resistance. It’s one step up from the IP67 rating of the original iPhone X, and it means that you can accidentally submerge your XS or XS Max in up to seven feet of water for as long as 30 minutes. That’s twice the depth that the IP67 rating allows. So if you’re prone to dropping your iPhone into, say, a swimming pool or lake instead of just a toilet or bathtub, the XS is a big improvement in the not-needing-a-replacement-device department. Other improvements include: dual SIM support, stereo sound, stereo recording and a 512GB storage option, to name the most prominent. It’s a beautiful handset, but probably not a big enough leap forward from the iPhone X to rank higher on this list.
The iPhone XS and XS Max push Apple even further into the luxury, exorbitant consumer electronics territory. Although the base model iPhone XS remains at $999 before tax, a storage upgrade from 64GB to 256GB — because there is no 128GB model — puts you at $1,150 before tax. The 512GB model is a staggering $1,350.

The XS Max’s price is a bit more understandable, considering its larger display. It starts at $1,099 and goes all the way up to $1,449 for a 512GB model. That’s the priciest iPhone that Apple has ever made. And the fact that it costs more than a base-model MacBook Pro is bound to push the XS Max far beyond the realm of possibility for your average smartphone buyer.

9. iPhone 5s
The iPhone 5s introduced us to Touch ID.
Photo: Apple

The iPhone 5s falls into the same category as a lot of the other “S” model iPhones. It builds on a very solid foundation, but doesn’t leap out as a memorable iPhone. The introduction of Touch ID was very nice, but it’s easy to forget how slow and unreliable the first-gen sensor was.
This was also right around the time that Android makers started to embrace larger “phablet” devices. The iPhone 5s may have been perfectly formed, but its 4-inch display felt small next to other handsets on the market.

8. iPhone 3G
The iPhone 3G was a big step forward.
Photo: Apple
The iPhone 3G doesn’t have the “oh my god, everything’s changed” impact of the first model. But it took what worked about the first iPhone and improved it. It added GPS, tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, and a brand new plastic polycarbonate housing.
The most crucial change, however, was the introduction of 3G. This transformed the experience of using the internet on a phone whose big selling point was the ability to use the proper (not mobile) internet.
Plus, the iPhone 3G introduced the App Store — with a whopping 500 apps to choose from on Day One. This model also gets bonus points for being the first iPhone to come in multiple colors, or at least your choice of black or white.

7. iPhone 6
The iPhone 6 brought the biggest design change in an iPhone since 2010’s iPhone 4. It and its larger sibling, the 6 Plus, instantly became insanely popular. Plus, at that point, even the smaller iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch screen felt luxurious.
I’m not a giant fan of this design. Its surfboard design is more ungainly than some of its predecessors, and it felt slippery in your hands. The visible antenna bands and protruding camera lens may have been necessary from a technical perspective, but they also looked ugly and compromised. There’s no getting around the fact that it changed the game for Apple, though. This iPhone was just crazy popular!

6. iPhone SE
“Underrated” is my word for the iPhone SE. Admittedly that shouldn’t make sense, since this is my own personal rating for every iPhone. But it feels like an iPhone that we’re really going to miss now that it’s gone.
While it lacked features such as 3D Touch, the 4-inch iPhone SE did a great job of combining a favorite iPhone design of the past with up-to-date internals. In some ways, I think the iPhone SE should rank even higher. But since it was more about dusting off an old design and giving it a tweak, this feels like the right place for it.

5. iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 is a very solid phone. It marked the fourth year in a row that Apple went with the tried-and-true iPhone 6 design. I like the Product Red color with the Black Face.
Wireless charging is nice, the camera is great, and True Tone technology is nifty.

4. iPhone 3GS
2009’s iPhone 3GS boasted better performance (the “S” stood for “speed”) and an improved, 3-megapixel camera that let users shoot video. The best feature for me, was being able to ask it to call a contact using a Bluetooth earpiece while driving. This was before Siri was introduced in the iPhone 4s.

3. iPhone 6s
The iPhone 6s is built on the groundwork laid by the iPhone 6, and added features like a stronger body than the iPhone 6 (Bendgate) 3D Touch and a 12 Megapixel camera with the Live Photos feature.
What’s impressive to me is how snappy the User Interface is, including the second generation of Touch I.D., thanks to the A9 processor which makes a huge leap in performance over the iPhone 6. New features like 3D Touch are good, although it perhaps hasn’t lived up to its early promise.

2. iPhone 4s
The greatest thing about the iPhone 4s was the introduction of Siri. I didn’t like the glass-back design though. It was unnecessary to have glass on the back. It served no purpose other than to break when dropped or when sat on when it's in your back pocket. The addition of an 8MP camera was swanky, though.

1. The Original iPhone

The first-generation iPhone, launched in 2007, was more about innovation than perfection. It was locked to AT&T, lacked an App Store out of the gate, and ran on the painfully slow 2G wireless network.
By today’s standards, its 3.5-inch display is practically microscopic. Oh, and its 4GB storage option was so ridiculously paltry that Apple dropped it after three months. 
However, this device sparked the smartphone revolution. It proved far more exciting than the BlackBerry, Motorola and Palm rivals of its day. I think this was a magical phone when it came out.


Happy 10th Birthday iPhone!!!

On June 29th 2007, I went to Santa Rosa Plaza in Santa Rosa California to purchase the very first iPhone. The first iPhone came in two models; a 4 GigaByte and a 8 GigaByte model. I chose the 8GB model, thinking I’m getting more for my money.
When I got to Santa Rosa Plaza, I went to the Apple Store first. It had a long line of people. So I walked over to the AT&T Store in Santa Rosa Plaza. It was 11am and only 7 people were in line. I became number 8. Both the Apple Store and AT&T Store didn’t open until 6pm that day. The day went by pretty well. I met and got to know the people in line with me and talking to them helped the time pass by.
When 6pm happened, I did get my 8 GigaByte iPhone. The most revolutionary cell phone to come out at that time. When I walked out of the AT&T Store, I felt a sense of victory because I had waited 6 months when Steve Jobs first announced it at Macworld in San Francisco and also everybody still waiting in line and even as I was walking through the mall, people were cheering at me and I proudly raised the iPhone in the air to show that I had one. It was a great feeling!!!
For me, the first iPhone was not only the most amazing Apple product but the most amazing product ever. I like to think of it as a swiss army knife for phones. There wasn’t anything like it before. To this day, I have not had that same feeling for a product since.

Happy Birthday iPhone

The Best Features of Apple’s Upcoming Software

OS X v10.11 Code Name: El Capitan

Finder: A new, larger mouse cursor that temporarily displays when a computer is awoken from sleep.

Safari: Users will be able to pin sites, reducing them to an icon. And a new audio icon allows users to mute websites and identify which tab is playing sound. And finally, AirPlay can now play video from a Web page to your Apple TV without showing everything else on the desktop.

Mail: Identifies events and contacts in email messages; offering to add them to your calendar or contacts list with a single click. This is probably just an enhanced interface for Apple’s long-standing Data Detectors technology, but if exposing it differently is what’s necessary for people to make use of it, great.

Photos: Apple is now promising a few heavily requested features for its replacement for iPhoto and Aperture. Most notable among these is support for third-party editing extensions that will be available from the Mac App Store and accessible within Photos itself. It doesn’t sound as though that will enable external editing in Adobe Photoshop, say, but it will go a long way toward enhancing the editing capabilities of Photos.
Apple also says that it will be possible to add a location to a single photo or to an entire Moment, and you’ll be able to sort photos within albums by date, title, and other metadata. Finally, a streamlined workflow is aimed at making it faster and easier to identify faces.

Maps: Apple has finally added transit directions to Maps, and while the feature has been a long time coming, it looks like the company has done a nice job. When you ask for transit directions, the display focuses on public transit lines instead of roads, and in places like New York City, where a subway station might lie under several city blocks, Apple has put a lot of effort into identifying exits in order to provide useful walking directions once you emerge, blinking, into the sunlight. Transit directions will be available in 12 cities around the United States and Europe to start, plus another 12 cities in China, and Apple said over 300 more were in the works.

Performance improvements are also a key part of El Capitan, with Apple saying that OS X will offer two-times faster performance when switching apps or getting messages in Mail. Opening a PDF in Preview, meanwhile, is said to be 4 times as fast as in Yosemite.

Details: At the moment, all we know about El Capitan’s availability is that it will arrive “this fall” and will be free. Give Apple’s past performance, that points toward a mid-to-late October release. Nothing was said about hardware compatibility at the keynote, but it turns out that El Capitan will run on all Macs that run Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion. That’s an impressive record of backward compatibility.

iOS 9 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Smarter Siri and Search: A key feature in the new Siri is enhanced intelligence: The personal assistant can now access photos, know when you get into your car, or connect Safari links to reminders.

"Siri Suggestions" also offer apps and contacts based on contextual information, such as recently downloaded software, or apps usually used around that time of day.

Search is also improved, with live sports scores, video search of popular video sites, and a dedicated API for search, allowing users to find content from apps installed on their device. Search results are also deep-linked into an application to provide quick access to information within apps.

Another feature of iOS 9 is to show "Now Playing" as soon as headphones are plugged in. This is contextually aware, so when plugging into a car, the iPhone might instead offer up an audiobook the user has been listen to.

In iOS 9, incoming calls can also help to identify unknown contacts. The new capabilities were showcased at WWDC on Monday by Apple software chief Craig Federighi.

In a demonstration, Federighi showed how he could read a text message, then tell Siri to "remind me about this later," and the system would automatically connect the two.

Spotlight Search in iOS 9 is once again located with a swipe to the left of the main home screen. There users can search, see Siri Suggestions, find recommended nearby information, and more.

Privacy is a key feature of the revamped Siri, with Apple noting that the data is anonymous, and is not associated with an Apple ID. Data is sent with a randomized identifier, and it's not linked to other Apple services or shared with third parties.

Application changes and improvements: Native apps in iOS 9 will be tweaked and improved, including two major changes to Passbook and Newsstand. Specifically, both will be renamed, to Wallet and News, representing broader capabilities for each.

The new iOS 9 Wallet will include credit cards, tickets and passes, but will also add support for store-specific cards. Apple also announced that transit in the U.K. will have compatibility with Apple Pay.

News, meanwhile, is a personalized way to access information, including interactive and personally curated content, much like Flipboard. Using a proprietary intelligent system, News learns what content you like and delivers it.

Beyond print and traditional news outlets, News will also support local newspapers, blogs, specialty publications, and more.

Notes has also been improved with the ability to sketch and include images within the app. Share Sheet support allows users to quickly add a link back into their notes. And a new attachments view shows everything included in a note.

Apple's Maps will also include built-in transit information, including buses, trains, subways and more. It also features multi-modal routing, allowing users to combine forms of transportation.

Apple Maps will also include step-by-step directions with estimated walking times. These include underground maps for subway stations and more, allowing users to more easily find where they are going.

Siri is also compatible with transit in Maps, but transit support will be limited at first to a handful of cities across the world.

Maps in iOS 9 also include easy search for nearby merchants, and even show if those businesses accept Apple Pay.

iPad-specific improvements: iOS 9 will have a number of features specific to Apple's iPad lineup. These include special shortcut buttons for cut, copy, paste and more in the QuickType menu bar.

Users can also use two-fingers to drag a cursor around conveniently. There are also new enhancements for hardware keyboards, like quick app switching and more.

Apple is also introducing split-screen multitasking for the iPad, including a feature dubbed "slide over" that allows quick access to built-in apps like Messages, Notes, Calendar, Photos, and more.

In addition to an overlay mode, users can also display two apps at once on the screen, pinning one app to the side. Both apps can then be interacted with at the same time, offering multi-app multi-touch.

iOS 9 also includes a picture-in-picture mode that allows users to watch a video, listen, and even resize it while accomplishing another task. Videos can even be pushed off the screen to prevent obstructing content, and the video can be removed with a quick tap.

Developers who have adopted auto layout and slide classes in their iPhone app will be able to easily support slide over. Slide over will be available on the iPad Air and newer, as well as all iPad mini models, while split-screen simultaneous apps are limited to the iPad Air 2.

Performance improvements: iOS 9 will offer on average an extra hour of uptime on the iPhone, thanks to improvements. Apple is also introducing a new low-power mode that can extend battery life for an additional three hours.

The amount of free space required to upgrade to iOS 9 has also been improved, drastically reducing from over 4 gigabytes for iOS 8 to 1.3 gigabytes for iOS 9 along with Automatic Overnight Updates.

Availability: iOS 9 will be supported by all devices that can run iOS 8. Developers have access to the first beta starting today, the public beta will start in July, and the official launch of iOS 9 will be this fall.

AppleWatch OS 2: 3rd-party complications, nightstand mode, native apps, more: Apple has a new feature called nightstand mode, which allows the Watch face to be viewed on its side for charging. When resting like this, the Digital Crown and side button can be used to snooze and end an alarm in the morning.

Starting with watchOS 2, developers will be able to create their own watch face complications. These will offer users the ability to add glanceable custom information like upcoming flights or sports scores.

Complications will also feature a new capability called "Time Travel," where users can rotate the Digital Crown on their Apple Watch to see information for later in the day, including calendar entries, weather, and more.

Friends can also be added more easily to favorite contacts in watchOS 2.

Siri will also be able to start workouts, without a user needing to touch the Watch to begin an activity. And third-party workout apps will be able to run natively on the device, and workouts will count toward goals in the Activity app.

Apple Pay on watchOS 2 will also include store cards and rewards cards, just like in iOS 9. Mass transit capabilities in Maps will also work on Apple Watch with the next gen operating system.

Apple Watch to get Activation Lock with watchOS 2: Apple's upcoming watchOS 2 will bring Activation Lock to the Apple Watch, the company quietly revealed on Monday via a new webpage for the operating system.

As on devices with iOS 7 or 8, Activation Lock will prevent someone from re-activating a lost or stolen Watch without a previously-linked Apple ID. One difference is that owners will need to turn on the feature using the Watch's companion iPhone app.

The lack of anti-theft measures for the Watch has been a recurring complaint. While there are some security measures in place, such as pass codes, Find My Watch, and automatic data wipes, these are more focused around protecting personal information and won't stop a thief from reusing or reselling the product, which can cost anywhere between $349 and $17,000.

Watch OS 2 will add a variety of features, such as native app support, third-party complications, a Nightstand mode, new faces, and public transit directions. Third-party apps will also have access to more hardware features, such as the accelerometer, microphone, and Digital Crown.

An early beta of watchOS 2 is currently available for developers, but the final software won't reach the public until this fall.

Apple's 'Move to iOS' app transports user data from Android to iPhone: With an eye on easing the transition from Android to the iOS ecosystem, Apple plans to offer switchers a special Android app that wirelessly transfers personal data, downloaded apps and other information over to a new iPhone.

According to Apple's iOS 9 preview webpage, Android users can rely on the Move to iOS app to transfer contacts, message history, photos and video, Web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars and even wallpapers. Certain content, like DRM-protected songs and e-books, are not eligible for transfer, though DRM-free media will be moved over automatically.

Not simply a bulk data mover, Move to iOS analyzes a user's free Android apps and makes suggestions to rebuild their catalog with iOS versions. Titles determined to be paid apps are added to their iTunes Wish List for later purchase. 

It is not yet clear when the app will be available, but the wireless transfer process appears to rely on iOS 9 assets.

The Re-Designed iPad 2

Announced yesterday in San Francisco, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs took to the stage with the re-designed iPad 2 and comes with IOS 4.3. The first noticeable difference is that it's 33% thinner and a 10th of a pound lighter than the first Apple iPad. The iPad 2 has a Dual Core A5 processing unit that's 2 times faster and 9 times faster Graphics than the original iPad but has the same low power consumption as the A4 processor in the original iPad, which means that the battery charge will still last 10 hours, even with the faster processor. The iPad 2 has a Front and Rear camera and comes in Black or White and will work with both AT&T and Verizon carriers. Both Photo Booth and FaceTime software is included to take advantage of the new built-in cameras. The rear camera not only takes snap shots but doubles as an HD video camera which brings about the next version of iMovie, now for the iPad 2. iMovie for iPad 2 includes a Precision editor, Multitrack audio recording, New themes and AirPlay to your Apple TV. Share your videos in HD. It's a Universal application which means any project that's in iPad 2, can be transferred back to your Mac. A second Apple App for the iPad 2 will be Garage Band which includes 8 tracks of recording and Smart Instruments that helps you learn how to play an instrument. Both iMovie and Garage Band will be priced at $4.99 US each. IOS 4.3 brings better Safari browser performance, iTunes home sharing which allows access to your iTunes library on your Mac or PC to stream your music and videos to your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Better AirPlay streaming to your Apple TV 2 such as being able to view video from a web page and any App. You can use Apple TV's built-in slideshows when streaming photos from your iDevice too. There is a new Preference for the right-side iPad switch which can either act as a mute or a rotation lock switch. The last major feature in the IOS 4.3 software update is a Personal Hotspot for the iPhone 4. This will allow you to create a wireless Internet connection using your iPhone 4's 3G network for your laptop computer when there isn't a wireless Internet connection nearby. A new HDMI adapter will also be available. It will offer Mirrored Video Output which means anything that shows on the iPad screen for example, will show on the HDTV that the iPad is connected to. The HDMI adapter will support resolutions up to 1080 progressive, it'll work with all apps, will support screen rotation and no special setup or configuration is required. The HDMI adapter will cost $39.00 US.Then, there is the new covers for the iPad 2. The covers feature a magnetic hinge which grasp and auto-aligns itself to the iPad 2. Has a Micro-fiber lining underneath that cleans the iPad 2's screen, wakes the iPad 2 when lifting the cover and sleeps the iPad 2 when closed and is easy to remove or change. It comes in 10 colors, 5 colors in Polyurethane for $39.00 US and 5 colors in Leather for $69.00 US each.

The iPad 2 will be the same price as last year's iPad.

The iPad 2, IOS 4.3, iMovie and Garage Band for iPad 2,
will be available March 11th.

Opinion: The iPhone 4 Case Design

My take on the whole iPhone 4 reception problem is this; It's simply a bad design that Apple didn't test either enough or not at all. The Antenna band should have been placed at the top-side of the phone where people don't place their fingers on the phone. Apple sometimes does these Overlooked Design Flaws. There's just no rhym or reason to it.

An iPhone Case that Reflects Current Events

This morning I came across an unusual iPhone case that I thought was hilarious. It's called The Recession Case. It's made of recycled cardboard from Case-Mate for $.99 for one case. At the bottom of their website, there are a couple of videos; The first one, showing a cool review of The Recession Case and the second video, shows you how you can use The Recession Case to Microwave food with it. I think it's a basic iPhone accessory made out of a basic material (Cardboard), but I also think the creators of The Recession Case are very creative. From what I saw this morning, it seems to work and it works for the original, the 3G, and the 3GS iPhones.