9 curious facts about the iPhone you need to know

iPhone completes 16 years of launch in 2023. Apple’s cell phone was introduced to the world in 2007 by Steve Jobs who is regarded as one of the leading names in the technology industry. Since then, the device has undergone numerous changes and several historical events, such as the fact that its first commercial aired on American TV during the Oscar break. In the lines below, learn interesting facts about the device that has become a pop icon.

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1. It has become a cause of legal dispute in Brazil due to Gradient

The iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones in the world and this is not a mystery to anyone, but what few people know is that Apple has started a legal battle over the name of the device in Brazil. In the 2000s IGB Eletrônica, owner of the Gradiente brand, asked the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) to be able to register the “Gradiente Iphone” brand. The idea was to designate the term for mobile phones and their accessories. However, the request was only granted in 2008 (after the launch of Apple’s iPhone). In 2020, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) ruled that companies seek conciliation in this matter.

2. The first version of the iPhone didn’t have 3G

Steve Jobs and the first iPhone released in 2007 (Photo: Disclosure) — Photo: TechTudo

The first version of the iPhone, which went on sale in June 2007, was much simpler than currently available devices. The mobile had connection via Wi-Fi and Edge network, without being compatible with the third generation internet network. In addition to the lack of 3G, the original iPhone had a 3.5-inch TFT-type screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. According to the website GSMArenathe first model came with a 412MHz chip, a single 2-megapixel camera, and a 1,400mAh battery.

2. Bendgate tarnished the Apple brand

iPhone 6 Plus crooked — Photo: Playback/MKBHD

Among the controversies that Apple has already been involved in, one of the most costly has been the Bendgate case. The term refers to a problem in the structure of the iPhone 6 Plus, in 2014, which began to fold in consumers’ pockets. The flaw was in the size of the phone, which had a 5.5-inch screen, but due to the design and lack of a chassis to withstand external pressure, it ended up folding up in your pocket. At the time, the device’s fragility cost Apple $22 billion in market value.

3. iPhone 6 has become the best-selling mobile phone in history

iPhone 6 Plus — Photo: TechTudo

Despite the trauma and damage suffered by the iPhone 6 Plus, the traditional model – launched that same year – has had its moments of glory. In the first 24 hours of pre-sales, both the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 sold more than 4 million units. The simplest version of the device didn’t stop there: it became the best-selling smartphone in history, totaling more than 220 million units sold worldwide. Only when the ranking is extended to the simplest cell phones does the apple drop by two positions, losing the podium to Nokia.

4. The mini version is not very successful

iPhone 12 Mini — Photo: Disclosure/Apple

By launching the iPhone 12 in 2020, the Cupertino giant has decided to whet the nostalgia of its customers and also announce a Mini version of the new smartphone. While it touched the nostalgic hearts of smaller iPhone models, the release wasn’t liked as much as the company had hoped. After the sales fiasco, Apple cut production of the iPhone 12 Mini by 70% for the year and dropped the Mini on the iPhone 14.

5. It took a while to get a big screen

One of the major innovations in Apple’s mobile phone models has been the rise of the touchscreen. In 2014, when it launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, the manufacturer thrilled its consumers with the giant (for the time) iPhone 6 Plus. The device was the first from the brand to be equipped with a by 5.5 inch. Despite being considered small by today’s standards, the mobile phone has been dubbed a “phablet”, which is a mix of mobile (phone) and tablet, due to the size of the display.

6. The first commercial aired during the Oscars

The first image of the original iPhone was presented during the Oscars ceremony – Photo: Playback/YouTube

Steve Jobs has always liked impactful revenue and it was no different when he launched the marketing campaign for the first iPhone. The seed of curiosity about the telephone was planted during the most important ceremony in world cinema. The first iPhone commercial was broadcast during the Oscars in February 2007. The video was about 30 seconds long and only showed movie scenes where the actors answer the phone saying “hello” and ended with the smartphone image, without further details.

The iPhone 14 remains with a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone 14 Plus gets a larger 6.7-inch screen – Photo: Apple/Playback

Anyone who is a fan of Apple products must have noticed that all commercials and official images show the same time on the screen: 9:41am. There’s a meaning behind it: Steve Jobs began his presentation of the first iPhone on January 9, 2000 at 9:41 am. “Every now and then a revolutionary product arrives that changes everything” was the first sentence he uttered during the Macworld fair, which brought together analysts, enthusiasts and journalists in San Francisco, in the United States.

8. iPhone SE is the only one released in March

iPhone SE has a 4-inch screen — Photo: Thássius Veloso/TechTudo

There is also a curiosity about the choice of the iPhone launch date. The device is usually announced in September, but that wasn’t always the case. When Jobs was alive, he preferred to launch devices mid-year, in June. When he took over in 2011, the current CEO, Tim Cook, changed the launch to September because he believed that being close to the year-end holidays would lead to better sales. Only the iPhone SE is announced in March because it’s a cheaper version.

9. The first system was called iPhoneOS

Original iPhone or iPhone 2G (Photo: Disclosure/Apple) — Photo: TechTudo

Anyone who thinks that iOS has always been part of the iPhone is wrong. Initially the system name was iPhoneOS. It only switched to iOS in 2010 when Apple announced the iPad. With annual updates, the system is reaching version 17 this year and rumors suggest that it will be possible to download applications from sources outside the App Store, which would be unprecedented for the company.

With information from MAGNET And The limit

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