Every Apple smartphone launched since 2007

The iPhone has come a long way from its first outing in 2007. Since then, the world has seen 42 iPhone models. Here's looking at how the OG all-touchscreen smartphone has evolved

Every Apple smartphone launched since 2007

If you’ve been following the Apple iPhone lineup since its early days, you’ll be reminded of a time when iPhones were launched following an easy-to-follow numeric fashion. The iPhone 4 followed the iPhone 3GS, and so on. However, things started getting tricky with the ‘s’ series crawling in, and even more so with the Plus models that came with the iPhone 6. 

Today, the iPhone lineup isn’t the simplest to understand. With multiple variants launching each year, and an ‘SE’ series running in parallel, things can get tricky. If you’re someone trying to get a pre-used iPhone or just someone who’s curious, here’s a quick dive into the chronological order of every iPhone ever launched.  

2007 – iPhone

The first iPhone was announced to critical acclaim in 2007, revolutionising the smartphone industry and focusing on the touchscreen form factor. 

2008 – iPhone 3G

The iPhone was followed by the iPhone 3G a year later in 2008, which as the name suggests, brought in support for 3G networks. The design of the phone remained largely unchanged.  

2009 – iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS focused on performance, and while retaining a similar design and 3G capabilities, the 3GS was about twice as fast as the iPhones preceding it.  

Every Apple smartphone launched since 2007

2010 – iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 came in 2010 and brought a larger 4-inch screen for the first time to the iPhones, along with its iconic glass sandwich design.  

2011 – iPhone 4s

The classic design of the iPhone 4 was repeated with the iPhone 4s, which now featured slightly bumped up specifications and the introduction of the Siri voice assistant.  

2012 – iPhone 5

The iPhone got even taller with the iPhone 5, but still featured a screen that measured 4-inches diagonally, albeit with an aspect ratio that was very close to 16:9. The phone retained the glass sandwich design, but with a new dual-tone colour scheme. 

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2013 – iPhone 5s series, iPhone 5c

While the iPhone 5s design was identical to that of the iPhone 5, Apple threw in a faster chipset. The company also took a new approach with the polycarbonate shell iPhone 5c, which users could grab in multiple colours including the never-seen-before green, yellow, and pink. 

2014 – iPhone 6 series

The iPhone 6 featured a new metallic design and was the first iPhone to feature two size variants – the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen.  

Every Apple smartphone launched since 2007

2015 – iPhone 6s series

The trend of a larger Plus variant continued with the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus featured a similar design, but with better performance thanks to a new A9 chip.  

2016 – iPhone 7 series

With a small shift in design, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were available in new colour variants, like matte black and jet black, and were known for being the first iPhones to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack.  

2017 – iPhone X, iPhone 8 series

In 2017, Apple completely changed the design with the iPhone X, also marking 10 years since the launch of the first iPhone. The thick bezels and signature home button were now gone and replaced with a near-bezel-less screen, and a notch on the top that incorporated the front camera and a new Infrared-sensor mechanism for FaceID. With no more buttons on the front of the device, navigation was now completely gesture based.  

Every Apple smartphone launched since 2007

The iPhone X design would go on to influence most future iPhones. However, for people who still wanted the classic iPhone experience, Apple also announced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in 2017, which were direct follow-ups to the iPhone 7 series.  

2018 – iPhone XR, iPhone XS series

From 2018, the new bezel-less, FaceID design became Apple’s priority. As a result, three new phones were announced, all featuring the design. These were the flagship iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, along with an affordable iPhone XR.  

2019 – iPhone 11 series

With the iPhone 11 series, the rather confusing linuep had now become more streamlined. A base iPhone 11 was joined by an iPhone 11 Pro and a larger iPhone 11 Pro Max. While the base variant improved on performance, the Pro versions emphasised on higher-end hardware too, throwing in an extra camera and other tweaks. 

2020 – iPhone 12 series

The iPhone 12 series in 2020 featured four variants instead of three. While the base iPhone 12, the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max succeeded the iPhone 11 series, a new iPhone 12 mini, with a 5.4 inch was also added as a compact alternative to the rest of the series, which featured a 6.1-inch or larger screen. New additions included 5G and MagSafe wireless charging support.  

2021 – iPhone 13 series

The iPhone 13 series also had four variants, all of which were direct successors to the iPhone 12 series. The iPhone 13 series improved the series’ performance and reduced the size of the notch. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max also featured 120Hz refresh rate ProMotion screens.  

Every Apple smartphone launched since 2007

2022 – iPhone 14 series

Apple shuffled the lineup a little last year with the iPhone 14 series. A Plus variant replaced the mini, and users could now also buy a large non-Pro iPhone 14 Plus. The base iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro now had 6.1-inch screens, while the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max sported 6.7-inch screens. The variants were also separated by the Dynamic Island feature, made exclusive to the Pro models.  

2023 – iPhone 15 series

That brings us to 2023 and the new iPhone 15 series, which includes the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and the iPhone 15 Pro Ultra.

The new iPhones follow largely the same design language as the iPhone 14 series, but with new additions like USB-C connectivity, a titanium chassis, and a new A17 Pro chipset on the Pro models that is capable of running console level games with raytracing.

The ‘mute’ switch which has been a staple since the first iPhone also now gives way for a more customisable action button.

iPhone SE Series

Apple also began selling the iPhone SE series from 2016, as a compact, affordable iPhone. The SE series retained the bezels and older TouchID-sporting Home button design but were updated with modern chipsets to make sure performance was closer to the flagship iPhones. Apple made three generations of the iPhone SE series – in 2016, 2020, and 2022.  

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