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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)  SoC

 11 Pro Max
         6.5   8.0   1242x2688   512  A13
 11 Pro  5.8   6.6   1125x2436   512  A13
 11      6.1   6.8    828x1792   256  A13
 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

iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max (September 2019)
Major still and video camera enhancements including a 13 mm ultra wide lens on all models and special effects. AI techniques create exceptional detail using all three lenses. 3D Touch dropped in favor of long-press Haptic Touch. See iPhone 11.

iPhone Xr - (September 2018)
Faster processor geared for AI, virtual reality, etc. The Xr was 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.

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

 X       5.8"  6.1   1125x2436   256  A11
 Xs Max  6.5"  7.3   1242x2688   512  A12
 Xs      5.8"  6.2   1125x2436   512  A12
 SE      4.0   4.0    640x1136   128   A9
 7 Plus  5.5"  6.6   1080x1920   128  A10
 7       4.7"  4.9    750x1334   128  A10
 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 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 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 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.

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.