Other The most cutting edge iPhone of its time?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ralfi, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    Which iPhone do you think was the most advanced at it's time of release, so much so that it could have been released a year later & still be highly regarded, spec-wise?

    For me it's clear, the X is that phone. Apple themselves said it was the blueprint for their next era of smartphones & they didn't hold back when it came to design, build, grunt & features, none of which would be considered outdated a year on.

    I haven't owned every model though, so I may have missed other examples of comparably specced iPhones, advanced for their time?
  2. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
  3. jinnyman macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2011
    Lincolnshire, IL
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I would suspect many would say the X, but for me, I always like the ‘Plus size’ phones, so I would have to say the iPhone 6 when it was offered in the 5.5 size. Just my own preference.
  5. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    iPhone 4: retina display, exceptional build quality and design
    iPhone 5: 1GB RAM, LTE, lightning
    iPhone 5S: 64bit, touch ID
    iPhone 6S: 2GB of RAM, the beast A9, Touch ID 2 that became the golden standard of fingerprint reader
    iPhone X: Face ID, notched design, A11 with custom GPU, OLED
  6. JPack macrumors 601


    Mar 27, 2017
    iPhone 6 because of the form factor, biometrics, and Apple Pay. Before this, reliable biometrics wasn't widely adopted in the smartphone industry.

    The iPhone X TrueDepth system with its dot projector and infrared camera have already been duplicated on the Android side of things. The Oppo Find X will unlock upside down and has a higher screen to body ratio.
  7. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    The only cutting edge on the 1st iPhone is iOS (iPhone OS). The hardware itself is quite sad once you go back (no 3G, no video recording, no front facing camera).
    The 3GS is cutting edge over the 3G (adding performance and video recording), but its feature set is not necessarily "cutting edge" on the market. Of course, iOS helped a lot for making technology feel more cutting edge over the competitors.
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    But the 6 is severely outclassed just a year later. Its 1GB RAM really held it back a lot. The 6 Plus even had stutters on its release date. The A8's GPU is not enough, which led Apple to beef up the A9 GPU by a ton. The iPhone 6/6Plus was the iPad 3 of iPhones.
  8. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2004
    4! it just look beautiful. It was jobs at his best design mimicing classic laica cameras. And at the time, no phone look like it, and even now it is still unique.
  9. DJ_Smith macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2018
    iPhone 5C
    -Not cutting edge but it was last plastic iPhone Apple made.
  10. Ralfi thread starter macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    Ok so, nothing to do with topic :confused:
  11. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012

    Cutting edge .. probably from the 3GS to the 4s with Siri. That time period Apple was on fire. I don’t get people saying the X, even the 6 with biometrics as someone else said was more cutting edge than the X.
  12. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    You have your opinion and we have ours.
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  14. wepiii macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2012
    The answer is absolutely the original iPhone. No other phone before it with the same screen size. 3.5 inches was huge at the time, and additionally it was the first phone with multi touch input. Add that to iOS, and the experience compared to any phone before it, was truly cutting edge. Using the original iPhone for the first time was like living in the future. Even with all the advancements that have come, nothing has been as game changing than the first iPhone compared to the competition that existed at the time.
  15. trifid macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2011
    4, first retina smartphone, I remember after looking at it I couldn't go back to 3GS because of how pixelated it looked in comparison.
  16. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    Probably the 4, as much as I can’t stand the aesthetics (I know, I know, I’m in the minority here)

    Retina display, front camera, FaceTime, flash on the rear camera, etc. It was a pretty big leap hardware-wise.

    Close second would be the 3GS. Thing was an absolute TANK and it was the first iPhone that felt “fast”.
  17. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    1st place: tie between 4S with Siri and the X with Face ID. The first time I used both give me the Sci-Fi chills. I didn't have an X but I now have an XS Max and Face ID has blown me away.
    2nd place: Original Iphone. For changing the industry.
    3rd place: 5S for not just a futuristic design, but its introduction of Touch ID which was industry leading and still the best in the biz.

    This years phones aren't bad at all. They are really good, but the price is making us all look at them with far more scrutiny. And rightly so. I got a Max, but it's ridiculously over priced. I just really wanted the biggest screen possible.
  18. PeytonT123 macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2018
    The 4...the retina display was a HUGE jump from the previous displays, and super impressive seeing it for the first time. The design was also fresh and sleek
  19. trifid macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2011
    Not a huge fan of 4 boxy aesthetics either, I liked the curvy ergonomic 3gs more.
  20. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    iPhone 4.

    I can’t think of another iPhone that has had the same level of impact or wow factor.
  21. ACG12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2015
    I’m going to have to agree with folks who said the original iPhone. That thing changed the game and it truly wowed me back in 2007 when I purchased it. My iPhone 4 was definitely a close 2nd.

    iPhones haven’t wowed me since (and probably why I haven’t upgraded from a 7).
  22. mreg376 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Absolutely agree! If there was ever an iPhone that was at the cutting edge of technology at the time, 3G or not, it was the original iPhone. Now Apple must struggle to stay barely ahead of the competition, which it does, and remains on the cutting edge, but the difference between the iPhone and all of its competition was never wider than with the release of the original iPhone.
  23. Raist3001 macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2012
    Right behind you
    My first thought was of the iPhone 4. That was truly impressive and contained all of the magic of an apple release.
    My second thought is of the X. And In my opinion, the X is the best iPhone I have ever owned and used. To this day, one year later, I still stare at my display and find the magic in OLED and what apple accomplished in this display.
  24. Lyn2012 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    I would agree that the most game changing was the original iPhone, although my first one was the 3GS. I didn’t (and still don’t) like the industrial look of the 4/4S, but loved the lightness and larger screen of the 5. Since then I’ve mainly gone for large screens and enjoyed my 6S Plus. The 8 is a lovely compact phone but rather heavy due to the glass back. Now I have the Xs Max which is fantastic, although of course there are aspects I would have liked done differently e.g. staying with 16:9 screen ratio and LCD, but the far smaller bezels, Face ID & gestures (excluding Reachability & Control Centre) are easy and flow naturally.

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