Other What was the biggest technological leap in the history of iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tonybarnaby, May 25, 2018.

  1. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

    Dec 3, 2017
    What would you guys consider to be the biggest jump from one iPhone to the next? The iPhone 7/7+ to the X has to be up there, but is that the biggest jump? This is my first iPhone, so I don’t know if the 3-4 or 6-7 was a bigger leap, for example.

    I’d assume the X has to be the biggest leap, since lcd to amoled is huge.
  2. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    iPod > iPhone 2G

    Since than we get incremental upgrades. That’s part of the game to milk the cow.

    You can say with a new design and increased display size that there’s a bigger upgrade.

    But the design of 6-8 for 4 years in a row is really boring
  3. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I'd say going from 3.5" to 4" with the increase to 326ppi (Retina).
  4. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    But there were 2 generations in between.
  5. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    External design, leaving out some big internal changes...
  6. heov macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2002
    nothing to iphone is biggest.

    iphone 3gs to 4 to 4s in 2 steps was large (retina, imessage, speed, camera, etc.)

    then 7 to X.

    X, although substantial, was mostly substantial for iPhone users. Notches, OLED, almost edge to edge was not new to the market as a whole, which is how I'm judging.

    I bet more got on the iPhone wagon when 4/4s was introduced than when X (relatively, of course)
  7. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    Retina display seems most notable to me, so 3GS to 4.

    Other than being faster, there is absolutely no observable difference to me between my 8 and my 6. I even have it in the same case.
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010

    For those who didn't like security being on, it made security easy enough to turn on.

    For those who were already security-minded, it made security easier.

    For someone like me who unlocks my phone probably a hundred times a day, not having to do the PIN every time was a really game changer. And most importantly, it worked extremely well.

    It's also an important part of making Apple Pay so easy and fast.

    And it's getting better and better as more and more apps make use of it.

    Also I remember when it first came out, how soooooo many people hated it and complained endlessly about it. My favorite were the predictions that phone thieves would chop off your fingers when they stole your phone. HAHAHAHAHA. I bet every single one of them now uses it and loves it.
  9. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    2009 seems to have been a big year for iPhone.

    May 2009, iPhone gets the ability to copy and paste.

    September 2009, iPhone gets what was then a 5 year old technology, the ability to send MMS on AT&T. Previously it had been available on iPhones outside the US in June of 2009.

    So…yeah. Technological leaps for the iPhone in that year.
  10. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    touch ID and the concept as realized within the Secure Enclave.
    this ability to be secure yet at the same time anonymize data/transactions is the basis for most of apple'e marketing of its services.
    iCloud, apple Pay, NFC credit card transactions, security of system as a whole, etc.
  11. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    iPhone 4

    Retina display
    Glass sandwich design
    First in-house A4
  12. JCCL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Retina display was cool and the design was amazing. Facetime was nothing new compared to the competition, and the A4 wasn't that much of an improvement over the CPU in the 3GS, and actually slower in many case due to the extra pixels to push. 4 to 4S was the biggest jump performance wise I think.
  13. Ralfi macrumors 68020


    Dec 22, 2016
    Good question. I'm not a regular upgrader so I can't compare every model, but my chosen upgrade path may narrow it down - I'm big into tech gadgetry, but have felt no need to get every iPhone.

    Instead, I've upgraded every 3 years, on the back of being motivated by a bigger screen size (excluding Plus models) & noticing that I needed a performance boost from a sluggish device. Only my recent upgrade to the X has seen a 2 year gap from my last phone, the 6S.

    So I've gone 3GS > 5 > 6S > X.

    Of those upgrades, I'd say the 6S > X upgrade has felt most significant. The screen size in same form factor, UI & speed all add up to the most efficient use of everything in the device.

    The 5 > 6S upgrade was also huge. A bigger screen, faster processor, more RAM & much more refined IOS was a big leap imo.

    So I can't really say which one upgrade was biggest, as I haven't used every iPhone, but if I had to guess, I'd say the 7 > X.

    Lol. iPod isn't an iPhone. Topic's "from one iPhone to the next".
  14. Julienne macrumors member


    Apr 26, 2018
    My list:
    -iPhone 4: Debut of the retina display, beautiful design, looked and felt the most like a premium product (I bet it's Jony Ive's favorite model too)
    -iPhone 3G: Brought the App Store and 3G Data Speeds, in my opinion it had the best tactile feel
    -iPhone 6: Beautiful thin and curved design, first variant with size options, great camera
    -iPhone 5: First one with LTE, available on multiple carriers, slightly larger display
    -iPhone: Obviously the one that started it all, but without the app store at launch was a far cry from what the 3G would become
    -iPhone 7: I have a 7 and love it so far, but I've also loved the 3G, 4 and 5 as well. The 7 just isn't a generational improvement like the other "generational" iPhones. I will say that the Jet Black brings back that "premium" feel I got from the 3GS.
  15. ScreenSavers macrumors member


    Feb 26, 2016
    Bloomingdale, GA
  16. tonybarnaby thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 3, 2017
    It makes me wonder what the next BIG thing will be. The X has shown everyone (who hasn’t used an android phone in the last few years) what amoled is all about. Limited bezel display is here. Phones can only get up to around the 6.5” rumored X Plus size, and they can only get so fast. The camera will continue to improve, but I think smartphones have begun to plateau. This isn’t a hot take, since you see it all the time. The a11 is so fast that even though the a12 will be faster, it’s not going to be a night and day difference right away. I’m wondering if 6.5” screen on the X Plus will be enough to sell it, because phones are so fast that it’s hard to really improve in a major way every single year. It would be cool if the 2018 iPhone could somehow be the biggest improvement over the previous phone, but I don’t think the technology is there.
  17. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    None for me.

    I know, there are always some "feature" that enticed you to give your money, but technological? Me think all the techs were incremental.

    If am forced to pick, when they went to the 3G. Before then, the previous iPhones just lack the power to run the software, often freezing up, people looked at those 1-2 gen iPhones as no more than toys, they kept their Blackberrys for everyday, "serious" tasks. 3G had enough power for users to take a second look.
  18. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    idk i mean iPhone X is pretty big IMO.

    No home button?

    How can that be ignored?
  19. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    I’m going to somewhat cheat and say iPhone to iPhone 3GS. Because that OG iPhone was slow, only had 2G and no GPS, etc. etc.
  20. aakshey macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2016
  21. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    For me, in my mind, the biggest tech jump is processing power related

    The biggest leaps in that regard were either the 5 to 5s or 6 to 6s

    The jump to 64 bit was huge given how ahead of the Chip game it put Apple. Apple was never ahead of the industry in terms of processing power until the A7, and since then they've always been a step or two ahead of the competition.

    The 6s brought so many improvements over the 6 that it represented one of the largest generation to generation jumps in iPhone's 10 year history. Nearly every aspect was "twice as fast" from the processing power to the LTE threshold speeds to the touch ID speed to the ram...and consider how impressive the iPhone 6 was techwise for it's time, that made the 6s even that much more impressive only one year later. Incredible how two phones could look identical but be completely different at the same time.
  22. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I will add to this:

    It’s not just about the missing home button and ‘facial recognition’ tech really isn’t all that new per se, but with Face ID, it actually uses 3-D facial mapping versus 2D facial mapping as Samsung uses with the Galaxy series. So in the sense of biometric security, I think 3-D facial mapping is fairly incredible technology that is still evolving and it has a promising future, Even though I Believe Touch ID is still very relevant technology in biometric security.
  23. flyinmac, May 26, 2018
    Last edited: May 26, 2018

    flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    Considering how many of my relatives are visually indistinguishable, I’d rather have fingerprints. This includes relatives that are so far detached that they’re not even related other than if you go back hundreds of years in genealogy.

    If it wasn’t for being different ages, numerous members of my family would be considered identical twins. As in at the same ages, they all look identical.

    Oddly, this is also true of all the lineage on my Father’s side going down the line. And my mothers side going down the line.

    Now, the smart ones among you may call B.S. because then how does that work with me??? Well, simple, I don’t carry my father’s genetics. He’s not biologically my father.

    But if you go from my children and back through me, my mother, my uncles, grandparents, and on backwards and then down forks stemming hundreds of years back... all down those forks are numerous identical matches.

    My fathers line is the same. In that looking at his kids is like looking at my father exactly when he was in his 50’s, 40’s, 30’s etc.

    How do I know when I’ve met another step brother??? When I’m standing in front of my dad and he’s suddenly gotten younger.

    These similarities match speech patterns, voices, every single detail. There is absolutely no difference other than age. On both sides of the family.

    So... if I used Face ID, all you need to get into my phone is anyone who is my gender and is genetically related somewhere down some fork in the family tree.

    You want the really odd thing... even though none of these forks have ever crossed paths, they’ve even made the same first name choices on the ones who match visually with that name in other forks.

    So how did I discover all that??? I spent the last 20 years trying to find a particular person in my fork. And ended up crossing paths with others from other forks during my search. And I was shocked to find the same names on the same faces at the same ages and nobody had any idea who anybody in the other forks was.

    So yeah, I’m not sold on using face recognition. It would take the government less than an hour to find my identical twin. That person will have my birth name and be near my age.

    For the curious... yes... one of my daughters carries the same name that was found in another fork in the right spot. This came to my attention after the fact.

    My 2nd daughter was named very carefully and went through a much more thorough and deliberate name decision. Because the name she was to be given was learned to be the younger sibling of the other name daughters name in the other fork, and had died within a year of birth. So her name was changed to avoid the trinity effect that happened in the other fork. But perhaps it wasn’t avoided, because we had a miscarriage as well. So in essence 1 of the 3 still died. And in the same “birth sequence” if the miscarriage had been born.

    So yeah... freaky genetic parallels. But anyway, yeah It seems like I recall discussions of Face ID being tricked with similarities.

    With my family’s genetics, it’s definitely going to be easy to get in.
  24. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Really I think theirs only been one for the iPhone, because everything else wasn’t really new IMO or exclusive.
    But I think it was the jump from 32bit to 64bit platforms and processors. They made the phone in theory as powerful as a computer, on a tiny tiny tiny chip. Personally I consider that to be the biggest jump.

    If we then talk about the industry, I think biometric security and the way it’s been implemented. And eink.
    The next jump however is right around the corner and is foldable displays.
  25. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It’s certainly your opinion on what you prefer, but I’m not really too concerned about the government infiltrating my iPhone trying to find some long lost twin. What Matters to me, is Apple Values my security and I believe 3D facial mapping is far more secure than to 2D facial mapping, which was my point in my previous post. When it comes to technology, I don’t think Apple is the first to release something compared to the competitors, but they are usually the ones to refine and make the technology better.

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