the iPhone 3GS is 2 grams lighter, 2 times faster…

Apple announced the new iPhone, 8 June 2009. Appointed the beginning of his sales on June 19. “Ugh!” said inhabitants, it is no better than its predecessor, the competition better and more interesting. On the evening of June 18 after him already took place. Another failure…

The aforementioned inhabitants were wrong. Despite the same screen size, which could not to please developers locating UI elements manually in the exact coordinates it was another iPhone. Perhaps best of all. There are people who use it as a second phone to the present day.

The emergence of new “iPhone killers”, fast, frees up space for other, not amused. Tired. If anyone is still trying to kill, it means that someone can be proud. This time. And, sooner or later, someone will succeed. That’s two.

June 8, 2009 was declared the killer of the iPhone 3G, which it did. iPhone 3GS. By Apple, the “S” should be separated from the iPhone 3G with a space, and frame.

“The letter “S” means speed,” said Phil Schiller. Frame actually looked defiant. For someone mourning? Which of “S”?

Frame self-destructed on the same day. There is no such key on any of keyboards – and the model name was recorded as “iPhone 3G S”. Space is also not caught. So came the iPhone 3GS. Such is the history of the name…

This is the eighth part of a series about iPhone and the like, the previous parts are here:
First part: MacWorld Expo 2007;
The second part: Touch interface comes to iPod;
Third part: the iPhone for enterprise iPhone SDK and App Store;
The fourth part: the Leopard moved to the iPhone.
Fifth part: Next step: iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 2.0, and much more…;
Sixth part: iPhone OS 2.1, not a beta version…;
Seventh part: iPhone OS 3.0 and the reality distortion field of.

Side view

The body of the new iPhone, apparently, was exactly the same as the iPhone 3G. Same size, same curvature. Changed the color of the lettering on the back and the inscription.

Offered two options for the iPhone 3GS with 16 and 32 Gigabytes of memory, in black and white casing.

If you do not look where you do not have (Apple didn’t disclose details about its configuration, considering the device is “closed”), the difference with the iPhone 3G was amazing.

Performance increased. However, in each case to identify the culprit of this was not easy: iPhone OS 3.0 was noticeably revived the old models of iPhone and iPod touch.

the iPhone 3GS was available all the innovations of the new system: the camera I learned to shoot video, one and a half times increased its resolution (3 mega pixels), and equipped with many smart utilities. Competitors could boast of great camera resolutions on their phones – but the photos and videos captured on the iPhone 3GS was better.

The iPhone 3GS has earned the compass. I like his “ancient” interface. The compass was made “antique”, similar to the present and has caused some lively and warm feeling. This style of design is called a skeuomorph… But let’s not about sad.

I had an iPhone 3GS, at work, not working. Someone gave it to me, instead of just throw. Our program had to support this model, and he promised to revive, but… the Requirement to support iPhone 3GS was taken when the iPhone 5 came out and I found this phone in a drawer only a few years. Someone was sent.

However, in the hand this phone sat like a glove, cozier and more comfortable than any other iPhone, not to mention the rest. It was great during the bitter war between the fans of the skeuomorph (Forstall) and its opponents (Ive). Every product was a masterpiece.

The model IDs

As the model ID of the first iPhone, in the press, called “iphone”. And the operating system is not called. Apparently, in order not to jinx it. He could not work, not to go.

In later sources, the system is called iPhone OS 1.0 (developers, grinning, saying that she was called not so secret but do not reveal), and the model ID of the first iPhone they have iPhone1,1. The latter seems to be true, the iPhone 3G was iPhone1,2, this is official.

The model ID iPhone 3GS – iPhone2,1. It used a different CPU, different GPU, it was a new generation device.

Even more interesting is the case of identifiers of the first and second iPod touch: iPod1,1 and iPod2,1. Before iPods IDs was not.

Look under the hood

This information was not secret, but Apple kept it to themselves.

In iPhone2,1 was used SoC (in Russian, SOC, system on chip – chip which housed the entire computer or gadget) Samsung S5PC100.

Produced this SoC in 65 nm process.

Processor – ARM Cortex-A8 architecture with ARMv7. The nominal CPU clock speed was 833 MHz, the iPhone 3GS to reduce power consumption, it was lowered to 600 MHz. 32-bit.

It seemed that 64-bit processors will appear on the iPhone in the distant future. But it came very soon – in 2012 along with iPhone 5.

In the first iPhone and iPhone 3G CPU clock speed was reduced to 412 MHz.

The letter “S” really meant speed.

Compared with the first iPhone models, the RAM has been doubled to 256 MB.

The iPhone 3GS was used by the graphics processor, PowerVR SGX535, support OpenGL ES 2.0 (the graphics processor of the previous models have supported OpenGL ES 1.1).

In Geekbench 2 the iPhone 3GS scored 280 points. The first iPhone and iPhone 3G – 135. Both.

To be continued

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