Apple has been around since 1984, but in many ways, the company didn’t truly hit its stride until the 2000’s. In 2001 they released the iPod and more or less revolutionised the way we buy and enjoy music. In 2007 they released the iPhone, and again they completely changed the way we used phones. Apple’s efforts were highly influential in the adoption of these new ideas. It wasn’t just the technology though. No, it was the style. Style was what sold their products, and style was what made their brand more popular than the competition. There were smartphones and MP3 players before Apple’s products, but none of them managed to do it with the same sort of flair.

  • Apple's innovative products, such as the iPod and iPhone, have revolutionized the way we buy and enjoy music, and how we use phones.
  • The iPhone has gone through numerous technological advancements and design changes since its debut in 2007, from the original iPhone to the latest iPhone 13.
  • Designer Pierre Cerveau imagined what an Apple phone from the 1980s would look like, inspired by the Macintosh 512k computer. 

1980s iphone

What if Apple made phones back in the 1980’s though? Would they have the same sort of flair back then? Well… Take a look. A designed named Pierre Cerveau has presented his own vision of what a 1984 era Apple would create. Inspired by the Macintosh 512k computer, it’s very, very, very beige. If there were ever a phone more in need of accessories, it’d have to be that one. Although, considering that this is a 1980’s inspired phone, perhaps it deserves 1980’s style accessories. Neon as far as the eye can see. A custom pink tiger print velour fabric iPhone pouch. Promotional phone stands that looks exactly like something out of Scarface’s mansion. Or an iPhone music speaker meant for blasting out the very best of 1980s era Glam Metal.

Maybe we should consider ourselves lucky we didn’t get a 1980’s iPhone.

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A Journey Through Time

The iPhone, Apple's groundbreaking smartphone, has come a long way since its debut in 2007. From the original iPhone to the latest iPhone 13, this iconic device has gone through numerous technological advancements and design changes. Let's take a stroll down memory lane and explore the evolution of iPhones.

2007: The Original iPhone

The first iPhone, introduced by Steve Jobs, was a game-changer in the world of mobile phones. It combined a touchscreen iPod, a phone, and an internet communication device into one sleek package. With a 3.5-inch display, 2-megapixel camera, and iOS 1.0, the original iPhone set the stage for the smartphone revolution.

2008: iPhone 3G

The iPhone 3G brought significant improvements to its predecessor, including 3G network support and GPS capabilities. It also introduced the App Store, which allowed users to download apps and games directly onto their devices, further expanding the iPhone's functionality.

2009: iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS was faster and more powerful than the previous models, with improved performance and a 3-megapixel camera capable of video recording. It also introduced Voice Control, a precursor to Siri, and the "Find My iPhone" feature that helped users locate their lost devices.

2010: iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 marked a significant design change, featuring a stainless steel frame and glass back. It introduced the Retina display, which greatly improved screen resolution and image quality. The iPhone 4 also came with a front-facing camera, enabling FaceTime video calls, and a 5-megapixel rear camera.

2011: iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S introduced Siri, Apple's voice-activated personal assistant, which made it easier for users to interact with their devices using voice commands. It also featured an improved 8-megapixel camera and a faster processor.

2012: iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 boasted a taller screen, a new aluminum design, and the introduction of the Lightning connector. It also featured 4G LTE support for faster internet browsing and an improved 8-megapixel camera with better low-light performance.

2013: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5S introduced the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, providing a secure and convenient way to unlock the device. It also featured a 64-bit A7 processor, making it faster and more efficient. The iPhone 5C was a more affordable option, with a colorful plastic casing and similar specifications to the iPhone 5.

2014: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

These models marked a significant shift in design, featuring larger screens (4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus) and a thinner, curved design. They also introduced Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that allowed users to make purchases using their iPhones.

2015: iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus introduced 3D Touch, a pressure-sensitive display technology that enabled new ways of interacting with the device. These models also featured an improved 12-megapixel camera and a faster A9 processor.

2016: iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone SE was a compact, lower-cost option with a 4-inch display and similar specifications to the iPhone 6S. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus introduced water resistance, a dual-lens camera system on the 7 Plus, and the removal of the traditional headphone jack.

2017: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus featured a glass back, allowing for wireless charging. The iPhone X marked the introduction of Face ID, a facial recognition system that replaced Touch ID, and a new edge-to-edge OLED display with a distinctive notch design.

2018: iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

These models expanded on the iPhone X design, with the more affordable iPhone XR featuring an LCD display and a single-lens camera. The iPhone XS and XS Max featured OLED displays, improved cameras, and faster A12 processors.

2019: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11 lineup introduced a new dual-camera system on the iPhone 11 and a triple-camera system on the Pro models, with improved low-light performance and additional features like Night Mode. The devices also featured the A13 Bionic processor for improved performance and efficiency.

2020: iPhone SE (2nd Generation), iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The second-generation iPhone SE was a budget-friendly option with the same processor as the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 lineup introduced 5G support, a new flat-edged design, MagSafe accessories, and Ceramic Shield front cover for improved durability. The Pro models featured LiDAR scanners for enhanced augmented reality experiences.

2021: iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 series brought improvements in battery life, processing power with the A15 Bionic chip, and camera capabilities, including Cinematic Mode for professional-quality video recording. The Pro models also received a 120Hz ProMotion display for smoother scrolling and improved graphics.


Apple has played a pivotal role in shaping the modern tech landscape with its innovative and stylish products, such as the iPod and iPhone. Throughout the years, the company has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation and design, adapting to the ever-changing needs and preferences of its users. The evolution of the iPhone and the imaginative concept of an 80s Apple phone highlight the company's commitment to delivering groundbreaking technology and captivating style – a legacy that continues to this day.


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