The 15 features that the first 2G iPhone didn’t have

On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone in history intended to change the smartphone industry forever. 15 years later, let’s take a look at the main features that the iPhone 2G did not have and which will only arrive in the following years.

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Presented on January 9, 2007 at the Macworld Conference & Expo and introduced in the United States on June 29, 2007, it did not arrive until later in Europe. The iPhone 2G marked an era, because from that day on the smartphone market will never be the same.

Despite such a revolutionary device, especially for the user interface and for that pinch-to-zoom that looked like science fiction at the time, the first iPhone lacked several features that we are all used to today.

Here are the top 15:

  1. App Store: The first iPhone had a number of apps preinstalled like Phone, Weather, Notes, Calendar, Calculator, and Photos, but there was no official way to install third-party apps. The App Store wouldn’t actually debut until July 2008, although Steve Jobs initially opposed it and wanted to focus solely on web apps. The lack of an Apple-run app store immediately spawned the Jailbreak community and a series of unofficial app stores that were essential at the time to be able to fully exploit the iPhone’s potential.
  2. Copy and Paste: Younger people won’t believe it, but the ability to copy and paste text didn’t come to the iPhone until 2009.
  3. Front Camera: In 2007, selfies were virtually non-existent and the first iPhone didn’t have a front camera, which only debuted in 2010 with the iPhone 4 and FaceTime video calling.
  4. Video recording: The first iPhone could only take still photos, with video recording introduced by Apple on the iPhone 3GS in 2009. However, there were several apps on alternative stores that allowed video recording.
  5. Flashlight: Without an LED flash, there wasn’t even a built-in flashlight. When the App Store launched, many developers released apps that displayed a white screen with maximum brightness on the iPhone to simulate a flashlight.
  6. MMS: This was one of the most criticized shortcomings, because at the time MMS was seen as the future (!). IPhone 2G supported SMS, but it was not possible to send photos via messages. Apple introduced this feature with iPhone OS 3.0 in 2009, but only for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
  7. GPS: Although the Google Maps app was preinstalled on the first iPhone, there was no detailed route as the device did not have built-in GPS. Apple then introduced GPS with the iPhone 3G in 2008.
  8. Home screen wallpapers: At the time, it was not possible to set a custom wallpaper on the iPhone home screen. This novelty was only introduced with iOS 4 in 2010, but without support for iPhone 2G.
  9. Support for other operators: For the first iPhone, Apple has decided to grant exclusivity to certain operators such as AT&T in the United States. To use the device with SIM cards from other operators, it took Jailbreak and a few operations.
  10. Siri: Apple’s voice assistant wasn’t launched with the iPhone 4S until 2011.
  11. Touch ID and Face ID: While the latest iPhones and iPads come with biometric authentication systems, the original iPhone could only be protected with a four-digit password. Touch ID debuted with the iPhone 5s in 2013, while Face ID debuted in 2017 with the iPhone X.
  12. Lightning connector: In line with previous iPods, the first iPhone was equipped with a 30-pin dock connector. Apple decided to switch to the Lightning connector in 2012, with the launch of the iPhone 5.
  13. Retina display: Introduced on the iPhone 4 in 2010, the Retina display featured four times the number of pixels on the original iPhone and was the highest resolution screen of any smartphone available at the time.
  14. Wireless charging: The first iPhones to support wireless charging were the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X released in 2017.
  15. Water resistance: Liquids were a big enemy of the first iPhone, while later models have resistance with an IP68 degree of protection.

Obviously, the features absent on the first iPhone compared to current models are much more numerous.

And you, what memories do you keep of the first iPhone?

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