iPhone 3G

First Generation certainly did a pretty good in numbers. Further realizing the success and the potential of iPhone. The company introduced  the iPhone 3G on June 9, 2008  at the WWDC 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, United States. This time the company wanted to give better user experience at low budget.

Just one year after launching the iPhone, we’re launching the new iPhone 3G that is twice as fast at half the price.

      -Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO


From a quick look at the front of both models side-by-side it would be unlikely that the casual observer would notice a difference — each have an identical 3.5″ display with 320×480 resolution at 163 ppi (although the specific display parts are different) — the 3G model does have a slightly wider black frame around the screen.

Flip the devices around, however, and one would immediately notice that the original iPhone and iPhone 3G are quite different, as the original model uses aluminum and the 3G model is offered in either black or white plastic. Both the original and 3G models have a 2.0 megapixel digital camera.


At launch in July 2008, the iPhone 3G came preloaded with iPhone OS 2.0. This introduced the App Store, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support, Apple’s MobileMe service, and push email support, along with other new features and bug fixes.

In June 2009, iPhone 3G users received the iPhone OS 3.0 software update, which introduced the long-awaited MMS feature, copy and paste, landscape support for more applications, Bluetooth stereo support, and other improvements.

In June 2010, Apple released the iOS 4.0 software update. Unlike its successor models, the iPhone 3G does not support important features of iOS 4.0 such as multitasking, the ability to set a home screen wallpaper, or Bluetooth keyboard support. However, it does provide access to a unified mailbox feature, homescreen folders to better organize apps, playlist creation, and other enhancements. This update was widely criticized for slow performance on iPhone 3G, though September 2010’s iOS 4.1 release improved this problem.

The last release of iOS to support the 3G model is 4.2.1, released on November 22, 2010.

Overall,  iPhone 3g supported  Samsung 32-bit RISC ARM11 620 MHz processor (underclocked to 412 MHz), a PowerVR MBX Lite 3D GPU, and 128 MB of package on package (PoP) DRAM. It featured fixed-focus 2.0 megapixel camera of its predecessor.

A recent update in operating system now allows supports the geotagging of photographs.


Release date July 2008
Form factor Bar
Dimensions (mm) 115.50 x 62.10 x 12.30
Removable battery No
Colours Black, White
SAR value NA


Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 320×480 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 165


Processor 412MHz
Internal storage 8GB


Rear camera 2-megapixel
Flash No
Front camera Yes


Operating System iOS


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported NA
Bluetooth Yes, v 2.00
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
SIM Type Regular
3G Yes
4G/ LTE No


Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor No
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

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