iPhone release timeline infographic: iPhone 5 absent

By Peter Chubb - Jun 30, 2011

You may remember an article that we wrote earlier today looking at the first anniversary of the iPhone 4, which as you know is still the current version. However, did you know that Apple’s entry into the smartphone market is now four years old? What looks to be a little like a family tree we have come across this iPhone release timeline infographic, but it seems a little bare, as the iPhone 5 is not yet on there.

When the handset was first released experts in the field had said that Apple’s first phone would do ok, but would not be that successful. Well, talk about prove them wrong in a big way. I was one of those who did not give the phone a chance, but maybe because I was never an Apple fan. However, all that changed in 2009 when the 3GS came out and I never looked back. Now with an iPhone 4, Mac Mini, MacBook Air, iPad and a Time Machine you can see what affect the phone had on me.

On paper the phone did not have the makings of a great phone for a number of reasons. First was how the handset was locked, then it was the choice of carrier, and third was its price. You really have to give Apple credit for overcoming all this and now have the best selling handset.

Love it or hate it the iPhone transformed the smartphone market, something that cannot be said for any Android phones. We really do not want to pick sides here, as we are the first to say that the iPhone is not without it faults, but all superheroes have their flaws.

The Infographic from Mashable is a salute to the iPhone’s 4th anniversary, and we really are impressed by what we saw. As you would imagine the first entry on the release timeline is the iPhone itself on July 29, 2007. It would take a further 5 months to make it to the UK. The next most important step was with the App Store, we can see that in just three days there were 800 apps on there and more than 10,000,000 app downloads.

Less than one year later that figure was at 35,000 available apps and 1,000,000,000 app downloads. Now when you look at the last entry you would have expected the iPhone 5 to be there by now, but it is absent for now. Let us hope that come September it will.

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