Here are the 15 features that weren’t present on the iPhone 2G, the smartphone launched in 2007 that completely revolutionized the industry.

15 years ago, exactly on January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone model at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

As we all know, with the iPhone 2G Apple revolutionized the smartphone sector , but how much has it improved since then? Let’s find out together.

To celebrate the anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone model, we have compiled a list of the 15 features that the Cupertino company’s first smartphone did not have:

  • App Store : The original iPhone came with pre-installed apps like Phone, Weather, Notes, Calendar, Photos, and Calculator, but there was no official way to install third-party apps until the App Store launched in July 2008.
  • Copy and paste : It may seem hard to believe, but the ability to copy and paste text was only added to the iPhone in 2009.
  • Front camera : in 2007 selfies were not yet born and there was not even a front camera on the iPhone 2G. However, in 2010 it came to the iPhone 4 along with FaceTime video calling.
  • Video Recording : The first iPhone model could only take photos, and video recording was introduced on the iPhone 3GS in 2009.
  • Flashlight : Without LED flash, there was no built-in flashlight. When the App Store was officially available, a ton of flashlight apps were released that showed a white screen at maximum brightness to mimic a flashlight.
  • MMS : iPhone 2G supported SMS, but photos could not be sent. MMS capabilities were introduced with iPhone OS 3.0 in 2009, but only for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
  • GPS : Although the iPhone came with a pre-installed Google Maps app, there were no turn-by-turn directions, as the device did not have a GPS. Apple introduced integrated GPS with the iPhone 3G in 2008.
  • Home Screen Wallpapers : A custom home screen wallpaper could not be set on the iPhone until iOS 4 was released in 2010 and that software version did not support the iPhone 2G.
  • Operator Support : AT&T was the exclusive iPhone operator in the US until Verizon began supporting the device in 2011.
  • Siri : Apple’s digital voice assistant launched with the iPhone 4S in 2011.
  • Touch ID or Face ID : Although modern iPhones and iPads come with biometric authentication systems like Face ID or Touch ID, the original iPhone could only be protected with a four-digit passcode. Touch ID arrived in 2013 on the iPhone 5s, while Face ID arrived in 2017 on the iPhone X.
  • Lightning Connector : Like all early iPod models, the iPhone 2G was equipped with a 30-pin dock connector. Apple switched to the Lightning connector in 2012 with the launch of the iPhone 5.
  • Retina Display : Introduced on the iPhone 4 in 2010, the Retina display featured four times more pixels than the original iPhone and was the highest resolution display for a smartphone ever at the time.
  • Wireless Charging : The first iPhones to support wireless charging were the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X released in 2017.
  • Water resistance : The first iPhone model had no IP certification, but the latest models have water resistance with an IP68 rating.

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