May 22, 2017

Here’s a list of every iPhone ever released

The year 2017 marks the 10th year since the release of the first iPhone in 2007. It seemed longer, but yes, it’s only ever been a decade. Remember the iPhone 2? Me neither. because there wasn’t one. Apple produced the first gen iPhone and when they were making the second one, it was the height of the 3G internet connectivity craze so for branding purposes, they had to ditch the number 2 altogether in favour of the more fitting iPhone 3G. Apple has released a total of ten iPhones (including the iPhone S and iPhone C) since Steve Jobs unveiled the first one in June 29, 2007.

iPhone: June 29, 2007


Sometimes it’s a little hard to believe that people managed to have just 16 GB of storage space in the beginning. Then again, with the limits of storage and internet connectivity back then, there wasn’t a lot of stuff to put in a device back then. And there wasn’t an App Store. But back then, having internet access onscreen and a 2 megapixel camera on your phone is already a really big deal. It only has 128 MB of memory though. But still!

iPhone 3G: July 11, 2008


Apple is famous for releasing new iterations of their products with very few new features and back 2009, it wasn’t all that different. In terms of internal specifications, the iPhone 3G doesn’t differ from the first release that much. But this second generation release was already an improvement back then for having an App Store. It maybe the second iteration but it got its name for having 3G connectivity, which meant not having to hear the internet scream in digital agony as you try to connect to it.

iPhone 3GS: June 19, 2009


Apple upgraded the iPhone 3G with 32 GB storage and effectively evolving into the iPhone 3GS. (Really, Apple? That’s all it took?) This was a necessary upgrade as the introductin of the App Store on its previous iteration meant a steady stream of data into the device, like photos, music, and apps. The meager 16 GB option wasn’t cut out for the amount of data that having a 3G internet connection and the availability of downloads entail. The camera was upgraded to 3 megapixels too (yay!) and added video recording (double yay!). Apple also dipped its toes into voice control technology but it would be a couple of years before Siri was introduced.

iPhone 4: June 24, 2010


The iPhone 4 was innovative for being the first of its family (sadly not the first smartphone) to have a front-facing camera. It was the start of a revolution that would overtake the world: the selfie. And it’s only fitting, because it also got a retina display. Apple bumped up its memory specs to 512 MB to better handle photos, streaming, and the App Store, compared to the iPhone 3GS’s 256 MB memory. But it would take another year before it is unshackled from the limits of 32 GB storage space.

iPhone 4S: October 14, 2011


The iPhone 4S makes a huge leap by upgrading the previous release’s camera from 5 MP to 8 MP. It was a big deal! This is where they also upgraded the memory from 32 GB to 64 GB, and they also upgraded its video-recording capabilities by enabling it to capture 1080p video. It retained the 512-MB memory though. This one marks an achievement in its history by introducing Siri. Because of these improvements and introductions, Apple more than doubled their sales records during the first week of its release, selling four million units by the end of the first week compared to the iPhone 4’s 1.7 million units for its first week.

iPhone 5: September 21, 2012


The iPhone 5 retained its 8MP camera but with a boosted memory of up to 1GB. It also improves upon previous iterations’ 3G by having LTE connectivity, which means having access to internet everywhere! (Well, almost.) It also marks the introduction of the Lightning connector and a bigger screen, at 4 inches compared to its predecessors’ 3.5 inches. Apple outdos its previous record with the iPhone 4S by selling 5 million units of the iPhone 5 after one week.

iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c: September 20, 2013


Apple almost doubles its previous sales figure by selling nine million units of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C on the first week. Well, that could be attributed to giving consumers two choices but still, nine million units in a week is a pretty large number. By then, Apple has amassed a following for their new products. It also helps that the 5C was slightly more affordable than the 5S, had a plastic shell, and is available in four different colors. (The illusion of choice really helps a lot, doesn’t it?) Not much else was different though. The slightly more expensive iPhone 5S marks the introduction of Touch ID, dual flash, and slow-motion video. It also included the M7 motion co-processor, making it a pioneering technology for smartphones and helped save battery life.

iPhone 6 & 6 Plus: September 19, 2014

If you’ve noticed, Apple tends to make significant changes between the original model and its S edition rather than the S edition and a new model. The iPhone 6 is very similar with its predecessor in terms of internal specifications. The significant variation comes with the iPhone 6 Plus, a bigger version of the iPhone 6. It has a bigger screen, an HD display instead of the Retina display, and it offered the 128 GB storage option. Still, the amount of memory was the same, and the camera saw no improvement. In spite of its shortcomings, it sold 10 million units on the first week.

iPhone 6s & 6s Plus: September 19, 2015

The 6S moniker reflects how little change this iteration is to its predecessor from the outside. On the inside, however, Apple made a lot of upgrades for the 6s. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus saw no upgrades for their cameras but the 6S and 6S Plus saw its cameras being upgraded from *MP to 12 MP. Its memory also went from 1GB to 2GB. The iPhone 6’s bending issues was also addressed by making the 6S have an aluminum cover. The 6S and 6S Plus marked the introduction of the 3D Touch, though it was barely used as it was new at the time. It wasn’t until the iPhone 7 that the 3D Touch saw much use.

iPhone SE: March 31, 2016


Thickness: 7.6 mm (0.30 in)

Weight: 113 g (3.99 oz)

Display: 4.0 inches

Storage: 16/32/64/128 GB

Camera: 12 MP

Memory: 2 GB

Features: Apple Pay, Six-core graphics, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, fingerprint scanner

Sales: No actual figures.

The iPhone SE has all of the impressive specifications of the iPhone 6S in a smaller frame, minus the 3D Touch. It was a more affordable option to the 6S, pushing it to the heights of popularity. However, for the first time in Apple’s history, they opted not to share their sales record for the first week as it is lower than the previous release.


iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: September 16, 2016

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

iPhone 7

Thickness: 7.1 mm (0.28 in)

Weight: 138 g (4.87 oz)

Display: 4.7 inches

Storage: 32/128/256 GB

Camera: 12 MP

Memory: 2 GB

Features: iMessage, Audio/video/photo editor, dust & water resistant, Apple W1 wireless chip, AirPods, Super taptic engine

iPhone 7 Plus

Thickness: 7.3 mm (0.29 in)

Weight: 188 g (6.63 oz)

Display: 5.5 inches

Storage: 32/128/256 GB

Camera: Dual 12 MP

Memory: 3 GB

Features: Dual rear camera, dust & water resistant, other similar features with the iPhone 7

It seems Apple has decided not to show actual figures since the abysmal performance of the iPhone SE. However, data from Localytics show that the iPhone 7 has sold 10 times more units than its predecessor, and is on par with iPhone 6S’ first week sales. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 Plus only sold twice as much as the iPhone SE, falling way behind it’s smaller sibling. The numbers speak for themselves: it’s hard to top something as good as the iPhone 6S and the improvements since then are not as drastic as the improvements in between previous models. This iteration also saw Apple trying to go with trends in smartphone design (like water resistance) and start new ones (like the AirPods and dual rear camera).