The original iPhone, now referred to as the iPhone 2G, was introduced as a 3-in-1 product – a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet communications device – and the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was right in proclaiming it to reinvent the smartphone experience as we know it – dumping the physical keyboard and stylus in favor of a multi-touch display with a user interface that can be controlled with fingers. And despite being somewhat flawed and lacking some features, add the pricing that’s too high at the time, everyone seem to not care but just wanted to take part in the iPhone revolution. But it wasn’t just the phone that the iPhone is reinventing – the handheld device was too convincing that it can do most of our day-to-day tasks, including photography, that leaving the DSLR and digital camera at home was OK and of course a welcome relief for iPhone devotees.
While the camera in the iPhone 2G and 3G remained unchanged at 2 megapixel, updated later to 3 megapixels with the launch of the iPhone 3GS, it was the highly acclaimed iPhone 4 with retina display and a 5 megapixel rear camera (with a VGA camera at the front) that popularized mobile photography, making it almost part of an iPhone user’s daily routine, getting baptized with a name – iPhoneography. And with the App Store offering more and more new and exciting photo and video apps, that made it easy and fun to edit a snapshot with filters, giving it a different, more visually appealing look – what will take you half an hour or so to edit in Photoshop, will only take a minute or two to do with an iPhone, amazing!
The iPhone 4S made a strong case for iPhoneography to be taken seriously – with an awesome 8 megapixel camera – most uploaded photos (in popular photo-sharing networks) were snapped with either an iPhone 4 and 4S, so enough said. Add to the list the up-sized iPhone 5. And come September 10, we’ll see if the list will continue to grow and iPhone-dominated with the rumored iPhone 5S and 5C.
Featured image of Marinduque sunset snapped (unedited) with an iPhone 5.