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The iPhone X
The iPhone, 10 years old and what a revolutionary product. Some tech experts predicted a crash and burn when the 1st Generation model was released, and some blissfully predicted the success it’s had.
Thanks Tim Cook for the new iPhone 8 and X (still to be released…) but most importantly, thank you to the legend himself Mr Steve Jobs. The iPhone has had a fantastic journey so far, producing some of the most revolutionary technology we’ve seen in mobile handsets – let’s not forget the 1973 Motorola that even had it’s on carry bag.
Can we also take a second to appreciate the revolution of Siri… Siri is a portable (and pocketable) virtual personal assistant. She has a speech-recognition module which works out what you’re saying, and then a natural language parser combs through your words to work out what you’re trying to do.
The visual from musicMagpie shows us how funny and spookily accurate some of the predictions were, and how far off some of the most respected technology journalist have been over the years (don’t take it to heart).
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How the internet reacted to the iPhone over the years
Apple’s annual iPhone launch since the tech press and social media into overdrive, with apple Fanatics the world over debating the largest specs and features long after Tim Cook has left the stage.
Here’s some of the funniest, misguided, and spookily accurate reactions to each of the past fifteen iphone releases.
June 2007 IPhone 1st Gen
We don’t want an all-in-one device
Only 31% of Americans want a device with multiple capabilities.
Where is the keypad? “that virtual keyboard will be about as useful for tapping on emails and text messages as a rotary phone.”-Seth Porges, TechCrunch
It’s a passing fad…
“The iPhone is nothing more than a full bauble that will appeal to a few guys are freaks.”-Matthew Lynn, Bloomberg
July 2008 iPhone 3g
Last time I checked material 452342 to places behind aluminum.”-Brian Lamb, Gizmodo
We still want a keypad!
“This defining feature of the iPhone remains one of its biggest drawbacks.”-Ryan block, Engadget
June 2009 iPhone 3GS
Does the S stand for the same?
“It is, at its core, a phone you already own.”- Joshua Topolsky, Engagdget
Voice control… “voice control is a bit like an answer to a question that no one asked.”
It’s getting speedier
“You’ll notice apps opening very quickly the BBC news site loaded and 7 Seconds, compared to 22.5 seconds on the iPhone 3-g and more than 14 seconds on the original iPhone”- Graham Batlow, techradar
We’ve got some basics
“Of all the features added to the new 3.0 cocktail, copy and paste is it easily the most talked about.” – Joshua Topolsky, Engagdget
June 2010 iPhone 4
Sophisticated yet breakable
” couples with the smaller and more dense form factor I’m now deathly afraid of dropping and shattering this thing.”- Brian King and Anand Lai Shipi, AnandTech
” judging by Apple’s previous Behavior the iPhone 4 will be out of date within a year…”-Nick Farrell, The Enquirer
We know your upgrade game
I can see people!
” there’s still something deeply sci-fi about dying up a friend to video chat.” – Joshua Topolsky, Engagdget
October 2011 iPhone 4S
Damn I was really looking forward to iPhone 5…@Sara_Paxt
” The iPhone 4S had let down Apple’s reputation of being innovative.”- IBT staff reporter, international business times
I’m going as the iPhone 4S for Halloween by wearing last year’s costume and disappointing everyone. @keith_stewart
“To me, there’s only one reason to buy an iPhone 4S: Siri.”-Mike Elgan, Datamotion
“the iPhone 4S may not be the most resilient phone but it probably is the most beautiful”- theverge.Com
Still beautifully breakable
September 2012 iPhone 5
Still worth it though
” slowly but surely the iPhone is embedding itself deeper and deeper into the fabric of our lives.”- Lucy Kinder, the telegraph
Is it all getting a bit boring?
“I’m still underwhelmed there isn’t one single killer feature this time around.”-George Tinari, IntoMobile
September 2013 iPhone 5c and 5s
” with its plastic bag, the iPhone 5C was apparently going to be the most affordable iPhone yet. I personally wouldn’t call 469 pounds affordable.”-Andrew Hoyle, CNET
Is Plastic Fantastic?
” Let’s be honest: the iPhone 5c is not a new device. The iPhone 5c is the iPhone 5, and apple found a cheaper way to produce it.” Jacqui Chang, Technica
September 2014 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Our new ad pitch for Apple: “the new iPhone 6 offers greater flexibility than ever before” #iPhone6 #BendGate @NYRogerSterling
In all fairness, Anyone who puts a gadget made of aluminum in their back pocket and sits down deserves for it to bend. @markwithers #bendgate
Scream if you wanted to go faster… And better-looking.
” Apple will tell you that these are the fastest mobile devices is ever made, and it wouldn’t be lying. These phone screen.”- Joshua Topolsky, Engagdget
Is bigger better?
” The iPhone 6 Plus is so big that in landscape mode, I had a hard time reaching the keys to type”-Molly Wood, the New York Times
September 2015 iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
How long did the meeting take to decide on a new name? @kubayd
Another s year…
” The marketing slogan for the 6s is “the only thing that’s changed is everything,” which is funny because that’s, well, not true.”-Nicole Nguyen, BuzzFeed
We could never go back
Going back to my iPhone 6 after spend time with 3D touch on the iPhone 6s, I feel lost.-Christina Warren, Mashable
Loving Live photos?
” there will be moments in Life or you would never have guessed you wanted to shoot a video live photos has a chance to capture them.”-Brian X Chen, the New York Times
September 2016 iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Why the weird earphones?
You just know when 12 why apple is going to require us to get surgically implanted headphones and will be like “side, find whatever.” @nycsouthpaw
Have you dreamed of charging your earbuds well guess what @joshuatopolsk
There is no way in hell I won’t accidentally swallow these headphones somehow @pilotbacon
Impatient for design
Jokes about the iPhone 7 or just slightly upgraded jokes about the iPhone 6s
I want my button back
The response to its touch range drum “awful” to “weird” to the more delicate “it will take some getting used to.”- David Pletini, Cult of Mac
The new iPhone is waterproof, which means I can finally enjoy my shower while being interrupted by emails from work. @SamGrittner
The iPhone 7 will be waterproof, a stunning blow to the rice industry @EvanJKessler
September 2017 iPhone X iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
The x is the best iPhone, no questions yeah, it’s going to cost you, but you already knew that.- Brian Heater, TechCrunch
What a price tag!
We were promised the future and we got talking poop… @JoannaStern
Oh my God the Emoji movie was just an advertisement for Apple aniemojis! @BlackNerd
8 vs X
Apple’s phone that isn’t the fancy iPhone x feels like an odd in-betweener.-Scott Stein & Lynn La, CNET
I will only get my phone acts up every time someone else tries to open it, Siri screams open not handsome enough clothes quote at 130 decibels. @jesseberney
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