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The Ten-Year Evolution of the iPhone’s Interior

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Bloomberg has partnered with iFixit to provide a look at how the interior of Apple’s iPhone has changed over the past ten years.

You can see the original iPhone on the left above, which is equipped with a yellow lithium-ion battery rated for 1,400 mAh. At the time of its release, Apple claimed that the battery was capable of 8 hours of talk time and 6 hours of web browsing. The top left of the device housed a 2-megapixel rear camera, which notably lacked an LED flash.

The original iPhone came equipped with 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of storage, a single-core ARM11 processor down-clocked to 412 MHz, just 128MB of RAM, a PowerVR MBX Lite graphics processor, Bluetooth 2.0 support, and s 802.11b/g Wi-Fi chip.

Other hardware in the original iPhone includes a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 320×480 pixels, a mechanical Home button, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

In comparison, the iPhone 8 has a battery rated at 1,812 mAh, a 12-megapixel rear camera, up to 256GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a six-core A11 Fusion chip, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11a/c Wi-Fi, and LTE Advanced. The company’s latest smartphone also has a Lightning connector, a capacitive Home button, and no headphone jack.

You can check out high resolution photos of every iPhone’s interior from this feature article posted by Bloomberg.

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  • sarge

    What a time to be alive though, isn’t it? It’s amazing how fast technology has changed in just a mere 10 years!

  • Dehop

    Improvements in bandwidth is what really blew my mind. In 1994 I borrowed a 14.4 modem and it took 10 minutes to download just 1 megabyte of data. 20 years later, I tethered my iPhone to a circa-2003 eMac (no wifi card) and downloaded 10 megabytes in just 1 second.

  • sarge

    Exactly! I vividly remember 56.6k dialup and it blew my mind at the time. Now I have a 1Gbit symmetrical connection right to my home

  • FragilityG4

    I remember when there was no internet, my computer had less than 100MB internal storage, I had a cassette player and rotary dials… damn I’m old.

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