History of the iPhone 3G 16GB
Three days after Apple released the iPhone 3G in July 2008, more than 1 million customers signed new contracts to own the new device that was "twice the speed, half the price" of the first generation that been released only a year earlier. The iPhone 3G also inspired a wave of third-party software developers to begin creating mobile apps that allowed users to customize their phones. Devotees were so excited to begin experimenting with the new apps that more than 1 billion downloads were recorded in less than one year.
The iPhone 3G 16GB was featured as Apple's high-end model for one year, until it was replaced by the new iPhone 3GS. Although it was discontinued in 2010 with the release of the device's fourth generation, the iPhone 3G remains popular throughout much of the world.
iPhone 3G 16GB Features
Featuring a slightly larger, rounded-edge plastic shell, in either black or white, and new metal buttons, the 3G 16GB model came equipped with a multitouch 3.5-inch glass display that changed orientation. It also included a minimal 2MP camera that did not support modern functions such as flash, zoom, autofocus and video recording.
Despite its minor cosmetic changes, consumers were eager to get their hands on the new generation iPhone because of its updated operating system, the iOS 2.0, which delivered 3G networking capabilities alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology and GPS assistance. In addition to fixing many bugs in the first generation iPhone, the system also supported push-email, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Apple's Mobile Me service and Enterprise Support for business professionals.
Subsequent improvements were made to the iPhone 3G 8GB through software upgrades released by Apple in 2009 and 2010. These included copy and paste functions, YouTube features, Bluetooth stereo support and a multimedia messaging system.Sell a Different iPhone >>