YouTuber Compares Original 2007 iPhone to New iPhone 11 Pro

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Popular YouTuber MKBHD today shared a video that compares Apple's original iPhone released in 2007 with the new 2019 iPhone 11 Pro, which was released 12 years later.

The video goes over details like camera quality, design, feature set, and more, offering an interesting look at just how much the iPhone has changed over the course of the last decade.


There are no surprises here given the impressive number of technology updates that have been implemented over the years, but it's still a fun look back at how different things were in 2007.

Compared to the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro, the 3.5-inch original iPhone almost looks like a toy because of its small size, though there are undoubtedly some iPhone fans who miss the tiny screen and the ability to easily use a device one-handed.

Some of the biggest iPhone upgrades have come in the form of camera improvements. The single-lens 2-megapixel camera available in 2007 was decent back in the day and can still put out web cam-quality photos, but today we have 12-megapixel triple-lens cameras with features like Portrait Mode and Night Mode that can rival some DSLRs.

As MKBHD points out, the comparison between the original iPhone and the iPhone 11 Pro is also interesting because it leaves us imagining what kind of technology changes we might be seeing in another 12 years. It's impossible to see that far ahead, but folding technology, super fast 5G connection speeds, and more could be coming in the not too distant future.

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BootsWalking

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As MKBHD points out, the comparison between the original iPhone and the iPhone 11 Pro is also interesting because it leaves us imagining what kind of technology changes we might be seeing in another 12 years.

Not really when you consider phones and technology haven't changed much in the last 5-6 years. The biggest advances over the past 12 years were front-loaded in the early years of the period.
 

Tech198

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"vs" ?
I think its wrong for even a comparison, as scale its too large, it doesn't even compare. However for the fact of seeing how good the big brother is, it falls rather short in the other direction.
 
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Tech198

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To me, the original iPhone doesn’t look like a toy—the iPhone 11 Pro looks ridiculously gargantuan. But both views come from a purely subjective frame of reference.
IF you go on 'features only' on the other hand, the original iPhone is actually better.. with what all he location, and senor gadgets nowadays. on the newer phone

With all the new things to "help" us,just leaves open for more bus to fix... So working backwards, it's not really a time saver, because it doesn't work if it's broke.

May as well not have it in the first place.
 
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Jarbo

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What I wouldn't give to have a phone in the original form factor.

I still have a 1G iPhone and I pick it up from time to time. All I can say is that when it's in my hand it feels perfect.

My 11 by contrast feels clunky and ham handed. Pointlessly and purposelessly thin.

I'd gladly give up the Games and Apps that really need a larger screen to have better tech in the original case.
 

djgamble

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Amazing all the gadgets the iPhone replaces.
Oooh yeah!!!! I remember packing my bags for Japan a few years before it was released and feeling like a tech wizard because I bought a MBP, a bluetooth GPS, an app with vector maps (to mark my travels + stay safe during hikes), a Japanese phone of the day (pre 'smartphone' days but they did e-mail, web browsing, digital TV...etc) and a couple of decent cameras (Nikon DSLR and a semi-pro Ricoh GR).

All this went into my kitted out day pack. I'd have a ball geocaching, mapping journeys, mapping free WiFi spots...etc.

I still use a lot of that gear separately but most of the time my iPhone 6 gets the job done (and it's getting on now).
 

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I remember I had one of these and I would take the park and ride bus from downtown Houston to the parking lot. This one guy got on the bus and asked to borrow my phone to make a call and I pulled it out and gave it to him to use. He grabbed it, took one look at it and gave it back to me. I had to make the phone call for him. Anyways, the biggest thing? EDGE was slooooooooooooooooow.
 

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Folding phones are never going to be a thing
I think they will become much better in 10 years - look at the 2007 iPhone. A lot of people were not sure the iPhone would take off, Nokia or even Microsoft may have come out with a smartphone that blew the iPhone out of the water (😄), anything could have happened. Who would have thought Microsoft could shake up the game console industry. It was very hard to pick at the time. I think there is as much uncertainty over folding smartphones today as there was in 2007 about the iPhone.
 

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I want to see the version of the video that compares the iPhone 6s from 4 years ago to the 11 Pro and see just how much the iPhone has changed since 2015 (and factor in the price)
 

RVijay007

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The original iPhone, or in language used these days, the “boomer” iPhone. God I miss it...
 

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Youtubers do this every time a new flagship iPhone comes out. In 12 years I think smartphones will have plateaued and people won’t be that excited anymore. You may really enjoy your new refrigerator for a few weeks but after that you won’t think of it. By then there’ll be a new tech category that people will follow—maybe AR/VR or the best electric self driving sports car.
 
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As MKBHD points out, the comparison between the original iPhone and the iPhone 11 Pro is also interesting because it leaves us imagining what kind of technology changes we might be seeing in another 12 years.

Not really when you consider phones and technology haven't changed much in the last 5-6 years. The biggest advances over the past 12 years were front-loaded in the early years of the period.
faceID
In-display fingerprint sensors
In-display front facing cameras
Neural engines in processors
Edge to edge displays
Stacked motherboards
5g
Ultrawide band
Sonar sensors
Squeeze sensors
Reverse wireless charging
90/120 hz displays on mobile
Time of flight sensors in cameras
Folding display phones
Etc.

All within the last quarter of your 12 year period. I’m sorry that you have a high bar for what counts as “innovation,” but the rest of us are happy to see companies continue to innovate