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Definition: iPhone versions

Following is a summary of iPhone models since the first iPhone in 2007. The primary enhancements are outlined below. See iPhone, iOS versions and Apple A series.

       Screen  Weight           Storage
 Model   Size  (oz.) Resolution (GB)  CPU

 Xs Max  6.5"  7.3   1242x2688   512  A12
 Xs      5.8"  6.2   1125x2436   512  A12
 Xr      6.1"  6.8    828x1792   256  A12
 8 Plus  5.5"  7.1   1080x1920   256  A11
 8       4.7"  5.2    750x1334   256  A11
 7 Plus  5.5"  6.6   1080x1920   128  A10
 7       4.7"  4.9    750x1334   128  A10

iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr - (September 2018)
Faster processors geared for AI, virtual reality, etc. Top models are the Xs and Xr Max, while the Xr is the entry level in the X series. See iPhone X series.

iPhone 8/8 Plus - (September 2017)
Introduced with the iPhone X, the 8 and 8 Plus have wireless charging and minimum storage of 64GB, twice that of the 7 and 7 Plus. See iPhone 8.

iPhone 7/7 Plus - (September 2016)
Same size as the 6/6 Plus, the 7 and 7 Plus are water resistant with no analog headphone jack for the first time. The 7 Plus camera switches between two lenses. See iPhone 7.

       Screen  Weight           Storage
 Model   Size  (oz.) Resolution (GB)  CPU

 X       5.8"  6.1   1125x2436   256  A11
 SE      4.0   4.0    640x1136   128   A9
 6s Plus 5.5"  6.8   1080x1920   128   A9
 6s      4.7"  5.0    750x1334   128   A9
 6 Plus  5.5"  6.1   1080x1920   128   A8
 6       4.7"  4.6    750x1334   128   A8
 5s      4.0"  4.0    640x1136    64   A7
 5c      4.0"  4.7    640x1136    32   A7
 5       4.0"  4.0    640x1136    64   A6
 4s      3.5"  4.9    640x960     64   A5
 4       3.5"  4.8    640x960     32   A5
 3G S    3.5"  4.8    320x480     32 2298
 3G      3.5"  4.7    320x480     16 0278
 2G      3.5"  4.7    320x480     16 0098

iPhone X - (September 2017)
Thinner bezel on the X, an OLED screen and wireless charging. More biometric recognition (iris, face, etc.). For the first time, an iPhone cost more than USD $1000 with 256GB storage. See iPhone X.

iPhone SE (March 2016)
An entry-level iPhone for people who prefer a smaller phone. See iPhone SE.

iPhone 6s/6s Plus (September 2015)
Same size as the 6 and 6 Plus, the Force Touch feature was added to the 6s/6s Plus. The fingerprint scanner and camera were improved.

iPhone 6/6 Plus - (September 2014)
Thinner with many enhancements and larger screens: iPhone 6 is 4.7"; 6 Plus is 5.5". Apple's first credit card payment system was included (see Apple Pay). See iPhone 6.

iPhone 5s/5c - (September 2013)
Additional motion-sensing processor, fingerprint reader and greatly enhanced camera in the 5s. For the entry-level market, the iPhone 5c was introduced (repurposed 5 with larger battery and colorful cases). See iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS versions.

iPhone 5 - (September 2012)
The taller, thinner iPhone 5 included a larger screen, improved camera, re-designed earbuds and dock connector and support for the higher-speed 4G LTE networks. See iPhone 5 and iOS versions.

iPhone 4s - (October 2011)
The 4s added numerous features, including the Siri voice-based intelligent assistant. Although it looks like the 4, there were internal hardware changes. See iPhone 4s, iOS versions and Siri.

iPhone 4 - (June 2010)
The thinner iPhone 4 offered higher resolution, FaceTime video calling and multitasking. In February 2011, Verizon offered its first iPhone, a CDMA-based iPhone 4. See iPhone 4 and iOS versions.

iPhone 3G S - (June 2009)
The 3G S added a faster processor, video camera, voice phone dialer and improved battery life. With iOS 4, the 3G S finally had multitasking. See iOS versions.

iPhone 3G - (June 2008)
The higher-speed 3G data service was very welcome. The 3G added many improvements, including GPS. However, most significantly, the 3G was introduced with an application platform that made the iPhone a general-purpose computer and turned the mobile world upside down. The 3G also debuted in Canada and other parts of the world (see SIM lock). See iOS versions.

iPhone 2G - (June 2007)
The first iPhone was just plain "iPhone;" however the 2G was added by users to differentiate the first model after the iPhone 3G came out. Introduced in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T, the GSM-based iPhone was greeted with extraordinary enthusiasm (see "Quite a Frenzy" in iPhone). Although users raved, the first iPhone used the 2G GPRS and EDGE data networks, which were painfully slow for surfing the Web. See iOS versions.