It’s hard to believe that the iPhone has been around for a decade, especially since a pocket-sized device with the capability of an iPhone once seemed like something out of a sci-fi novel.

To commemorate the iPhone’s first decade, we (not-so) fondly remember some of the struggles of carrying one of these whiz-bang devices — and how Apple eventually addressed our pains.

1. Ever curse the short life of your iPhone battery? When the first iPhone came out, even checking your email sucked the battery from your phone. Apple claimed you had 250 hours of standby mode, but who spends 250 hours on standby with a phone? As models have gotten larger, the battery life seems to go up, but we’re all still yearning for the nearest power outlet.

2. Raise your hand if you’ve lost your iPhone somewhere in the house and left it on silent mode.Finding your iPhone using the internet only became possible in June 2010 as an added subscription feature using the MobileMe service, which would become iCloud, and became free with the launch of iOS 4.2 (iOS, of course, being the operating system that iPhones run on). Now your phone could tell you that you had left it between the couch cushions and beep so you could find it.

3. Who has stayed up too late doing a whole bunch of nothing on their iPhone? Scientists learned that exposure to the bright light of an iPhone screen would make it harder for you to get any good rest. With the release of iOS 9.3, Apple added the ability to subdue the colors of your phone at night, letting you stay up late scrolling through your feed but still get restful sleep — whenever you finally let go of the phone.

4. Did you ever try to use the camera flash on your iPhone as a flashlight? I did. I thought it might be handy for searching beneath the couch to find my keys. Except it wasn’t possible. When the app store launched, I did find a third-party app that would do it, even though it would infect my phone with ads. It wasn’t until 2014 and iOS 7 that Apple added a flashlight app as a standard, built-in feature.

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