iPhones in Order (CHRONOLOGICAL)

This list, which began in 2007 (far over a decade ago) and continues all the way up to the iPhone 13 smartphone, lists each and every Apple iPhone model in sequence.

An unpopular opinion, yet iPhones are still quite popular. At Apple’s latest ‘Far Out’ event, the company provided previews of the Apple Watch Series 8 and the new AirPods Pro 2. 

However, the latest iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max were the devices that drew the most attention among consumers.

Even though the latest models represent one of the most significant leaps in camera quality seen in quite some time, ranking the iPhone models in sequence demonstrates precisely how really Apple has kept users of the groundbreaking handsets pleased for the last 15 years by consistently improving the hardware of their products.

1. The iPhone – 2007

The first generation of Apple’s iPhone was introduced on June 29, 2007, and included a display screen that measured 3.5 inches, a thickness of 11.6 millimeters, and an incredible 16 gigabytes of storage space. 

It may not appear to be a lot when particularly compared to phone memory available now, but back then it was an incredible amount. 

It only weighs 135 grams and was quite astounding in that it had 128 megabytes of capacity in it.

It was seen to be revolutionary for its time, and it came at a time when Apple, which had now “reinvented the mobile phone,” was basking in the sunshine of the triumph of the iPhone. 

Apple quickly started development on a new iPhone, with the intention of outperforming its forerunner in every conceivable way. 

Considering the technology that was accessible at that time period, this wasn’t a simple undertaking to do.

2. iPhone 3G – 2008

Apple introduced the “phone you have all been waiting for” in July of 2008, which was just a few months after the initial launch of the iPhone, which occurred prior to the launch of the App Store. 

It had a connection through 3G and had an initial storage capacity of 8 GB, which was very low in comparison to the capacity of its predecessor; however, it was initially made available in 16 GB and 32 GB variants too.

It was 12.3 millimeters in thickness, weighed 133 grams, and featured a 3.5-inch display screen, a 2-megapixel camera, and 128 megabytes of storage space. 

The App Store and the capability to connect to 3G networks are the only significant improvements made to the iPhone 3 in comparison to the first iPhone. 

Despite this, it managed to rack up one million sales in its first weekend of availability. 

It was indeed a remarkable achievement in terms of both marketing and technology, and it cleared the way for the following phone, which once again claimed to be superior to the phone that came before it.

On June 19, 2009, less than 11 months after the revolutionary iPhone3, Apple announced the iPhone 3G(S), leveraging on the popularity of the previous iteration. 

This was done in order to capitalize on the popularity of the iPhone 3. It was thought to be the “most sophisticated” phone that had ever been produced at the time. 

Additionally, one million copies were sold in the first week it was available. 

Apple understood that with the previous debut of its own App Store, 16 GB was just not planning to reduce it, so they introduced this model with 32 GB capacity, and 256MB memory, which was twice as opposed to the 128MB of the iPhone and the iPhone 3G. 

This edition also had a faster A5 processor.

3. iPhone 4 – 2010

After exactly one year and five days, Apple “modified everything again.” they were correct in saying that. 

Apple unveils their virtual assistant known as Siri.

Apple has lately enlarged and upgraded its gadget in all parameters, including a thickness of 9.3 millimeters, a screen size of 3.5 inches, a camera with 5.0 megapixels, and 512 megabytes of storage.

On October 14, 2011, Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, which had a camera with 8 megapixels, a storage capacity of 64 gigabytes, the virtual assistant Siri, and the ability to capture video at a resolution of 1080p. 

Things looked to be going from strength to strength for Apple, as shown by the fact that they sold 4 million handsets in the first week.

4. iPhone 5 – 2012

It was the most significant advancement for iPhone ever since iPhone itself.  

Update: new lightning connections

That very same phone was the first to launch and implement key ground-breaking innovations, including lightning ports, LTE connectivity, and 1 gigabyte of memory. 

During its first week on sale, it was significantly more popular than its forerunner, with 5 million copies being purchased. 

On September 30, 2013, Apple introduced two updated variants of this product, which they referred to as the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S.

The slogan “You’re more powerful than you think” was used as the marketing slogan for the iPhone 5S, which has the ability to record slow-motion video, dual flash, Touch ID, a 4-inch display, and an 8-megapixel camera. 

Despite the fact that the iPhone 5C, which was available in a variety of colors and featured capabilities that were comparable to those of the iPhone 5S, it nevertheless managed to sell more than 9 million copies in total.

5. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus – 2014

Storage capacities of up to 6 GB.

Display with Retina HD resolution, a storage capacity of 128 GB, a screen size of 5.5 inches (Plus), and initial sales of 10 million units during the first week. 

A whole other huge win for Apple, the iPhone X features a camera with a resolution of 12 megapixels and a memory capacity of 2 gigabytes. 

This represents a significant step forward for Apple’s technology, which has continually advanced to levels that are superior to those of its predecessors as well as a number of its competitors.

6. iPhone SE – 2016

A version of the iPhone that costs less.

The iPhone SE was a much cheaper choice than the iPhone 6, and it featured almost everything except for the 3D touch feature that the iPhone 6 had. 

It was, in essence, a more affordable counterpart of the iPhone, that was a device that many people adored but which rapidly fell out of favor. 

The popularity of the iPhone 7 later in the year obscured the relatively minor adjustments to the market for inexpensive smartphones that were made by the SE.

7. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – 2016

There is no longer a headphone jack.

Apple debuted the iPhone 7 many months after the first release of the iPhone SE. It came in a stunning shade of jet black, with a basic choice of 16 gigabytes of storage, as well as 32 gigabytes and 256 gigabytes, and featured a dual camera. 

When Apple did this, they were replacing earbuds with EarPods and a wireless converter. 

Previously, they had used a headphone jack. Due to the very high amount of pre-orders, this phone was an immediate hit the moment it was made available to the public.

8. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus – 2017

By this point, customers had already been used to the type of lifestyle of not having a headphone port, and they liked the superb picture processing and image filtration capabilities of the smartphone. 

The brand-new wireless charging system

The use of a glass cover on the phone’s back in addition to wireless charging turned this predicament into a successful one.

Additionally, the true-tone display ended up being a significant step forward in terms of improvement.

9. iPhone X – 2017

Apple has done away with the home button and replaced it with Face ID.

People fell in love at first sight with this phone as soon as they discovered its Portrait mode, additional front-facing camera, and enhanced display quality. 

Still, as a result of Apple removing the home button from the phone, the company did experience some infrequent negative feedback.

This phone has everything you could want, but it came at a bit of a premium price. However, it was well worth the investment. 

This fundamental model went through a few different revisions. On September 21, 2018, Apple introduced the iPhone XS and XS Max to the public. 

These were fantastic in every way, including their appearance, their camera, and their display, which was Super Retina HD. 

On the other hand, Apple actually took the sarcastic comments about the iPhone 7 devouring the iPhone 9 pretty seriously, since there was never an iPhone 9 released. 

Nevertheless, the A12 Bionic processor improved the efficiency of these phones as well as the battery life they offered.

There was also a variant of this device known as the iPhone XR. It wasn’t even out for a full month when it was unveiled with the iPhone X on October 26, 2018. 

This smartphone was slightly smaller than the XS and XS Max, but it was larger than both the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus. 

It was not as innovative or unique as the iPhone X or the iPhone XS; rather, it was a colorful and more cheap choice. 

Although it was successful, everyone acknowledged that it was not as excellent as the iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max.

10. iPhone 11 – 2019

Additional cameras, bringing the total number to 3

On the same day that a person completed the Naruto Run in Area 51, Apple revealed the cheapest addition to its yearly range, which is nevertheless a strong candidate for the title of 2019’s most popular smartphone. 

The combination of 11 and 12-megapixel cameras on the back and ultra-wide lenses made this an immediate frontrunner. 

On the same day, Apple announced the iPhone 11 Pro, a variant of the iPhone that is somewhat larger and has a conspicuous triple camera on the back. 

The arrival of this phone generated a lot of buzzes, particularly among the meme community.

The 11 Pro included a display with a resolution of Super Retina XDR, as well as 3 cameras with a capacity of 12 megabytes each; nevertheless, it had fewer color selections. 

Additionally, on the same day, Apple introduced the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which is its highest costly smartphone to date. 

The Pro Max had a Super HD Retina XDR display, which was essentially the same as the displays on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11Pro, but it had a screen that was much bigger. 

This proved to be simply sufficient of an improvement to attract many customers upon its arrival, regardless of the price.

11. iPhone 12 – 2020

Super Retina XDR

Apple’s successors to the iPhone 11 were the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini, both of which featured edge-to-edge Super Retina XDR displays and a new Ceramic Shield cover.

According to Apple’s public statement, the Ceramic Shield cover was “the biggest jump in durability ever on iPhone.” The announcement took place on October 13, 2020.

The iPhone 12 had the finest video quality of any smartphone that was available on the market at the time since it was powered by an A14 Bionic processor and had a dual-camera structure that was capable of recording HDR video on Dolby Vision on an Ultra-Wide camera as well as a new Wide camera. 

Its 5G connection, a first for iPhones, also caused attention, with Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Greg Joswiak, declaring it “the beginning of a new era for iPhone” in their announcement. 

This was the first time that 5G connectivity has been included in an iPhone.

12. iPhone 13 – 2021

DigiTimes claimed in May that manufacturing had actually begun for the A15 chip that would be used in the next-generation iPhone. 

This suggested that the introduction of the next iPhone would not be postponed, as it had been in 2020 for the debut of the iPhone 12. 

Apple did, in fact, release the iPhone 13 in September 2021, and with it, the company also released versions of the iPhone 13 in the form of the iPhone 13 small, the iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The design is nearly identical to that of the iPhone 12 models (with the exception of a few completely new color options), but fans were pleased to see that the notch had been greatly reduced.

It would seem that the inside components of the iPhone 13 are of the utmost importance since Apple has jammed in a new CPU, improved cameras, an improved battery, and a number of other improvements.

However, in keeping with the pattern seen in other editions, the charging adaptor does not come with this package. This is a significant omission.

13. iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max – 2022

The brand-new 48MP camera

Apple’s new A16 Bionic chipset is featured in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, both of which were unveiled at the company’s ‘Far Out’ event on September 7, 2022. 

This chipset is said to have advancements to actual quality as well as storage capacity, which should result in more enjoyable gaming effectiveness. 

In addition to the aforementioned, the iPhone 14 Pro Max provides consumers with the first substantial change to the iPhone’s notch design ever since iPhone X. This upgrade was introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro Max. 

The new ‘Dynamic Island’ serves as a notification center in addition to housing the front-facing camera and the facial recognition sensors used for Face ID.

When directly compared to the old standard of 12 megapixels, the resolution on the new iPhone 14 Pro Max has been increased by a factor of four, making it a significant improvement for the iPhone’s camera. 

The main camera on the new iPhone has been increased from 12 to 48 megapixels.

Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via Satellite are 2 additional components that are included with the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. 

These functionalities provide users with access to emergency responders in situations in which they may be unable to move, such as after a car accident or when they do not have access to cellular service or Wi-Fi.

Final Thoughts

Apple invented the first mobile phone with a touch screen, the iPhone. Apple was the pioneer in the mobile world, and ever since 2007, they have continued to produce great products.