The Evolution of the iPhone 2007-2020: List of All iPhone Models

The Evolution of the iPhone 2007-2020: List of All iPhone Models


Hi, in this article we have shared the list of all the iPhone created to date. The first thing that crosses our mind when we think about mobile handsets is the iPhone.

A premium brand offering the customers a smooth experience. iPhones are devices that everyone would definitely like to own. This article discusses the various mobile handsets manufactured by Apple and all the associated iOS versions that have been released to date. Apple used the catchphrase which said, “This is only the beginning” when the first iPhone was released.

Ever since the release, we have always been amazed by the iPhones that the company has produced. In short, Apple has changed the market and the taste of people regarding mobile handsets.

Before we discuss the different iPhones that have been produced, let us have a brief look at the history of iPhones. Steve Jobs, the then CEO of Apple Inc., was the first person to conceive the idea of using a device having a touchscreen rather than the existing use of the stylus.

With a team of 1000 employees working on a secret project named “Project Purple”. The plans to develop mobile handsets were initiated as early as 2004. Initially, Apple in collaboration with ATT Mobility started developing the devices with an operating cost of US$ 150 million over two and a half years.

1. The iPhone 1 

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Colloquially known as the iPhone 2G, this device was the first smartphone to be manufactured by Apple. Considered to be a game-changer in the mobile handset market. The devices were ready to be offered by the company to the customer base on the 29th of June 2007.

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The iPhone 1 was powered by the Samsung 32-bit RISC ARM, 1176JZ(F)-S v1.0 620MHz, underclocked to 412 MHz. In sync with the PowerVR MBX Lite 3D GPU and 128MB eDRAM for better performance.

The device was available in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB variants of flash memory. so users never had a shortage of space to store music or pictures or applications. The default operating system that was installed in the device was the iPhone OS 1.0.

The last update for the iPhone 1 OS (iPhone OS 3.1.3) was released on the 2nd of February 2010. As far as the display is concerned the device was measured to be 90mm (3.5 in) diagonally.

With 320x480 pixels resolution. 163 pixel per inch (PPI) and 2:3 aspect ratio the device was a standing performer in the market at that time.

2. The iPhone 3G 

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This was the second generation iPhone that was manufactured by Apple Inc. on the 11th of July 2008. With the catchphrase “The iPhone you have been waiting for”. The iPhone 3G was an upgrade to its predecessor. With over a million sales in the first weekend, this device was the most advanced mobile phone.

After the release of its successor The iPhone 3GS, the price of this device reduced by 50% as it was seen more like a budget phone. Eventually, after dominating the market for a year and capturing the market in 22 countries. The iPhone 3G was discontinued after the 7th of July 2010.

Specifications Of This iPhone Model

The iPhone 3G was powered by the Samsung 32-bit RISC ARM1176JZ(F)-S v1.0 620MHz Underclocked to 412 MHz.

In sync with 128MB DRAM available in 8GB and 16GB flash memory variants. The iPhone OS 2.0 was the operating system on which the system was running the applications.

The last OS update that was released for the iPhone 3G was on the 22nd of November 2010. The screen of the iPhone 3G measured at 90mm (3.5”) diagonally.

With 320x480 pixel resolution at 163 PPI and 2:3 aspect ratio. the display was similar to that of its predecessor.

3. The iPhone 3GS 

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Apple Inc. received an overwhelming response regarding the previously manufactured devices. While The iPhone becoming more popular and creating a huge fan base, the company allowed the pre-ordering facility to the customers on the 19th of June 2009.

The first weekend of its release the company sold over a million iPhone 3GS. Apart from being more upgraded than its predecessor, The iPhone 3GS was faster and many more software features such as video recording facility, voice recording, and voice control were also introduced.

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The configuration was upgraded significantly by Apple Inc as the new iPhone 3GS was powered by a 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessor along with 256MB DRAM.

The system of the iPhone 3GS was also supported by the PowerVR SGX535 GPU for handling high-end graphical applications. The iPhone OS 3.0 was the default platform for the device.

The last OS update that the device had received was the iOS 6.1.6 which was released on the 21st of February 2014. The display of this device was measured at 89mm (3.5 in) diagonally.

The resolution was upgraded to 480x320 pixels at 163 PPI and 2:3 aspect ratio. The device also had a 24-bit LCD which supports 16.76 million colors.

4. The iPhone 4 

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This was the fourth generation of iPhones released by Apple Inc. Unlike the release of the previous iPhones. Two prototypes of The iPhone 4 were leaked to the media. Although this act was not followed previously many technical specifications were found to be correct.

On the 24th of June 2010, Apple Inc. unveiled the device in the USA, UK, France, Germany, and Japan. The then CEO of the company, Steve Jobs claimed the device to be the thinnest mobile handset in the world. Along with a stainless steel body, this device introduced the Retina Display and also the first in the flagship to have a front camera.

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The iPhone 4 was powered by 1GHz (Underclocked to 800 MHz) single-core 32-bit ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessor. Along with the PowerVR SGX535 GPU.

In sync with 512MB DRAM and available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB flash storage variants. The iOS 4 was released for the GSM handsets and for the CDMA handsets iOS 4.2.5 was supported.

The iOS update that the iPhone 4 received was the iOS 7.1.2. The resolution of the LED-backlit IPS TFT LCD was 960x640 with 326 PPI and 800:1 contrast ratio.

5. The iPhone 4S 

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The iPhone 4S was the 5th generation iPhone that was manufactured by Apple Inc. Although it retained most of the designs externally from its predecessor major upgrades were done internally.

The iPhone 4S went out for sale on the 14th of October 2011 and received an enormous response from the customer base. 4 million sales were recorded in the first few days of the sale. Customer reviews were positive as the processing speed, the new camera feature, and Siri were all impressive. Check out the article on the Siri trick you can use to get more out of your iPhone.

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The microchip that powered the iPhone 4S was the dual-core 32-bit ARM Cortex-A9 (1.0 GHz underclocked to 800 MHz). In combination with 512MB DDR2 RAM and PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU.

The available storage variants were 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The LED-backlit IPS TFT LCD display was measured at 3.5 in (89mm).

The resolution was 960x640 with 326 PPI and 800:1 contrast ratio. iOS 5 was the platform on which the applications and the system of the device were supported. The last OS update that the iPhone 4S received was the 9.3.6 version released on the 22nd of July 2019.

6. The iPhone 5

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The historical importance of this device is that The iPhone 5 was the last device to be overseen by Steve Jobs. Marking the era of Tim Cook, The iPhone 5 was nothing short of extraordinary. On the 14th of September 2012 over 2 million customers pre-ordered the device in 24 hours.

Although the device received positive reviews from the customers and critics due to major hardware issues production of the device was prohibited.

Specifications Of This iPhone Model

The iPhone 5 was powered by the 1.3 GHz dual-core 32-bit ARMv7-A "Swift" microprocessor. In sync with 1GB LPDDR2-1066 RAM and PowerVR SGX543MP3 GPU for smoother display.

The available storage variants were 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, allowing the users to explore and store more.

The display was measured at 4 in (100mm) diagonally (16:9 aspect ratio) with the resolution at 1136x640 pixels, 326ppi, and 800:1 contrast ratio.

7. The iPhone 5S/ iPhone5C 

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The iPhone 5S was the seventh generation iPhone which was released along with its lower-end variant The iPhone 5C. As far as the external looks are concerned the iPhone 5S looks similar to that of the iPhone 5.

But the major differences lie in the hardware configuration. Before the release of these two devices, Apple Inc. acquired mobile security company AuthenTec. Hence, there was speculation in the media that Apple Inc. can incorporate the fingerprint scanner in the latest devices.

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The Apple Cyclone 64-bit 1.3 GHz dual-core powers the iPhone 5S. while the iPhone 5C is powered by the 1.3 GHz dual-core 32-bit ARMv7-A “Swift”. The iPhone 5S has the PowerVR G6430 (four [email protected] MHz) GPU installed. while the iPhone 5C has the PowerVR SGX543MP3 (triple-core) installed in it.

The memory for the iPhone 5S is 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM. while the iPhone 5C has 1GB [email protected] RAM. Although the storage variants are similar in both the phones still the iPhone 5S is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

All aforementioned storage was available in the iPhone 5C but the 8GB variant was discontinued on the 9th of September 2015. While the 16GB and 32GB variants were discontinued on the 9th of September 2014. The iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner to add an extra layer of security while the iPhone 5C does not have this feature.

8. The iPhone 6/ iPhone 6 Plus 

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Succeeding the iPhone 5S, the brand new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were the eighth generation handsets manufactured by Apple Inc. The iPad Air inspired design sold 4 million on the first day, 13 million on the first weekend, and over 220 million in total.

Officially unveiled at Cupertino, California on the 9th of September, 2014. these devices had a taller display and were thinner than their predecessors. As a matter of fact, Apple Inc was losing its market share to rival companies.

The primary reason being the rival companies were producing handsets with a larger display. Hence, Apple Inc incorporated this strategy and started to manufacture at par devices to sustain in the market.

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The first striking difference between that should catch the eyes of everyone is that the iPhone 6 was categorized as a smartphone while the iPhone 6 Plus was a Phablet. As a result, the dimensions and mass were different in both the devices. The iPhone 6 has a Height of 158.1mm.

Width of 67mm. Depth of 6.9mm (including lens, 7.5 mm). The iPhone 6 Plus measures at Height of 158.1mm. Width of 77.8mm. Depth of 7.1mm (including lens 7.67 mm).

The mass of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus is 129 grams/ 4.6 oz and 172 grams/ 6.1 oz respectively The iPhone 6 has 4.7 in/ 120mm Retina HD: LED-backlit IPS LCD and 1334x750 pixels resolution and326 PPI with aspect ratio 16:9.

While the iPhone 6 Plus has 5.5 in/ 140mm Retina HD: LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1920x1080 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 401 PPI.

9. The iPhone 6S/ iPhone 6S Plus 

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Following the previous trends, these iPhones were more advanced than their predecessors. Officially unveiled by the CEO Apple Inc Tim Cook on the 9th of September 2015, the sales recorded 13 million devices in the first weekend. Just like its predecessors, these models were almost similar. The major contrast lies in the hardware of the devices.

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The iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus are smartphone and phablet respectively. The iPhone 6S has a height of 138.3mm. width of 67.1mm and depth of 7.1mm. while the iPhone 6S Plus has a height of 158.2mm. width of 77.9mm and depth of 7.3mm. The iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus weighs at 143 grams and 192 grams respectively.

The display of the iPhone 6S has a 120mm Retina HD LED-backlit IPS LCD. with 1334x750 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 326 PPI. The iPhone 6S Plus has a 140mm Retina HD LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1920x1080 pixels resolution and pixel density: 401 PPI

10. The iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 Plus 

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Practically the design of the new iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus was similar to its predecessors. The improvements of the 10th generation of iPhones were solely focused on hardware. The devices were now water and dust resistant, but not waterproof or dustproof.

One of the most controversial changes that Apple Inc made while developing the 10th generation devices was to remove the 3.5 mm headphone port completely. Reviewers and critics viewed this to be extremely surreal. As per some of the critics, this move was incorporated by Apple Inc to boost the sale of their wireless gadgets. On the other hand, some critics viewed this movie to be extremely bold.

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The iPhone 7 is a smartphone while the iPhone 7 Plus is a phablet. The dimensions of the iPhone 7 were measured at Height of 138.3mm. Width of 67.1mm. Depth of 7.1mm. The dimensions of the iPhone 7Plus were recorded as Height of158.2mm. Width of 77.9mm.

Depth of 7.3mm. The mass of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus were 138 grams and 188 grams respectively. The iPhone 7 has a 2GB LPDDR4 RAM while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 3GB LPDDR4RAM.

The iPhone 7 has a 120mm Retina HD: LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1334x750 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 326 PPI, 1 megapixel. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 140mm Retina HD: LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1920x1080 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 401 PPI, 2.1 megapixels.

11. The iPhone 8/ iPhone 8 Plus

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The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus were the eleventh generation iPhones that were manufactured by Apple Inc. Announced on the 12th of September 2017 along with the iPhone X at the Steve Jobs Theatre in the Apple Park campus.

While reviewers criticized the design of the products (which was similar for many years) the inductive charging and the new Apple A11 microchip were praised by all. Also, DxOMark a camera testing company rated the cameras of the iPhone 8 at 92 and the iPhone 8 Plus at 94. Among all the positive reviews the devices failed the durability test.

As the drop tests were conducted, the rear glass body of the devices failed to live up to the expectations.

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The iPhone 8 is a smartphone while the iPhone 8 Plus is a phablet. The iPhone 8 has measurements recorded at Height of 138.4mm.

Width of 67.3mm and depth of 7.3mm. While the iPhone 8 Plus has measurements recorded at Height of158.4mm. Width of 78.1mm and Depth of 7.5mm.

The mass of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus was recorded at 148 grams and 202grams respectively. The RAM of the iPhone 8 is 2GB LPDDR4X. while the iPhone 8 Plus has 3GBLPDDR4X RAM.

12. The iPhone X series 

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Inspired by the Roman numeral Apple Inc named the latest gadget like the iPhone X, the “X” represents 10. The iPhone X was related to the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, hence it also became a part of the eleventh generation of the iPhones.

Priced at US$999 the iPhone X became the most expensive iPhone ever. The iPhone X was indeed a device that laid the foundation for the future mobile handsets. The device was bezel-less, primarily built on glass and stainless steel. Also unlike most of the Android smartphones, the iPhone did no have the Home button at the bottom.

This changed the usage of the device significantly. Now the users had to make use of gestures to operate the device.

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The iPhone X is powered by the Hexa-core 64-bit (2x high power Monsoon cores at 2.39 GHz + 4x low power Mistral cores at 1.42 GHz). It also hosts 3GB LPDDR4X RAM.

The iPhone X has an inbuilt modem Models A1865/1902: Qualcomm MDM9655Snapdragon X16 LTE Model A1901: Intel MXM 7480 for better connectivity. The inbuilt OS is the iOS 11.0.1 and the later versions are still supporting.

The iPhone X  is available in 64GB and 256GB variants. The device is 149mm diagonally. it has a Super Retina HD: AMOLED displays with 2436x1125 pixel resolution and PPI: 458.

13. The iPhone XR 

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The iPhone XR is related to iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XR has a liquid retina display which Apple Inc claims to be the best and the most advanced in the industry. This device belongs to the twelfth generation of iPhones to be produced.

Released on the 26th of October and pre-bookings starting from the 19th of the same month the reviews for the device were positive. Priced at US$749 in the USA, the device is powered by the Apple A12 Bionic microchip processor (which Apple Inc claims to be the smartest and the most powerful processor ever). The device became the best selling smartphone globally for the third quarter of 2019.

Specifications Of This iPhone Model

The iPhone XR is powered by the Apple A12 Bionic 2.49 GHz Hexa-core 64-bit microprocessors. In sync with 3GB LPDDR4X RAM for a faster and smoother experience.

The device was released in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB (discontinued after September2019). iOS 12 comes pre-installed in the device and the latest iOS version is still compatible with it.

The display of the iPhone XR is measured at 154mm. with Liquid Retina: LED-backlit IPS LCD. 1792x828 pixel resolution and PPI: 326.

14. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max 

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The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are the twelfth generations of smartphones succeeding in the iPhone X. Virtually similar to the design of iPhone X, these devices differed in hardware performance.

Also under the IEC60529 standard, both the devices are resistant to water and dust. Also, Apple clarified its claim that the device can resist water penetration until 2 meters for up to 30 minutes.

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The iPhone XS is a smartphone while the iPhone XS Max is a Phablet. The display of the iPhone XS was measured at 149mm and having 2436x1125 pixels resolution.

While the display of the iPhone XS Max was measured at 164mm. having2688x1242 pixels resolution. The dimensions of the iPhone XS are measured as Height: 143.6mm, Width: 70.9mm, and Depth: 7.7mm.

While the dimensions of the iPhone XS Max are measured as Height:157.5mm, Width: 77.4mm, and Depth: 7.7mm. The mass of the iPhone XS is 177 grams, while the iPhone XS Max weighs 208 grams.

15. The iPhone 11Pro/ iPhone 11 Pro Max 

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The iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max marked the beginning of the thirteenth generation of iPhones. Already possessing the ability to resist dust, water, these devices were powered by the A13 Bionic processor and also hosts the triple-lens in the rear camera.

Unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater in California, this was the first time that Apple Inc used the term “Pro” for any of its mobile handsets. The launching event of the thirteenth generation devices was also live-streamed on Youtube.

The camera and the processor were viewed by the critics and reviewers as a big upgrade, while the similar design to that of its predecessor was not liked by many.

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The iPhone 11 Pro is a smartphone while the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a Phablet. The dimensions of the iPhone 11 Pro are recorded as Height of 144mm, Width of 71.4mm, and Depth of 8.1mm. The iPhone 11 Pro Max being bigger, the dimensions are recorded as the height of 158mm, width of 77.8mm, and depth of 8.1mm.

The mass of the iPhone 11 Pro is 188 grams, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max weighs 226grams. The display of the iPhone 11 Pro is 149mm, with 2436x1125 pixel resolution. On the other hand, the display of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is 164mm, with 2688x1242 pixel resolution.

There are the iPhones that Apple has ever made. You can share which iPhone is your favorite and you can also share the experience of using these iPhones. If we have missed any iPhone model then you can tell us in the comments.

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