I pulled out an iPhone 3GS from the corner of the drawer a few days ago. After charging the battery, the familiar Apple LOGO turned on. Accompanied by the long-lost “click” unlocking sound, this mobile phone that has long since become history has renewed come alive in my hands.
On the last day of October 2009, the front door of the Apple Store in Sanlitun, Beijing was full of people. Fruit fans from all over the country gathered together because of the first iPhone sales event of the Bank of China to welcome the special moment when the iPhone officially entered the Chinese market. It is iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
Ten years later, the iPhone 11 series launched by Apple last year has become an “arcade,” and the hardware configuration and software functions of the new phone are no longer the same. If two iPhones separated by ten years are put together, perhaps we can more clearly see the progress of the iPhone over the past ten years.
The iPhone 3GS is equipped with a 3.5-inch multi-touch screen with a resolution of 480 × 320. With a compact and sleek body design, there is no pressure on one-handed operation. Compared with the large-screen phones that are currently being used, Back to iPhone 3GS, there is a sense of security and satisfaction of “mastering”.
Of course, the texture of the plastic body of the iPhone 3GS is compared with the glass body + stainless steel middle frame design of the iPhone 11 Pro. Although the latter is larger and heavier, it is not easy to operate with one hand, but the texture of the whole machine Compared with ten years ago, it is a “qualitative leap.”
The first-generation iPhone 2G and the second-generation iPhone 3G only have the ability to take 1.2 megapixel still photos, while the iPhone 3GS has been upgraded to 3.2 megapixel, and also added video shooting and auto-focus functions, but these configurations were released in the iPhone 11 Pro last year. Still “not enough” in front of me, let’s just look at the following sample comparison:
iPhone 3GS uses a front-illuminated 3.2 megapixel pixel image sensor from OmniVision, and supports autofocus, video shooting and other functions for the first time, which is much stronger than the first and second generation iPhones.
It can be seen that even in a well-lit scene, the look and feel of the photos taken by the iPhone 3GS is still full of “age”, coupled with the low pixels, does not support HDR and other congenital defects, once a large light ratio appears in the picture, There are often shortcomings where the highlights cannot be suppressed and the details of the dark parts are lost. In addition, the inclusion of the picture is much narrower than the main camera of the iPhone 11 Pro with an equivalent focal length of 26mm.
In contrast, the iPhone 11 Pro on the right, thanks to hardware advantages such as higher pixels, optical image stabilization, and software optimizations such as smart HDR and AI, the overall look and feel of the photos is even better than some entry-level SLR/card cameras.
And once the light conditions are insufficient, the image quality of the iPhone 3GS will quickly collapse, accompanied by a lot of noise.
If the light environment is worse, you may face the embarrassment of not being able to record the picture at all. What is waiting for you will be an almost black photo. After all, the iPhone 3GS does not support the so-called “night mode”, and there is no flash fill light. What can be photographed at night depends entirely on “God’s Will.”
The upper and lower limits of the iPhone 11 Pro’s recording capabilities are higher. After some iPhone 3GS shots, scenes full of noise become purer. Even in scenes with almost no natural light sources, iPhone 11 Pro relies on the “night mode” software Optimization can also achieve recording, no matter what, there is a rear flash can act as a supplementary light.
In terms of software, the iPhone 3GS comes pre-installed with iPhoneOS 3, and the one in hand has been upgraded to iOS 6.1.6. The new flat design iOS 7 excludes the iPhone 3GS from the list of supported devices, so iOS 6.1 .6 is also the last iOS version supported in iPhone 3GS history.
As the “end point” of quasi-materialization, now that I have become accustomed to flattening and then looking back at iOS 6, it is indeed a bit embarrassing, such as the classic sliding to unlock sound effects, the rolling shutter animation of opening the camera, etc. Although many software and functions are still immature, they are The status of materialization is still unshakable in the hearts of many fruit fans. After all, in that pure time of playing the machine, the fun we get from small games such as “Angry Birds”, “Fruit Ninja”, and “Graffiti Jump” is now the fast-paced online game. Can not be replaced.
Ten years is a mark, a summary of the past, and a vision for the future again. Although the equipment that used to accompany us is old and in disrepair, and we change new equipment year after year, memories other than hardware equipment may be more worthy of collection.
Perhaps ten years later, we will look back at the current iPhone 11 Pro, which is a different scene.