Sunday, Jan. 9 will mark 15 years since Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco, and while the device revolutionized the smartphone industry, But it's easy to forget how much the iPhone has improved since then.
To celebrate the upcoming occasion, we've compiled a list of 15 features or features the original iPhone didn't have when it launched.
App Store: The original iPhone came preloaded with apps for phones, weather, notes, calendars, photos and calculators, but there was no formal way to install native third-party apps until the App Store launched in July 2008. Developers can provide Web-based applications, but it's not a qualified experience.
Copy and paste: It may seem hard to believe, but the ability to copy and paste text wasn't added to the iPhone until 2009.
Front-facing camera: While selfies are ubiquitous these days, the original iPhone didn't have a front-facing camera. In fact, iphones didn't have front-facing cameras until 2010, when the iPhone 4 introduced its new FaceTime video calling feature.
Video recording: The original iPhone could only take photos, but the iPhone 3GS introduced video recording in 2009.
Flashlight: Because the original iPhone didn't have an LED flash, it didn't have a built-in flashlight. When the App Store launched, several flashlight apps were released that displayed a white screen at maximum brightness to mimic a flashlight.
Multimedia messaging (MMS) : The original iPhone supported sending text messages via SMS, but didn't have the ability to send photos. In 2009, iPhone OS 3.0 introduced MMS, but only for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
GPS: While the original iPhone came preinstalled with the Google Maps app, the device lacked GPS, so there were no turning instructions. Apple introduced built-in GPS in the iPhone 3G in 2008.
Home screen Wallpaper: It wasn't until iOS 4 was released in 2010 that it was possible to set up a custom home screen wallpaper on the iPhone, and the software update didn't support the original iPhone.
Verizon support: AT& T was the only iPhone carrier in the U.S. Verizon didn't start supporting the device until 2011.
Siri: Apple's voice-activated digital assistant was introduced with the iPhone 4S in 2011.
Touch ID or Face ID: While modern iphones and ipads come equipped with biometric authentication systems like Face ID or Touch ID, the original iphones were protected only by a four-digit password. Touch ID went on sale with the iPhone 5S in 2013, while Face ID debuted on the iPhone X in 2017.
Lightning Port: Like many iPods before it, the original iPhone came with a 30-pin dock connector. With the release of the iPhone 5 in 2012, Apple switched to the smaller Lightning port.
Retina display: First introduced in 2010 on the iPhone 4, retina display has four times the pixels of the original iPhone, making it the highest-resolution display on a smartphone at the time.
Wireless charging: The first iphones to support wireless charging were the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, released in 2017.
Water resistant: The original iPhone wasn't exactly waterproof friendly, but the latest iPhone12/13 models have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.