The iPhone is an integrated cellular telephone and a media player that is developed and marketed by Apple. It combines the main functions of several popular electronic gadgets in a single device, with a shared interface and establishes integration between them. In addition to its primary function as a cellular telephone, iPhone includes music and video player, digital camera, PDA, and an Internet communications suite.

In other words, Apple's iPhone is a smartphone with multiple functions that can act as a mobile phone, an iPod, and can even run various third-party apps along with the internet and other networking capabilities. It runs on the iOS, which is an operating system developed by Apple specifically for portable devices.

iPhone has a sleek, minimalist design, and differs from other smartphones in its lack of buttons. Even though iPhone is known for its multitasking nature (i.e. as both a cell phone and an iPod), its greatest potential lies in the third-party apps developed for the iPhone. There are numerous apps available through Apple's App Store, which include productivity programs, utilities, games, and many other types of applications.

Features of iPhone

Touchscreen display: iPhone includes a 3.5-inch multi-touch screen to control most functions of the phone, rather than using a keyboard. Users can use just two finger touches to manipulate or perform any activities.

Google Maps: Google's search and mapping services are fully integrated that includes the ability to initiate phone calls from within Google Maps.

Networking Suite: iPhone is well known for its browsing and networking capabilities like automatic Wi-Fi network detection, usage of quadband GSM and SIM cards to access cellular networks, high speed data transfer with EDGE support and support for the 802.11b and 802.11g standards and many more.

Battery: iPhone is designed with a Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is a rechargeable battery that has twice the energy capacity of a normal battery and provides greater stability and safety.

App Store: The Apple’s App Store consists of thousands of iPhone apps that are being created for the new platform virtually and provides the iPhone with limitless functionality.

History of iPhone

iPhone was first released in June, 2007 and since then it has come up with many updated versions roughly every year. iPhone was originally only available to AT&T customers, but iPhone 4 was released on the Verizon network in February, 2010.

First iPhone (June 2007): Introduced in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T, it was the first GSM-based iPhone was greeted with extraordinary enthusiasm. The main highlight of the first model are GPRS and EDGE data networks, but was complained to be for surfing the Web.

iPhone 3G (June 2008): To overcome the slow web surfing of the first generation, iPhone 3G came up with the higher-speed 3G data service this added many improvements, including GPS.

iPhone 3G S (June 2009): Introduction of the iPhone 3G S to the next generation added a faster processor, video camera, voice phone dialer and improved battery life.

iPhone 4 (June 2010): iPhone 4 were thinner but offered higher resolution. It came up with a front-facing camera, which can be used for video calls made using the FaceTime feature.

iPhone 4S (October 2011): iPhone 4S added numerous features, that included Siri a voice-based intelligent assistant. Even though it seemed like the iPhone 4, there was enormous improvement in its internal hardware.

iPhone 5 (September, 2012): iPhone 5 included a larger screen, improved camera, re-designed ear buds and dock connector. It was taller, thinner and supported the higher-speed 4G LTE networks.

iPhone 5C (September 2013): An iPhone 5C was a completely redesigned and was re-launched as an entry-level iPhone with a larger battery and colorful cases.

iPhone 5S (September 2013): iPhone 5S was introduced with numerous changes along with a faster CPU, secondary motion-sensing processor, fingerprint reader and greatly enhanced camera are some of the main components of iPhone 5S.

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