The iPhone Turns 5 – Infographics
The iPhone is a popular smartphone. Introduced in January 2007 by Apple, the iPhone was the first phone to offer a multi-touch touchscreen interface which soon became the industry standard. The original iPhone ran on its own operating system called iOS which included a pre-installed set of multimedia and productivity applications. The platform was originally designed as a closed system but soon after the iPhone’s launch, independent developers introduced apps that added functions to unlocked or “jailbroken” iPhones. Apple reacted and (reluctantly) opened the system to third-party developers in 2008. The Apple App Store was introduced shortly thereafter and quickly became an essential part of the iPhone ecosystem and a billion-dollar business for Apple.
Since its launch in 2007, the iPhone has seen two major redesigns and three incremental updates. The iPhone 4S, introduced in September 2011, marks the popular smartphone’s fifth iteration and shares the design with its predecessor, the iPhone 4. It is widely expected that Apple will introduce a redesigned iPhone 5 in 2012.