Progress to Perfection: The Evolution to iPhone 15
In this article:
- The Original iPhone (2007): Your 3-in-1 Device
- iPhone 3G and 3GS (2008-2009): Faster Connectivity
- iPhone 4 and 4S (2010-2011): Sight and Sound Enhancements
- iPhone 5 to 6S (2012–2015): Touch ID and Larger Displays
- iPhone 7 to 8 (2016–2017): Wireless Technology
- iPhone X to 11 (2017–2019): Face ID, Triple Cameras, and Animoji
- iPhone 12 and 13 (2020–2021): 5G, MagSafe, and Cinematic Mode
- iPhone 14 (2022): The Dynamic Island
- iPhone 15 (2023): The Pinnacle of Innovation
Can you envision iPhone without Face ID? It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when unlocking your phone with just a glance was the stuff of Sci-Fi movies. Since then, the smartphone has undergone impressive transformations. Discover key advancements such as Touch ID, Retina display, and wireless technology as it evolved from the original iPhone to the much-awaited iPhone 15.
The Original iPhone (2007): Your 3-in-1 Device
The first iPhone was a game-changer. It wasn't just a phone—it was also an iPod and a web browser all in one. It featured a 3.5-inch display, 2 MP rear camera, and EDGE connectivity, which was revolutionary for its time. This groundbreaking device debuted the touchscreen, bidding goodbye to keypads for an unparalleled user experience. While it boasted a revolutionary user interface like no other, it still made do with built-in apps. Imagine, the App Store—an essential application that transformed software distribution and spawned countless mobile apps—was nonexistent at that time!
iPhone 3G and 3GS (2008-2009): Faster Connectivity
Globe Telecom, in partnership with Apple, pioneered the introduction of iPhone 3G to the Filipino market in 2008. iPhone 3G banished the slow load time of web pages, a major leap from the original. With iPhone 3GS, users enjoyed faster internet, paving the way for 4G LTE technology. This move cemented Globe's position as a leader in connecting Filipinos through cutting-edge technology and showcased Globe's commitment to innovation.
iPhone 4 and 4S (2010-2011): Sight and Sound Enhancements
iPhone 4's Retina display made pixels—those tiny dots that make up the picture—almost invisible to the naked eye. It also launched a front-facing camera, enabling FaceTime. The 4S then unveiled Siri, a voice-activated assistant that could do things for you, like make calls, send texts, or look up information.
iPhone 5 to 6S (2012–2015): Touch ID and Larger Displays
iPhone 5 may not have impressed with visible design changes, but the small switch from the old-style wide iPhone charger to the sleek Lightning port meant more space for better features. The 5S launched Touch ID, an innovative fingerprint scanning setup that made passwords obsolete. The 6 Series rolled out larger displays, making them perfect for new Slow Motion and Live Photos features that allowed you to creatively capture and relive moments that traditional photos or videos couldn’t match.
iPhone 7 to 8 (2016–2017): Wireless Technology
By the time iPhone 7 came around, Apple ditched the headphone jack and the physical home button, paving the way for a wireless audio future and gesture-based controls. iPhone 7 Plus offered DSLR-like depth effects to mobile photography with a dual-camera system and portrait mode that allowed you to achieve more professional-looking photos. iPhone 8 continued cord-free technology with its wireless charging for a more convenient, less-cluttered charging experience.
iPhone X to 11 (2017–2019): Face ID, Triple Cameras, and Animoji
Face ID arrived with the iPhone X series. This new standard for biometric security meant you could unlock your phone just by glancing at it. But it also introduced the controversial notch, a small, black cutout at the top center that housed the TrueDepth camera and sensors needed for FaceID, which interrupted the seamless edge-to-edge display. These front-facing sensors and camera made the animated Animoji and Memoji possible for more expressive texting.
In 2018, iPhone XR arrived with eSIM compatibility, an important feature for mobile connectivity. That same year, Globe introduced eSIM technology to its postpaid customers, making them instrumental in the adoption of eSIM technology in the Philippines.
iPhone 11 series followed, offering Night Mode and ultra-wide shots, allowing you to capture the stars clearly and fit everyone in your frame.
iPhone 12 and 13 (2020–2021): 5G, MagSafe, and Cinematic Mode
iPhone 12 supercharged your browsing and streaming experience with 5G blazing speeds, a feature further enhanced by Globe Telecom's launch of 5G services in the Philippines.
The telecom company initially rolled out 5G connectivity in select areas, focusing on providing high-speed internet for home broadband users. Over time, Globe has expanded its 5G network to include mobile services and cover more areas across the country. Today, the company is recognized as the Philippines' Most Reliable Mobile Network based on Q1-Q2 2023 Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® data.
The 12 series also featured Ceramic Shield, a cutting-edge glass-ceramic material that offered four times better drop performance. Apple also revived MagSafe with iPhone 12, originally used for laptop chargers, gearing up for the move towards efficient wireless charging. Then came iPhone 13, featuring ProMotion tech for smooth scrolling and Cinematic Mode with jaw-dropping depth effects and automatic focus shifts.
iPhone 14 (2022): The Dynamic Island
There's not much difference between iPhone 13 and 14's non-Pro versions, but the Pro versions got a significant upgrade to the A16 chip for faster performance and smoother multi-tasking. The notch was also replaced with the Dynamic Island, a pill-shaped camera module for notifications and alerts. People loved how Apple transformed the notch into something more, gathering all activities, alerts, and notifications in one interactive location.
iPhone 15 (2023): The Pinnacle of Innovation
The recently released iPhone 15 perfects iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island, so you get live updates—music control, caller ID, flight status—while you're busy with something else. It also boasts a vibrant color-infused back glass and a Super Retina XDR display that's twice as bright in sunlight compared to iPhone 14.
An awesome 48 MP camera allows you to tap and shift focus between subjects, even after taking the shot. USB-C compatibility lets you charge all your Apple devices—laptop, iPad, and iPhone 15—with one cable, talk about convenience!
The innovation doesn't stop there. With Globe's Gadget Xchange, you can make your iPhone 15 experience even smoother, enjoying hassle-free device switch or replacement without the need for any documentation. Or you can avail of Globe's Trade-in program to effectively cut your monthly costs. Just trade in your old smartphone and get cashback that’s transferred directly to your postpaid bill.
iPhone 15 is not just another phone; it's the product of years of fine-tuning for cutting-edge functionality. Pair this iconic device with Globe's flexible mobile plans and experience next-gen innovation in the palm of your hand.