The 5 Most Iconic iPhone Features That Have Disappeared Over the Years

If there’s one theme that will prevail in the smartphone industry in 2019, it’s change. After a ridiculously boring year in 2017 and another pretty boring year last year until the final months of 2018, this year will see the introduction of all sorts of new smartphone form factors and features. “All screen” will finally be more than just marketing BS in 2019, as phone makers introduce innovative new solutions that allow their screens to truly reach every edge of a smartphone. Phones with foldable screens will finally start hitting the market in 2019, after years of rumors and anticipation. Fingerprint sensors are embedded under phone screens rather than under them or on the back of phones, camera technology is improving by leaps and bounds, and many other notable changes will come to new models of smartphones in 2019.

Interestingly, there’s a new line of smartphones coming in 2019 that’s rumored to lack the kind of change customers are looking for: Apple’s new line of iPhones. Rumor has it that the next iPhone 11 series will reuse Apple’s iPhone X design for a third consecutive year, marking the second time Apple has chosen to recycle the same old iPhone designs for more than two years. years. This time around, however, the decision could have a huge impact on sales, unlike the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which still sold quite well in 2016 and 2017. ‘Apple are so boring. and so expensive that Apple fans upgrade in much smaller volumes, and Apple’s earnings performance suffers.

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R (as they’ll presumably be called) are rumored to be fairly minor upgrades this year. They’ll supposedly feature smaller notches and better cameras, with a new triple-lens camera supposed to debut on the iPhone 11 Max. Other than that, they will look like the iPhone XS from last year and the iPhone X from two years ago. All this while other companies like Samsung are releasing completely redesigned flagship phones with exciting new screens.

Despite the fact that 2019 is shaping up to be another slow year for Apple in terms of design innovation, there’s no denying that the iPhone has changed significantly over the years. In fact, it’s more than a little ironic that any major change to the iPhone sends people into a frenzy, and yet they still complain so much when new iPhones debut without enough changes. In this article, we’ll go over five iconic iPhone features that Apple has changed over the years.


Until iOS 7 debuted in 2013, Apple’s skeuomorphism-based iOS user interface was perhaps the most iconic thing about the iPhone. Seen above on the left side, Apple’s old user interface was characterized by textures and patterns that mimicked real materials such as wood and leather.

When iOS 7 (seen above on the right side) debuted, Apple fans collectively lost their minds. All the familiar textures were gone, replaced by a much more minimalist interface with flat icons and vibrant colors. Of course, it didn’t take long for people to get used to the new look, and now anyone who complained back then probably can’t imagine going back to the dated look of iOS 6 and earlier. .

home button

Apple’s circular home button was a staple of all iPhone models for the phone’s first 10 years. Then, just like that, Apple won.

The home button has changed a bit over the years, but it’s always remained at the heart of the iPhone user experience. First it was needed for navigation, then from the iPhone 5s it also became the seat of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor. In 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone X with a new design that ditched the home button, but people who were hesitant to make the switch still had new options in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Since last year, however, every new iPhone model has ditched the home button.

Touch ID

It would have been much easier for some iPhone users to overcome the loss of the home button if they were still able to unlock their phone and authenticate payments with Touch ID. But alas, Apple also decided to ditch its fingerprint sensors.

The iPhone X was the first Apple smartphone since 2012 to not have a fingerprint sensor. In fact, ever since Apple first popularized fingerprint readers for smartphones, starting with the iPhone 5s, nearly every flagship phone on the planet has included a fingerprint sensor. But Apple moved to facial recognition on the iPhone X, and it’s now the only biometric security feature on Apple’s entire 2018 iPhone line as well as the most recent iPad Pro models.

30 pin connector

The scars from the loss of the iPhone home button and Touch ID are still fresh for many people, so perhaps now is a good time to remind everyone that time heals all wounds.

Have you been an iPhone user since at least 2011? Then you remember that all iPhone models, from the original all the way up to the iPhone 4S, had Apple’s trusty old 30-pin connector, just like iPods. In 2012, Apple ditched the 30-pin connector port in favor of a much smaller Lightning port, and people completely lost their minds because they were going to have to buy adapters or new accessories. Of course, a few years later, probably no one cared or remembered the 30-pin connector.

Dedicated headphone jack

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While the uproar over the iPhone’s Lightning jack died down fairly quickly, many iPhone users still haven’t gotten over Apple’s decision to ditch the dedicated headphone jack.

If you use Bluetooth headphones, you probably don’t care that Apple ditched the headphone jack a few years ago. After all, removing the 3.5mm audio port frees up space inside the iPhone for more important things, like a bigger battery. But many people are still angry because they can’t plug in ordinary old headphones without using an adapter. Even then, they also can’t connect a wired charger without buying a separate third-party splitter like this one, which has a Lightning port and a 3.5mm audio port on a single dongle.

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