When Apple, helmed back then by its visionary CEO Steve Jobs, introduced the iPhone in 2007, it was considered a gamechanger. Now, after more than a decade, the gadget has maintained its status as the premium smartphone of choice for many. It has set the bar higher for the smartphone market and is still one of the major players in the industry today. Here is a brief history of all the iPhone models we have seen thus far.
The First iPhone
The first generation iPhone, released back in 2007, was a gamechanger. It is just 11.6mm thick and weighed 135 grams. Its main features include a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability, GPS, and a 3.5-inch touch-enabled screen. The feature that was considered revolutionary for its time is its keypad less screen where you can do everything with just a touch of your finger.
The 3G and 3GS
Debuted in 2008, the second model that was released is the iPhone 3G. It featured a 3G connectivity and memory storage of up to 8GB. It also weighed lighter thanks to the new light-weight materials used to assemble it. A year after, the iPhone 3GS was released. The “S” stands for “speed,” and It features an improved internal memory speed, a rear camera of 3-megapixels, and a 32 GB max storage.
The 4 and 4S
After its release in 2010, the iPhone 4 and 4s is considered the best designed iPhone yet. The standard iPhone 4 model showcased an all-glass body, 5MP rear camera, a front camera for Apple’s FaceTime, and iOS 4.0 system (which could be upgraded to iOS 7 later on). This model is also the first to use Apple’s A-series chipset. The 4s version has an internal speed boost and higher rear camera specs at 8 MP. The 4S is also the model that first introduced Siri, Apple’s infamous voice-activated assistant, to the world.
The 5, 5S and 5C
Two years after the release of iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 series made its way to gadget shops in 2012. It was Apple’s first iPhone to showcase a four-inch display. The iPhone 5 was thinner compared to its predecessors. It was LTE capable and boasted an 8MP rear camera capable of recording 1080p video quality. The 5S version came with the Touch ID, a biometric unlock system, and the A7 chipset. Along with the stand iPhone 5 and 5s models, Apple also debuted the iPhone 5C, with “C” standing for “color.” All 5C smartphones featured a hard-coated polycarbonate shell.
The 6, 6+, 6S and 6S+
Apple’s iPhone 6 featured a 4.7-inch screen, an iOS 8 system (the latest at that time), Bluetooth 4.2 and the Apple A8 chipset. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6+ has a slightly bigger screen size of 5.5 inches, a boosted internal system and comes with the Apple Pay. Both models were released back in 2014. The following year, Apple debuted the 6S and 6S+. It showcased the 3D Touch, 12MP camera, 5MP front camera, and Apple’s A9 chipset.
iPhone SE stands for Special Edition. It features a 4-inch screen,12-megapixel rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and the A9 chipset.
It was released back in 2016.
The 7 and 7+
Also released in the same year as the iPhone SE, Apple’s iPhone 7 was the first ever phone to ditch the highly beloved headphone jack. Aside from that, it was designed to be water and dust resistant. The 7+ version has a dual rear camera to produce better quality images. Both iPhones featured a 7MP front camera, M10 Motion Coprocessor, iOS 10, and the Apple A10 chipset.
The 8 and 8+
Both iPhone 8 and 8+, released in 2017, featured an all-glass back and inductive charging (also known as wireless charging). It also comes with an improved processor, the iOS 12, the M11 Motion Coprocessor and Apple’s A11 chipset.
Apple’s iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen and was the first iPhone to discard its home button to give way to an all-screen display. It has two 12-megapixel rear cameras, 7MP front camera, Augmented Reality enabled, and an all OLED screen.
The XS and XS Max
Featuring a 6.5-inch screen display, it is Apple’s biggest iPhone ever. Both phones feature upgraded cameras and the A12 chipset with 4GB of RAM.
Released in 2018, iPhone XR is also known as “Budget iPhone.” It featured the A12 Bionic chipset and 3GB of RAM and included all the fundamental function of the latest standard version of an iPhone.