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Apple’s iPhone Turns 10 | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Jeddah- On this date, 10 years ago, Apple Inc. held its hopes on a small phone as it launched it in the markets, selling more than one billion units around the world and becoming the world’s largest market value.

The phone has changed many of the concepts of technology, and simplified it to become comfortably used by everyone.

We will review what the iPhone has changed through the last 10 years and its future in the next 10 years.

Impressive Achievements

Iphone has been promoting innovative designs for smartphones since its launch to date. Although the phone has been a major reason for surfing the Internet while moving because of facilitating and simplifying the process of Internet connection and browsing sites, yet launching the application store in summer 2008 was the main reason behind people’s interests in using smart phones and moving somehow away from their laptops since the store provided a wide range of useful applications that develop the experience of their according to their desire and need.

Today, there is more than two million applications in the digital store, with the launch of a whole sector of software spread through the store.

The phone made it easy to take pictures, record videos and share them with others, and broadcast live through many services, but this has increased concerns about users’ privacy by storing their photos and recordings on the phone or through cloud storage services since many celebrity accounts have been hacked and their personal photos were published over the past years.

Apple has sold over one billion iPhones since the product first launched on June 29, 2007, as well as millions of iPads and Apple Watches—other mobile devices born out of the smartphone’s success. But there was a time when the iPhone was a singularly unique experience, when people camped out outside Apple stores to pick one up, when even holding one would illicit envy in all those nearby.

The Future of Iphone

The company is expected to unveil a new version of iPhone on the occasion of its 10th anniversary in September 2017 as well as an improved version of the iPhone 7. But what is the future of iPhone? Where will it be 10 years from now?

Apple is expected to further develop and simplify the usage and communication experience, regardless of the shape and design of the phone and whether the user will interact with a glass, audio screen or through special glasses.

It is enough to take a look at your phone’s current settings menu to see how many options are associated with many areas, such as user account settings for storage services, watching webcasts and social networks, privacy settings, connectivity with devices, peripherals, fingerprints, applications, storage, and more.