The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are releasing today in South Africa, so we thought but we need to go back and take a look at how it all began, with the original iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G was my first ever iPhone, I remember my dad got if for me and I paid him back every month, it was awesome and it only cost R6999.00. It had no wallpaper, it was running iPhone OS 2.0, and it ran on 3G/HSDPA.



The device shipped in 2 sizes, an 8GB and 16GB. The 16GB was the only model that shipped in a white model. It hit retailers on 11 July 2008, and was discontinued on 7 June 2010.

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The iPhone 3G featured a plastic polycarbonate housing at the back of it that was prone to scratches. This replaced the original aluminium back on the original iPhone “2G”. The buttons were the same as we know them today, although the lock button was still situated at the top of the phone. The device had a 3.5-inch display, capable of a 480×320 resolution at 163 ppi.


Here is a table comparing the iPhone 3G to today’s iPhone 6S Plus

 Screen RAM Storage Camera iOS Battery  CPU
 iPhone 3G  3.5″ (320×480) 128MB 8/16GB 2MP 1600×1200 2.0 1150 mAh 620 MHz
 iPhone 6S Plus  5.5 (1080×1920)  2GB 16/64/128GB 12MP 4032×3024  9.0  2750 mAh Dual-core 1.84 GHz

For its time, the iPhone had some rather fancy sensors. It features a proximity sensor for turning off the display when you made calls. An Ambient Light Sensor to adjust the brightness of the screen depending on the environment, and it also had a 3-axix accelerometer to pick up the orientation of the screen allowing the phone to switch between portrait and landscape.


iPhone OS

iPhone OS 2.0 brought with it the introduction of the App Store, back then we called it iPhone OS 2.0 and iOS was never heard of. iPhone OS 2.0 was free for iPhone users but iPod Touch users had to pay a premium of $9.95 to install it. This update also included Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Apple’s MobileMe service, and push email. But it was not until iPhone OS 3.0 arrived that the iPhone truly became something spectacular.

iPhone OS 3.0 brought with it MMS support, something we barely use now, copy and paste functionality, Bluetooth stereo, and landscape support for certain apps. The iPhone 3G supported all the way up to iOS 4.2.1, where already iOS 4.0 brought with it major battery drainage. Keeping in mind that even though iOS 4.0’s highlight feature was its wallpaper support, the iPhone 3G did not get this feature.


The iPhone 3G was the start of a beautiful journey with Apple. The phone set the standard for all smart phones out there, and really it, was the beginning of a revolution.