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What popular websites today look like on Apple’s original iPhone

Original iPhone

One of the hallmark features of the original 2007 iPhone was its 3.5-inch screen. Though diminutive by today’s standards, the original iPhone’s 320×480 and 163 ppi display was incredible for its time and was an instant game changer.

Of course, once Apple introduced the Retina Display with the iPhone 4, the original iPhone display immediately began to look an ancient pixelated relic. With that as a backdrop, Luc Luxton recently had the fun idea to see how popular webpages built for 2016 might render on a 2007 iPhone running a variant of iOS 3.

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Luxton’s full results, which he posted to Medium, are both interesting and amusing. While some websites look okay aside from some minor resolution issues, others are simply too advanced to render properly in mobile Safari on iOS 3.1.3.

For instance, here we see Medium’s website loaded up on an ancient iPhone alongside a more modern-day iPhone. All in all, it’s truly not that bad, aside from some slight formatting issues.

The Verge’s website, however, didn’t fare too well, a fact plainly evident via the photo below. Not only that, but Luxton found that The Verge’s site took a whopping  3 minutes and 3 seconds to fully load. I guess Apple’s original and venerable iPhone is simply no match for what The Verge is serving up nearly 9 years later.

While everyone is understandably interested in what tricks Apple might pull out of its hat when it releases the iPhone 7, it’s sometimes worth a moment to look at older hardware and truly appreciate how far tech has advanced in recent years. Not only that, it makes you wonder how antiquated some our current technologies and products will seem nine years from now.

Make sure to hit the source link below for even more examples of what popular and current websites today render as when loaded onto the original iPhone.

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.