iPhone Has Been Around for 15 Years – A Little Trip Down the Memory Lane

The iPhone is one of Apple’s most prestigious and best-selling products. Since its release in 2007, the Apple iPhone has been breaking ground in the world of tech with formidable upgrades and reboots. 

15 years down the line, they are still top tier in the phone industry. Let’s take a little trip down memory lane and see how much the Apple iPhone has evolved. 


On 9th January 2007, the late Steve Jobs and his team Apple Inc. released the iPhone — A 3.5-in touch screen mobile phone with Web browsing abilities, a rare camera of 2 megapixels, a home button, and a lot of other wonderful features. 

The iPhone was developed with its own operating system (OS) known as the iPhone Operating System (iOS). The operating system was embedded with a lot of applications, including Apple’s App Store, Photos, Phone, Messages, Notes and iBooks, among others. It also responded a lot faster than the Android operating system at that time. 

iPhone 3G 

iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3G was released in July 2008. It featured an updated iOS (iOS 2.0), a 3.5-in display screen, a storage space of 8GB or 16GB, a 2-megapixel rare camera, and a battery capacity of 1150 mAh. 

Apple introduced the updating of the iOS with the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G was introduced with iOS 2.0 but featured a series of updates up to iOS 4.2.1.

iPhone 3GS 

iPhone 3GS proceeded the iPhone 3G and was released on 19th June 2009. It featured iOS 3.0, an improved rare camera of 3 megapixels, a 1220 mAh battery capacity, a 3.5-in display screen, and storage space of 8GB or 16GB. 

The iOS 3.0 of the iPhone 3GS had updates available up to iOS 6.1.6.

iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 came after the iPhone 3GS. It was released with new technology on 24th June 2010 and set a record as the world’s slimmest smartphone at that time. It was also the first Apple iPhone to feature a front camera. 

It is comprised of stainless steel frame, the iPhone Operating System 4, Apple’s first high-resolution Retina Display, a 3.5-in screen display, a wider storage space ranging from 8GB to 32GB, and a 0.3-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rare camera. 

The last iOS update that was available for the iPhone 4 was iOS 7.1.2. Production was stopped, and the series was discontinued in the month of September 2013. 

iPhone 4S 

iPhone 4S was released on 14th October 2011, a day before CEO Steve Jobs died. The series was discontinued on 9th September 2014. 

It was designed with the same screen display as the iPhone 4, an even wider range of storage space from 8GB to 64GB, a battery capacity of 1430 mAh, a 0.3-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rare camera. 

It was released with iOS 4.0 but had updates available up until iOS 9.3.6.

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iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is the 6th generation of Apple’s iPhone and was released on 21st September 2012. It was the first iPhone that was released in the month of September and set the trend for subsequent iPhone releases.  

It featured a 4-in LCD screen display, storage units of 8GB, 16GB or 64GB, a battery capacity of 1440 mAh, an 8-megapixel rare camera, and an improved front camera with 1.2 megapixels. 

It was released originally with iOS 6 but had updates available up to iOS 10.3.4. Production was stopped in the month of September a year later. 

iPhone 5S and 5C 

The iPhone 5S and 5C were both released on the same day in September 2013. The iPhone 5S featured the same design as the iPhone 5, but this time the lowest storage unit available was 16GB (no longer 8GB like preceding iPhones). 

The iPhone 5C, on the other hand, was designed a little different. The C in iPhone 5C stood for Colour. It had the lowest storage unit starting at 8GB and the highest at 32GB. 

iOS 7.0 was the original OS developed for both the iPhone 5S and 5C. Updates for iPhone 5S were available up until iOS 12.5.5, and for iPhone 5C, updates stopped at iOS 10.3.3.

Photo Credit: Android and Me

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus 

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were both released in the month of September 2014. They both featured new designs with much larger screen displays (4.7-in and 5.5-in, respectively), faster processors, improved cameras and storage units, and Apple’s new fingerprint security. They also support LTE/4G networks. 

The rare camera for both phones was configured with 8 megapixels and 1.5 Focus Pixels, the front camera featured 1.2 Megapixels, and the storage units available ranged from 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. 

iOS 8.0 was originally installed on both phones, but updates were discontinued at iOS 12.5.5. 

iPhone 6 & 6S

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus 

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were released in the month of September 2015. They are both designed exactly like their predecessors iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but with some improved features, including an upgraded front and rare camera (5 megapixel and 12 megapixels, respectively) and a greater battery capacity (1715 mAh for the iPhone 6s and 2750 mAh for the 6s Plus). They were discontinued after the announcement of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. 

They were designed originally with iOS 9.0. Current updates are available up to iOS 15.5.  

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus 

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are 10th generation iPhones that were released in September 2016. They were designed a lot like their predecessors —iPhone 6s and 6s Plus— in terms of size and screen display but were, however, configured with brand new features like resistance to water. 

Apple replaced their home button with a fingerprint scanning sensor and improved the camera once again. Both phones had a 7 MP front camera and a 12 MP rare camera. However, Apple introduced the iPhone 7 Plus, a dual-lens rare camera with portrait mode.

iOS 10.0.1 was initially installed in both models, with updates ending at iOS 15.5. Production was stopped after the announcement of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro in 2019. 

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus 

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus made up the 11th generation of the Apple iPhone number series and were released in the year 2017. They possess extensive similarities with their immediate predecessors, except for the addition of a glass back cover, which in turn, set a new trend for later iPhone models. 

iOS 11.0 was made available for these phones upon release, and updates are currently at iOS 16.0. 

Photo Credit: Apple (iPhone 7/7+/8/8+)

iPhone X 

Apple’s iPhone X also makes up for the 11th generation of the iPhone number series. Released in November 2017 —two months after the iPhone 8— the iPhone X broke ground with its amazing design and captivating qualities. 

Equipped with most features of the iPhone 8 Plus, a screen display of 5.85-in and 3D Touch, the iPhone X was also the first iPhone to introduce facial recognition. It was also released with iOS 11.0.1 and currently can be updated to the latest OS, iOS 16.  

iPhone XS, XS Max and XR 

The iPhone XS, XS Max and XR are all twelfth-generation iPhones that proceed with the iPhone X. In September 2018, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, announced the iPhone X and XS with a lesser variant, the iPhone XR. 

The XS and XS Max had a few major improvements, including dual sim compatibility, an impressive storage capacity of up to 512GB, and a strong resistance to water. 

The iPhone XR, on the other hand, has the special feature of being the only Apple phone to have a single camera and possess portrait mode. It s also the least expensive out of the twelfth-generation trio. 

The twelfth generation iPhones were released with an installed iOS 12 and can currently be updated to iOS 16. 

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iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11. 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the thirteenth generations of the Apple number series, and they were released in September 2019. 

Photo Credit: Apple (iPhone 11)

The iPhone 11 is the least expensive out of the trio. It was designed with a new camera style that has two separate, round camera lenses and bears similar features to the iPhone XS. 

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the first ‘Pro’ designations in the iPhone series. They are designed a lot like the leaser iPhone 11, but this time has three separate round camera lenses and a wider storage capacity. Although, the iPhone 11 Pro Max varies in size from the iPhone 11. 

All thirteenth-generation iPhones were released with iOS 13 and can be updated to iOS 16. 

iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max 

The iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are the fourteenth generation iPhones. They were released between the months of October and November 2020 and were discontinued after the arrival of the iPhone 13. They all support 5G networks. 

iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest of the bunch in terms of size and price. With a display screen of 5.1-in, the iPhone 12 mini was designed to perform features similar to the iPhone 12 and is much more portable. 

The iPhone 12 is the more advanced version of the iPhone 12 mini. It has a display screen of 6.1-in and is designed a lot like an iPhone 11, only that Apple decided to re-introduce the metal frame of the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the “Pro” designations of the iPhone 12. All-Pro-designated iPhones are designed with three camera lenses, just like the iPhone 11 Pro. They both function a lot like the iPhone 12 but with a faster processing unit. 

The iOS 14 was configured with the fourteenth generation of the Apple iPhone number series, and it can the updated to the latest iOS 16. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini
Photo Credit: Apple (iPhone 13 &13 Mini)

iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max 

The iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are the fifteenth generation of the iPhone number series. They were officially released in September 2021. 

The iPhone 13 and its variants are designed a lot like their fourteenth-generation predecessors, only having a few differences like larger camera lenses. 

They were released with the iOS 15 operating system, and updates are currently available for iOS 16. 

iPhone SE 

The iPhone SE series are budget-friendly smartphones that are designed by Apple. There are currently three generations of the iPhone SE series, with the first generation released in 2016, the second in 2020, and the 3rd in 2022. 

The idea behind the iPhone SE was to design smartphones that combine a few features of two or more generations of the ‘number series’ and sell them at prices a little less. 


So there you have it, folks. Apple Inc. has been in the business for a really long time and is going at it even harder. Following the trend, Apple is set to reveal the sixteenth generation of the iPhone number series (iPhone 14 and variants) around September, and I believe that we are all in for another spectacular treat.

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