Inventing the iPhone, Apple has acquired the status of a major innovator of the smartphone market and is now forced to comply with every year the world awaits from the company brand new products or even little techno-revolution. For this the company has to make great efforts. Many technological solutions are called Apple to rethink existing approaches to technology and development. They have a significant impact on the industry, changing the vector of development of the market and forced to imitate competitors.
The iPhone smartphone in 2007, itself a revolution. At that time it was not the first touch screen phone, but it everything was controlled by the fingers instead of the stylus: dialing and text messaging, running applications, flipping through the photos. The screen reacted to touch unquestioningly. With the development of smartphone Apple has introduced technology that changed the industry of mobile devices. MacDigger offers to consider five major innovations in iPhone history.
2008: App Store
On 10 July 2008 together with the operating system iPhone OS 2.0, Apple launched the App store. This service allowed users around the world using the Internet to download free and paid games and apps for your gadgets. Then it had only 500 applications, but during the first weekend the number of downloads reached 10 million. In January 2009, the number of downloaded apps is already 500 million, and in April of the same year — one billion.
Currently the store offers over 1.5 million applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in 155 countries, with more than 750 000 of these apps made for iPad. Users App Store offers huge selection of apps in 24 categories, including games, social networking, photo & video, sports, health & fitness, travel, kids and more.
Since the launch of the App Store around the development and creation of apps has grown a whole industry. Over the past 7 years, the iOS ecosystem has helped create 627,000 jobs in the United States.
Voice assistant Siri has become one of the key advantages of the iPhone 4s in 2011 and iOS in General. This function uses the processing of natural speech to answer questions and give recommendations. Siri adapts to each user individually, studying his preferences for a long time.
After the launch of Siri, many other companies began to move in the same direction. Google launched its own Google Voice Search technology, which was a search engine that accepts queries in the form of voice messages, and Microsoft made its own assistant Cortana.
Although Siri originally available on the iPhone, began to work on the iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV, the technology is still not yet available on Mac computers. The opportunity to work personal assistant on desktop machines is described in Apple patent. It is expected that Siri will be able to replace the staffing module of the speech recognition in OS X and will be some way to interact with Spotlight search feature. It is obvious that the assistant will display “voice recognition” on the Mac platform to a whole new level.
2013: 64-bit A7 chip
During the presentation on September 10 2013 Apple announced that the iPhone 5s is the world’s first smartphone equipped with a 64-bit processor. Mobile chip next generation A7 offered “the architecture of desktop-class computers.”
What is needed is a 64-bit processor in the iPhone? The answer lies in the fact that our personal computers and mobile devices steadily become closer in their characteristics. The Internet is gradually blurs the line between smartphones and PCs, we, using different devices, feel between them all the difference.
Most modern Macs and PC going on sale today, the operating system is already 64-bit, and transferring 64 bits on their smartphones, Apple is preparing for a future where the same applications can be used on both mobile devices and on laptops and desktop computers. Ecosystem on iOS brings Apple a huge profit. So why not multiply this success by extending it to the iMac and MacBook?
64-bit processor in the iPhone may not be pulled that instant revolution, which was mentioned in the Apple, but this fact alone shows that it is a Mature and forward-thinking company looking to the future and one step ahead of competitors.
2013: Touch ID
Biometric sensor Touch ID was made by killer-feature of the flagship iPhone 5s. The fingerprint scanner built into the Home button, with a thickness of 170 microns (about twice as thick as a human hair) analyzes subepidermal layers of the skin and provides images with a resolution of 500 ppi. It provides the highest recognition accuracy. The phone owner can teach Touch ID to identify a few fingers, and the touch sensor can be whatever you like — the orientation of the finger does not matter.
With Touch ID you can unlock your smartphone to pay for purchases, to fill in passwords. That Apple has set the trend says the simple fact is the majority of flagship Android smartphones of 2015 equipped with a fingerprint scanner.
2015: a 3D display Touch
The 3D Touch technology, implemented in the newest smartphones, iPhone 6s, is a new generation Multi-Touch. It opens special opportunities to work with gadgets. 3D Touch allows you to distinguish between the pressure on the display, but it supports several gradations of effort that makes many functions quicker and more convenient. In addition to these familiar Multi-Touch gestures like touch, swipe, and pinch, 3D Touch allows you to use Peek and Pop. In particular, if you tap on a letter, Peek will show the preview, and if you press stronger function will Pop open it. Apple says that it’s “a whole new dimension to work with iPhone”.
There is no doubt that in the near future the technology will be equipped with most of the Android smartphones on the market.