Historical iPhone Models Chronology List

Do you want to understand all the iPhone models that have existed throughout history? Now, 14 years after the first model was published, we will be ranking 25 different models in chronological order, from oldest to newest.

Apart from the context. Several of these phones were revolutionary in their day. They brought with them news in hardware, new ways to play with the gadgets and novelties in the program that have become indispensable.

With this in mind, we're going to look at the quality of the rivalry and the main shortcomings, as well as obvious causes such as form and function. Let's review all iPhone models to this day.

Chronological list of iPhone models that exist today

Over the past 14 years, the iPhone has led Apple to worldwide triumph and changed for life the way to use the mobile phones.

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From an easy phone with 2G connectivity to a true symbol of advanced technology, each iPhone model became a milestone in the advancement of smartphones and caused other companies to emulate the originality of the Cupertino-based company.

1. iPhone (2007)

iPhone 2007
iPhone 2007

The first iPhone was personally announced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, but it didn't go on sale until June of that year.

The exhibition it happened at the macworld talk of San Francisco.

Apple's consultant in charge was quick to declare that his "magical and innovative" product was five years ahead of anything else on the market.

It is a phone with a 3,5 inch, but it is also an iPod, a camera and a way to connect to the Internet.

These 4 elements were likely in another gadget, but Apple managed to make a product that was ahead of its time in relation to the user's work platform: grid icons, multi-touch support or the home link icon.

Other characteristics

The first iPhone It was made of aluminum. There were still no third-party apps, no GPS, and the 2-megapixel camera wouldn't let you record video. The possibility of accessing the Internet was only usable via WiFi.

How much has it cost? 4GB model it was $499, while the 8GB was $100 more expensive.

In 74 days, 1.000.000 entities were sold, exceeding 6 million entities in the entire time of commercial launch. A preview of what was to come. Also popular as iPhone EDGE, it was not officially published in Spain.

2. iPhone third generation or 3G (2008)

iPhone 3G 2008
iPhone third generation or 3G (2008)

This phone solved the problem of connectivity by providing the opportunity to access the Internet through third generation or 3G.

Another huge hardware flaw was, without a doubt, the lack of GPS, but this was fixed in the third generation or 3G iPhone, opening the door to various location-based services.

Other characteristics

The main attractive change is the rear panel, which uses a unique curved plastic area instead of aluminium/plastic. It can be all black or bright white. Another remarkable change inside is memory expansion, there were 8GB and 16GB editions.

Both the third generation iPhone or 3G and 3GS had a plastic back. The latter entered a white color. From the operational point of view, the main change was the construction of an app store for others, more popular as the Application Store.

The phone was announced on June 9, 2008 and is scheduled to go on sale on July 11. Prices. $199 and $299 with a two-year contract. This is the first phone that was truly sold in Spain, it came out of the hands of the operator Telefónica, you couldn't buy it for free. It was very difficult to get it.

3. iPhone 3GS (2009)

iPhone 3GS 2009
iPhone 3GS (2009)

The first iPhone with the letter “S” promised a phone twice as strong than its predecessor at a lower price, and so it was (from $99 for 8GB to $299 for 32GB).

The WWDC-winning iPhone 3GS was announced on June 8, 2009 and went on sale on June 19 of that year.

Its appearance was precisely the same as the third generation or 3G model. It had the ability to choose up to 32 GB of memory, we could finally record videos and also understand our commands by voice.

the app store grew enormously, with well over 100.000 apps this season, fundamentally the number of games grew.

Other characteristics

Very attractive is this "S" criterion for updates, which still used every two years: hardware changes and program that updates the phone, but not a revolution. It may seem like a disparity, but iOS 3 already had a "cut and paste" option.

Again, Telefonica owned the sole rights for publication in Spain without releasing shares. The first three iPhone models were very similar to each other, so we had to wait until 2010 for the narrower, squarer iPhone 4.

4. iPhone 4 (2010)

iPhone 4 2010
iPhone 4 (2010)

Several remember the story of the lost prototype in a bar, whose main character is himself.

Un interface change done, an essential one that, for many, is still the most successful in the life of an Apple phone.

The glass on the front and back was its hallmark, but there were also hardware creations: the first iPhone with a Retina screen -also 3,5 inches- and the first with a front camera.

Other characteristics

On the iPhone 4, white or black, the rear panel was glass. The frame was stainless steel. The camera was one of the most improved points this season, due to the move to 5 megapixels.

The commercial triumph of this family of telephones was already insane, and everything that happened had a private manager, which is why we still remember the episode «Antennagate» well today.

It was announced on June 7, 2010 and would go on sale on June 24, which also involved the USA, where it began to go on sale. In fact, at unchanged costs, it is the first gadget to be distributes outside the AT&T network. Telefónica's monopoly was broken in Spain, giving other huge operators a chance.

5. iPhone 4S (2011)

iPhone 4S 2011
iPhone 4S (2011)

With a facade identical to that of the "S", the telephone brings several attractive changes in hardware: 64 gigs of RAM, redesigned antennas, dual-core processor, or as the first phone with Bluetooth 4.0, low power consumption.

We met Siri, the phone's first personal assistant, who still follows us today. The 8-megapixel camera took the high-end smartphone market to a new level.

It was a model of facility and quality that began to unseat compact cameras. For the first time, you can record in 1080p format.

Other characteristics

With respect to the program, the really important thing was the arrival of Siri, el voice assistant which was released in iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S (in addition to iCloud and iMessage). It was announced by Tim Cook on October 4 and released on the 14th of the same month.

In Spain, it was usable for the first time freely and free of charge in the Apple Store on October 28. We had to pay 599 euros for the 16 GB model and 799 euros for the 64 GB model.

6. iPhone 5 (2012)

iPhone 5 2012
iPhone 5 (2012)

Apple seems to have run its course, but there's no question that Android phones have developed a need for bigger screens, and the iPhone 5 was the answer. Five years later, we were able to find 5 inches.

The design it was very similar that of its predecessor, with a slightly higher height and a much reduced thickness. In your case, we can find an absolute novelty: the Lightning connector, reversible and ending with a 30-pin connector.

Other characteristics

For the iPhone, we're back to anodized aluminum, usable in black or white. It was the most recent company under the command of Steve Jobs and the first in several points, such as the launch of LTE connectivity or the arrival of Apple Maps (iOS 6) to depend less on Google.

It was announced on September 12, 2012, it was on sale for 21 days and raised 5 million entities sold throughout the week goal. In Spain there were no problems with the organization of the operators, is it more difficult with the free costs? 669 euros for 16GB, up to 869 euros for 64GB.

7. iPhone 2013th generation (XNUMX)

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Fifth generation iPhone (2013)

Aesthetically little changed, the fifth generation iPhone is the model that introduces Touch ID, a fingerprint reader embedded in the link below.

Authenticates the user to unlock, mostly in the App Store, and later opens the door to Apple Pay.

The processor is much stronger (7-bit A64), which was already common, and there is a coprocessor called M7 (it collects movement and geolocation data, which the system can use intelligently). The camera has two news attractants, the first is a dual-tone flash and the second is the opportunity to record slow motion video.

Other characteristics

Regarding the program, iOS 7 has undergone a very remarkable change, due to the fact that Jonathan Ive decided that all the elements of the system move towards minimalism and the color, the so-called «Flat Design».

It was announced on September 10 and arrives in stores on September 20, five days later in Spain. The price rose to 699 euros for the 16 GB model and 900 euros for the 64 GB one.

In 2013, two iPhones were unveiled for the first time: a plastic model, which was supposed to be cheaper and younger, and a second, the “S” edition, which was born this year.

8. iPhone 5c (2013)

iPhone 5c 2013
iPhone 5c (2013)

If the front one is glass, the rest is polycarbonate. This made it very colorful: white, blue, pink, green or yellow.

Created as a cheaper option to the 5S model, thus as a younger product, the iPhone 5c was the least successful phone for Apple.

Other characteristics

Since the 3GS model, it has never used plastic on the back. The abundance of colors and interface skins was an affirmation that the prominently priced phone - $599 for 16 GB - was not stayed in the apple sampling for a long time.

Honestly, I thought it was a very interesting product, but the value was quite high. It could be said that from the inside it is really similar to the usual iPhone 5, you can select between 8GB, 16GB or 32GB.

9. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (2014)

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus 2014
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (2014)

Fast forward to September 9, 2014 to see two new phones from Apple, which are going to be the norm right now.

The iPhone 6 follows the tilt of the market and it reaches 4,7 inches, but since it ended up being quite small, they chose to release a second “Plus” model to challenge the 5,5-inch Android phablets.

What sets it apart with the Aggregate is the volume of the screen, the optical stabilization, the greater battery capacity and, of course, the value. The two phones are more or less the same, with a new A8 processor much stronger, even higher-end cameras and NFC support to make payments with Apple Pay.

Other characteristics

Rarely, costs are the same as last year's model, although the Add-on model costs £100 more. The design is very different to that of the fifth-generation iPhone, with curvier lines and a metallic finish.

Not without dispute over the "bendgate" episode, or what amounts to the same thing: simplicity to fold. It should be emphasized that this phone was made global, with support for 20 LTE bands, and a 128GB variant was also announced.

In 2014 and 2015 the formula of publishing two phones was repeated. The demand for the most important model allowed the iPhone «Plus» to conquer the market.

10. iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (2015)

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus 2015
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (2015)

It speaks fundamentally of the same design, but with an improved interior, denoted by the letter "S".

the phone, which went on sale at the end of September of that same year, it stands out more than anything for its three-dimensional touch, which makes it easier for us to squeeze the screen with different intensity.

Other characteristics

In relation to the camera, there was also a very important change: the «iSight» was born and its 12 megapixels, which truly marks a huge difference from the previous model.

In the new look, the resistance issue has been fixed by choosing a harder aluminum, plus we could see an impressive “rose gold” in the photos.

The arrival of these phones also came accompanied by an increase in costs: 750 euros for the phone with 16 GB of hosting and 859 euros for the Plus model.

11. iPhone SE (2016)

iPhone SE 2016
iPhone SE (2016)

It's a brilliant return to an aspect of fashion that many felt Apple shouldn't have abandoned: the iPhone SE models. celebrated the glory of the 4-inch screen.

The conjunction of an effective design, an updated interior and a very accessible price for Apple gave new life to the criterion of rugged iPhone.

Other characteristics

It looks as good as the iPhone 5 and, unlike the 5C, reveals that Apple knows how to outperform its brand beyond the "one big, one small" approach.

Sure, not had the three-dimensional Touch functionality introduced in the iPhone 6s, and the design wasn't too different from the iPhone 5s, but as an affordable alternative for those seeking a balance between prominent performance and pocket space, the gadget was unbeatable. It still is. Unless, of course, you upgrade to Android.

12. iPhone 8 (2017)

iPhone 8 2017
iPhone 8 (2017)

For the fourth year in a row, Apple decided to introduce incremental innovations to the basic 4,7-inch iPhone… transforming the iPhone 8 into another huge phone for him all the time, although it seems more obsolete than ever.

The screen, only subtly better than 720p, looked just okay and just enough for a £699 phone. The rear camera was very good, but not as amazing as the Plus model.

Other characteristics

The integration of a glass back section and wireless charging are welcome, but it's not the start of the serious revamped design we've come to expect from two basically identical models.

Apple still sells a lot and satisfying various individuals, but the company set its ambitions much higher by launching even more expensive phones.

13. iPhone 8 PLUS (2017).

iPhone 8PLUS 2017

The iPhone 7 Plus was Apple's first extra-large phone, and with its dual-camera setup, iPhone Plus models became a necessity.

The iPhone 8 Added precisely followed this inclination, though it didn't have the same new hook.

Other characteristics

Of course, the dual camera was better than ever with a better portrait mode and the addition of portrait exposure shifts, was effective than ever and it had a slightly better display.

The new glass back and wireless charging were the top additions, but compared to the iPhone X that came out soon after, everything feels a little off. Generally, it was a huge iPhone, but the overall impression was diluted by an even better model released a few weeks later.

14. iPhone X (2017).

iPhone X XUMX
iPhone X (2017)

Dispensing with the iconic home link (and Touch ID sensor) not only allowed for an incredible full-bezel OLED screen - except, of course, for the notch - but also led to a change in navigation that quickly started to feel like second nature.

Other characteristics

Swiping up to proceed to the boot interface or swiping sideways on the bottom bar to quickly switch between apps was slow and handy, iPhone X features like Face ID they worked amazingly well and the Animoji was fun to use.

And on the outside, it was classy: glass on both sides, stainless steel for the body, and the most polished, exacting element Apple has ever delivered in a phone.

Since then, the value of 999 pounds it's quite high for the average customer, which dampens our feelings a bit. But for now, there's not enough to complain about in the latest iPhone fashion aspect.

15. iPhone XS (2018).

iPhone XS 2018
iPhone XS (2018)

Last year's iPhone X models delivered the amazing revolution we've all been waiting for, with an incredible edge-to-edge display that made Apple look like a true smartphone revolutionary. And the iPhone XS…. Well here we go again.

Since then, that iPhone models X have it. And what is more important, apart from the surprising price, it was a phone without any serious drawbacks. The iPhone XS does not give any truly revolutionary news, but it does have a sequence of important news.

Other characteristics

The dual camera has been vastly improved with a larger sensor and a capable HDR utility that takes numerous images and unites them to get a changing rank more extensive, and distinguishes it is visible.

Add to this the larger color palette of the 5,8-inch OLED screen and the spectacularly strong A12 Bionic chip, and Apple really did a tremendous job. It is simply not exceptional.

16. iPhone XSMAX (2018).

iPhone XSMAX 2018

Unlike the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Added, as well as its three numbered predecessors, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max there are mostly no differences key beyond size and value.

The two gadgets distribute the same hardware, the configuration of the camera and the number of pixels per inch, beyond the different resolution information.

Other characteristics

But you can safely use one hand, the amazing 6,5-inch OLED display deserves both the bulk and the plus money. Its appearance is striking, and the edge-to-edge design only adds to the effect.

It also gives a little more battery life than the iPhone XS, and it is the model today that we would recommend the most, again, if you can bear the enormous size And you don't mind the extra expense.

17. iPhone XR (2018).

iPhone XR 2018

When the iPhone XR was announced, it had more than just a hint of the iPhone 5C.

In the same way as the 5C, the lowest rated iPhone on this list, It is cheaper and more colorful, but it also lacks some of the high-end features of the flagship model, currently the iPhone XS. Could it be another failure?

Not at all. In fact, the iPhone XR is Apple's preferred "budget" option, even at $749. Generally, it maintains an important part of what made the iPhone XS great.

Other characteristics

the xr gives amazing agility running the amazing iOS 12, it has a solid primary camera, amazing color scheme, and battery life was the best of any iPhone model in your post.

Yes, the lower-res screen and thicker bezels lose some of the high-end appeal, and one camera isn't nearly as versatile as two. But you still have a nice and modern iPhone mobile for 250 euros less than the iPhone XS.

18. iPhone 11 (2019).

iPhone 11 2019

The iPhone 11 is essentially one of the updated models of the iPhone XR, but the updated branding makes it feel like a more compact edition than before.

And it is rightly updated in relation to the XR, with a second rear camera with ultra wide-angle shooting and new features for the two cameras, as well as incredible agility and an acceptable range of colors.

There's no question that the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the most coveted phones, and the lower screen resolution still seems like a huge must. But since costs go the other way this time around, the huge savings over the Pro makes the iPhone 11 an ideal alternative for most buyers.

19. iPhone 11 PRO (2019).

iPhone 11 PRO 2019

if you really are willing to spend well over $1.000 in a smartphone in 2019-20, you're not going to find anything better than the iPhone 11 Pro.

The Apple branding means nothing more than a clearly narrower phone.

It's the iPhone XS with tons of new features, from an ultra-wide third rear camera, a brighter display, up to a super fast processor and a strong battery.

Plus, that's quite a bit of money for a single smartphone, and it's not going to be to everyone's taste. That's what the level models of the iPhone 11 are for, and this one is for the experts.

20. iPhone 11 PRO MAX (2019).

iPhone 11 PROMAX 2019

The iPhone 11 reached its decisive form with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which is the most important and technologically advanced to date.

Includes the same updates as the iPhone 11 Smaller Pro: A third camera, a brighter display, more capacity, but it also has a colossal 6,5-inch OLED screen and even longer battery life.

Other characteristics

That's incredible, but of course it also has a similar price. €1.149 is still quite a lot of money for a smartphone, especially when there are several cheaper configurations on the market.

But for the crowd that intended to spend a lot of money and having the highlight of the highlight in apple land before the iPhone 12 came out, this phone was the most correct.

21. iPhone 12 (2020)

iPhone 12 2020

It is among the most attractive iPhone models since the innovative iPhone X.

Also it is a basic model that does not sacrifice premium quality after the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR lowered the quality of the screen.

And for those who aren't serious fanboys, it's an edition worth getting, as the virtues of the Pro model seem less critical this time around.

From the novel square shape to the sharp display, the fastest processor in the industry, incredible cameras and slight 5G support, this is among the best phones you can buy today.

22. iPhone 12 MINI (2020).

iPhone 12 MINI 2020
iPhone 12 MINI (2020)

It's right that Apple has listened to a simple group of fans who have longed for the return of one-handed phones for years, but don't want to settle for outdated design or downgraded information.

The iPhone 12 Mini has the same properties than the flagship iPhone 12, but it is smaller.

Other characteristics

With a 5,4-inch display, iPhone 12 Mini packs the punch while still delivering best-in-class performance, amazing cameras, a beautiful new design, and compatibility with 5G networks. It is also €100 cheaper than the base iPhone 12.

The downside is that the battery life is subtly shorter, and if you're used to bigger phones, you probably shouldn't go for the Mini to save some money." But if you've been waiting for a slimmed-down, high-end iPhone, the Mini is a compact delight.

23. iPhone 12 PRO (2020).

iPhone 12 PRO 2020
iPhone 12 PRO (2020)

Honestly, we did not suppose that the Pro model was perhaps the least interesting of the entire iPhone 12 series, but that is due to different causes.

First of all, the base model of the iPhone 12 it is quite superior than the iPhone 11, and it doesn't look much less powerful than the iPhone 12 Pro. It also has the same screen and the same battery size.

Also, the iPhone Pro Max models have other virtues that the iPhone 12 Pro level does not have, such as a larger sensor for the main camera and a much longer battery life. However, if you want an iPhone with a much more interesting touch and not quite big, the Pro will be fine.

24. iPhone 12 PRO MAX (2020).

iPhone 12 PROMAX 2020
iPhone 12 PRO MAX (2020)

While the iPhone 12 level gives the correct stability between price and properties, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, larger in size, give some welcome news if you can avoid the additional €300.

The 6,7-inch OLED display is large and rechargeable, not to mention incredibly bright and vivid.

Other characteristics

Several other elements are very similar to the iPhone 12, such as processor selection and 5G abilities, but the cameras have gotten a little more love here.

Not only do you get a 2,5x telephoto zoom lens, but you also get a prime camera with a larger sensor to better take shots in low light and at night. The battery life is also terrible. It's an amazing phone, but at an amazing price.

25. iPhone SE (2020).

iPhone SE 2020
iPhone SE (2020)

While the second iPhone SE model isn't quite as dazzling this time around, the colossal price difference between the 2020 SE model and other recent iPhone models is significant.

Basically, it's an IPhone 8 mobile with newer technology inside it, using the same A13 Bionic processor than the iPhone 11.

Other characteristics

That means it's very snappy, and the unique rear camera is still as good as ever. However, the battery life is a bit short; honestly, we assumed a longer battery life.

However, at a price of 419 euros, the new entry-level iPhone is an opportunity for more people to access Apple's app store and services.


In this blog we talk about all the iPhone there is, from the first one that went on sale, to the most of today, we gave you its characteristics, virtues, disadvantages and costs. We hope our article has helped you.