The first-ever iPhone launched in 2007 and now iPhone came a long way since its arrival.

First iPhone

After months of rumours and speculations, on 9 January 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone. The phone, which did not actually go on sale until June, began at $499 for model 4 GB, $599 for version 8 GB (with a contract for two years). It bid a 3.5-inch  screen, a 2-megapixel camera and the then-new multitouch features won plaudits. Nonetheless, critics said the phone was too expensive to do well on the market.

iPhone 3g

On June 9, 2008, Apple rolled out its successor, iPhone 3G, a year after the original iPhone went on sale. The new model was able to connect 3g-based networks faster, included built-in GPS, offered greater storage and was cheaper. Selling the 8 GB edition for $199, the 16 GB version for $299.The iPhone 3 g was released on July 11 and provided something called location services. “It ‘s going to be a very big deal on the iPhone, “said CEO Steve Jobs.”It’s going to explode.”

iPhone 3gs

Apple Steve Jobs once again announced the next iPhone at WWDC, a faster version called the iPhone 3GS. While the form factor remained unchanged from the previous version, the new iPhone remained twice as fast as its predecessor and ran iPhone 3.0 (the early version of ios 8, due later this month). The 32 GB iPhone 3 gs sold for $299; $199 for a 16 GB model. They also offered an 8 GB iPhone 3 G for $99.The iPhone 3GS was released on June 19, 2009.

iPhone 4

The redesigned iPhone 4 arrived in tandem with the newly-renamed iOS 4 on June 7, 2010, and marked FaceTime’s video chat coming in. Prices stayed unchanged: $199 for standard 16 GB and $299 for version 32 GB. On June 24, it went on sale and announced the arrival of the first “Retina” high-resolution screen.”Once you use a Retina display, you can’t go back,’ said Steve Jobs.

iPhone 4s

In a change of pace, on Oct 4, 2011, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, a few weeks after Steve Jobs stepped down due to health problems. New CEO Tim Cook talked up the dual-core processor for the new phone (the same one used in the iPad 2) and said the 4S would go on sale on Oct 14. Along with the standard sizes of 16 GB and 32 GB. Apple also unveiled a $399-sold, 64 GB version.

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5, the first version to have a 4-inch screen, arrived in San Francisco on Sept. 12, 2012, as CEO Tim Cook proclaimed the faster, slimmer upgrade to the iphone 4S during a 90-minute presentation.”This is the biggest thing happen to iPhone since the (original) iPhone,” he said referring to the first-gen smartphone Steve Jobs has launched in 2007. The iPhone 5 hit the streets on Sept. 21; prices were unchanged for the 16 GB, 32Gb, and 64 GB models.

iPhone 5s and 5c

Last Sept.10, Apple CEO Tim Cook rolled out not one, but two iPhones: the upscale iPhone 5s (now in gold, besides the usual black and white), and the colourful, less expensive iPhone 5C. (The iPhone 5C was essentially a reskinned iPhone 5.) The iPhone 5S got a faster, 64-bit A7 SoC (chip system), Touch ID, and a new movement data processor believed to be the backbone of a modern wave of health and fitness apps. The iPhone 5C with a 16 GB model started at $99; the iPhone 5S with the same amount of storage started $199. Both went on sale Sept 20. 

iPhone 6 and 6plus

Apple unveiled two iPhones for the second year in a row: the iPhone 6, which has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen. Both iPhones sport new A8 processors which are faster and more efficient than models from last year. Both have upgraded cameras as well, and are ready for NFC connections to the new Apple Pay network that will be rolling out in October. Although the iPhone 6 is priced the same as the iPhone 5S of 2013, the Plus edition is also $100 more.

iPhone 6S and 6S plus

Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S plus are meaty upgrades to the 2014 models it is based on. The 6S and 6S plus get new force touch technology called 3D touch, as a well as a beefed-up 12-megapixel light camera that can shoot 4 K video(The 5-megapixel FaceTime camera is also new and designed to take better selfies.) Both phones run on a faster A9 chip, and come in a new colour for 2015:Rose Gold

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

With three major changes, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus looks more like the 2015 models: Apple removed the audio jack, changed the home button to a haptic-based virtual button, and introduced a dual-camera configuration in 7S. The loss of the audio jack, a somewhat controversial move, means that users will have to rely on the Apple-supplied earbuds or use the provided adapter for their old headphones. These phones run on an A10 Fusion quad-core processor and come in two new colours: black (a matte-finish charcoal colour) and the super-shiny Jet Black.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

On Sept. 12, 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with a new Retina HD Display, A11 Bionic Chip glass and aluminium enclosure, and wireless charging. The front and rear glass enclosure that Apple claims to be the most durable glass ever on a smartphone is reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 4S design. True Tone technology adjusts the display’s white balance to match the surrounding light. Redesigned stereo speakers are louder by 25 per cent and deliver deeper bass. Apple calls the A11 Bionic chip “the most powerful and intelligent processor ever on a smartphone.” It features a six-core CPU with two output cores and four efficiency cores, 25% faster than the A10 Fusion Core, respectively. The new iPhones feature an Apple-designed GPU that produces graphics up to 30 per cent faster than the iPhone 7 of 2016. Every model features an improved 12-megapixel camera with a larger (and faster) sensor, a new colour filter, deeper pixels, and capabilities for up to 60fps 4 K video, and up to 240fps 1080p slo-mo. ARKit in iOS 11 enables developers to build AR games and applications that deliver immersive and fluid experiences. Colour variations include grey, silver, space, and a new gold version. Pre-order begins on Sept. 15: Sales in stores begins on Sept. 22

iPhone X

Apple ended its September event with “one more thing.” the iPhone X(“ten) “in commemoration of a decade of iPhones. Starting at $999 for 64 GB, and $1,149 for 256 GB, it is the most expensive iPhone Apple has had in. It includes a redesigned enclosure with glass and stainless steel, wireless charging, and dual cameras. It’s a flagship feature is an edge-to-edge “Super Retina Display,” an OLED display measuring 5.8 inches that supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10. It has a 458ppi pixel resolution, a contrast ratio of 1 million to 1 and the True Tone. Touch ID and Home button for new biometric security have been removed: Face ID. Face ID uses a TrueDepth camera system which consists of a dot projector, an infrared camera and a flood illuminator. The A11 Bionic chip works in conjunction with advanced depth-sensing technology to map and identify the face of a user to safely unlock the iPhone or to make an Apple Pay transaction. Face ID only operates when an iPhone X is viewed directly by the user and is designed to avoid photo spoofing and masks. The TrueDepth camera can also animate emoji, which Apple playingly calls Animoji. The 7-megapixel front-facing camera TrueDepth which enables Face ID also includes auto image stabilisation and provides portrait mode with depth-of-field effect for better selfies. The dual 12-megapixel rear camera provides stabilization of the dual optical image and an improved f/2.4 aperture of the telephoto lens. The new A11 Bionic neural engine, according to Apple, performs up to 600 billion operations per second and is designed for different machine learning algorithms that allow Face ID, Animoji, and other features. Colours are grey with silver and space. Start om pre-order Oct 27: iPhone X will be available November 3.

iPhone XR

The XR has a six-finish aluminium-and-glass design, with improved water resistance and a “Liquid Retina” display of 6.1 inches. It’s available in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256Gb versions, starting at $749 and featuring Apple ‘s second-generation A12 bionic chip Neural Engine — the first 7-nanometer processor in a smartphone. On the TrueDepth selfies camera, which includes support for Memoji and faces tracking for Face ID authentication, portrait mode with depth control is available, whereas the 12-megapixel camera with a wide-angle f/1.8 aperture lens has a new sensor and improved software algorithms for faster focusing and enhanced depth control portraiture. There is support for established iPhone gestures, and haptic touch controls can be used to instantly launch the camera or flashlight from the home screen. Pre-order launch on October 19: sales start on October 26.

iPhone Xs and Xs Max

With 5.8 and 6.5 inches of all screen designs and enhanced scratch and water resistance, Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max both deliver Super Retina OLED displays that support Dolby Vision and HDR10 and have comprehensive colour control in the iOS system; Xs Max has the largest iPhone display to date, with more than 3 million pixels, and the longest battery life-offering up to an hour and longer than the iPhone X. The 12-megapixel dual-camera system provides advanced Portrait mode depth segmentation with the ability to change field depth for pre- and post-capture accurate portrait production control; the new system allows for faster face tracking for Face ID, Memoji and third-party ARKit applications. In addition to an improved dynamic range with better highlight and shadow quality, and four built-in mics a = can record stereo sound, low-light output and image stabilisation have been enhanced for both still photography and video recording. First of all, these models will have Apple’s A12 Bionic Chip with the Neural Engine of the second generation. The new chip design is capable of completing up to 5 trillion operations per second (in its processor, compared to 600 billion). Models in configurations of 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB launch at $999, and $1099, respectively, for Xs and Xs Max. Pre-orders started on September 14, with store availability on Sept 21.

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11, which succeeds the iPhone XR in 2018, is getting a $50 price cut (up to $699), a new colour (purple), a redesigned two-camera system, and a number of upgrades under the hood technology. The screen is a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display, storage is available in 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB options and Apple’s new “Bionic” A13 processor is used on the phone. The camera system features a new ultra-wide camera recording up to 60 frames per second in up to four times the scenery and 4 K footage. It also supports audio zoom, so if you’re zooming in on video, so does the audio, too. The front-facing camera is now a 12-megapixel model that makes selfies with slow motion, dubbed “slofies” by Apple. The camera system now offers a new “night mode” for better, low-light images. The A13 Bionic chip allows an extra hour of use as compared to the 2018 models, according to Apple. Pre-orders start on Sept. 13, with phones on Sept. 20 available in stores.

iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max followed Xs and Xs Max last year, starting at $999. The new phones come in four colours, including a new one (Midnight Green), feature an entirely new three-camera system, and a variety of technology upgrades under the hood. The Screen is either a 5.8 inch or 6.5inch Super Retina XDR display, storage comes in 64GB, 128GB or 256GB options and the phone uses Apple’s new A13 “Bionic” processor. The camera system features a new ultra-wide camera that captures more than four times the scenery and 4K video at up to 60- frames per second. It also supports audio zoom, so if you’re zooming in on video, so does the audio, too. The front-facing camera is now a 12-megapixel model that makes selfies with slow motion, dubbed “slofies” by Apple. The camera system now offers a new “night mode” for better, low-light images. The A13 Bionic chip allows an extra hour of use as compared to the 2018 models, according to Apple. Pre-orders start on Sept. 13, with phones on Sept. 20 available in stores.

iPhone SE

The iPhone SE (2020) is an unusual device combining some modern internal components with a throwback style. From the outside, it’s virtually identical to the iPhone 8, and there aren’t many phones that are as slim and light these days. This means the screen is tiny too, at 4.7 inches, and the battery life is not fantastic. You get the ultra-powerful modern A13 Bionic processor but only a single rear camera. For several people, the main draw will be iOS, which is smooth and sleek, with assured several years of updates. Apple also recommends this phone to those who want to update and continue using iCloud services from an older model.

While the iPhone SE (2020) can provide good performance, its usefulness is limited by the small screen. The rear camera takes excellent daytime stills and video but the low-light output is misleading. Wireless charging and an IP67 water-resistance rating are notable features.

There are plenty of Android models that deliver even more competitive core features at about the same price, but iPhone users would be pleased to have the option of a more affordable model.

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