What makes Apple’s iPhone an iconic smartphone? Everyone already knows how influential the iPhone has become in the past decade. Now on its 13th anniversary, it’s interesting to recap its evolution from the iPhone in 2007 to the latest iPhone 12 Pro Max 2020. From the drastic changes in its unique features to the brilliant design innovations each year, here’s how the iPhone has transformed.

iPhone 2007: First of Its Kind

Steve Jobs and the first iPhone.

As the first introduction of the iPhone to the public, Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented it as a combination of three devices – a mobile phone, a touch screen iPod, and a convenient mobile browser. Back in 2007, this device was phenomenal for bringing in multi-touch features to the mobile device landscape. Critics doubted its success because of the price, but it was only the start of the Apple iPhone’s meteoric rise.

iPhone 12 Pro Max 2020: The Latest Innovator

As one of Apple’s new releases, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a much-awaited version that highlights the convenience of 5G connectivity. It also features an impressive display and performance set to be available to the public on October 23, 2020. Apple’s A14 processor powers its state-of-the-art features for a more powerful experience. Moreover, it’s said to be the biggest camera game-changer of all time.

What are its greatest improvements from the first iPhone? Let’s check these out:

Price, Storage, and Availability

The iPhone 2007 was sold for $499 with 4GB storage capacity, while it was $599 for the 8GB version. During this time, it was considered expensive compared to its competitors in the marketplace. It’s now no longer sold, but users appreciated its fresh concepts back then. As for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, there’s now a range of storage options including 128 GB for $1,099, 256 GB for $1,199, and 512GB for $1,399. The vast difference in price can be attributed to how much the features have improved.


iPhone 12 Pro Max design.

Starting from one solid color of black for the iPhone 2007, the 12 Pro Max now comes in silver, gold, graphite, and pacific blue to choose from. Comparing the 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46-inch specs of the weighty and plastic back material of the iPhone, the latest 12 Pro Max now boasts a flat-edge aesthetic with Ceramic Shield material and dimensions of 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches. The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s design caters to smartphone users’ modern needs through its sleek form.


TFT 3.5-inch display with a 3:2 ratio on the iPhone 2007.

The iPhone’s brilliance started with a 3.5-inch display that has now evolved into 6.7-inch for maximum user access. The 2007 version only had a TFT display before, but now users will be amazed at the Super Retina XDR OLED with a feature that allows you to see true color tones on your phone. Crystal clear changes are not hard to notice from 320 x 480 pixels with a 3:2 ratio on the original, the iPhone 12 Pro Max now features 1284 x 2778 pixels with a 19:5:9 ratio. The display evolution of Apple has been a massive leap to the present high-quality graphics for everyone.

Camera Features

The iPhone12 Pro Max has a Dolby Vision feature that can handle 4K at 60 FPS. Image credit: theverge.com

Can you imagine using the iPhone 2007’s 2-megapixel camera today? With no video or selfie camera? The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest hardware improvement this year by bringing in Smart HDR 3 which allows you to identify people’s faces even in low light. For its video power, the 12 Pro Max has a Dolby Vision feature that can handle 4K at 60 FPS while maintaining superior color-depth. It can also be customized in versions of wide, optical zoom, and ultra-wide. Furthermore, it has a Quad-LED Dual-Tone Flash and HDR for panoramic images. It’s one of the great smartphones with DSLR-like capabilities and has come a long way from its first model.


While the iPhone 2007 was the pioneer of 3G at that time, Apple didn’t stop innovating its connectivity advancements. For the iPhone 12 Pro Max, they have finally rolled out 5G coverage that allows users to access the fastest data speeds. Its 5G feature has a Smart Data Mode to help you conserve battery and customize your data usage depending on the need of your device. 


The first iPhone’s humble beginning included iOS 3.1.3, with a CPU capacity of only 412 MHz ARM 11. It was first set apart due to its Safari browser, sleek interface, and touch screen excellence. Now, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has delivered much more after 13 years with its iOS 14, Apple A14 Bionic chipset, and Hexa-core CPU. It’s highly impressive to use for the latest mobile games given its sharp, lightning speed responsiveness and high refresh rate. Overall, it’s truly great to see how much Apple’s iPhone technology has improved over time and what more it can deliver in the future.

Battery Life and Charging

The first iPhone wasn’t bad for introducing an 8-hour talk time, 24-hour music playback, 6 hours of internet usage, and 10-hour standby time. The charging time was also estimated to take three hours. In contrast, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has made it more convenient for users to conserve battery even while using their 4G or 5G data. It’s said to achieve 50% battery power in just 30 minutes with the fast-charging feature. However, you might have heard by now that Apple has decided not to include the charging brick and wired headphones upon purchase for environmental reasons. Users can purchase the 20-watt USB-C adapter to enjoy the device power-up to full effect. The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s battery life is excellent, more powerful than its predecessor iPhone 11.

What’s next?

Apple is surely the king of innovation in smartphones by introducing the iPhone to the public 13 years ago. The company has managed to outdo every model one after another to impress its users with innovative features, making it one-of-a-kind. In this comparison, we saw how the first iPhone in 2007 began and how it transformed into the iPhone 12 Pro Max. We’re sure about one thing; there’s nothing more exciting than thinking about what’s in store for the next few years.