We compared hardware specs for every iPhone ever made – The Verge


This week marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a look back at how the hardware in Apple’s iconic smartphone has changed and evolved over time?

We’ve gone back and tabulated the specs on all 10 generations of iPhones (plus a couple of spinoffs) for your viewing pleasure. Obviously, the modern iPhone 7 and 7 Plus win out across the board when it comes to almost any metric, but this is less of a competition and more a retrospective — one that highlights what’s become one of the key components of Apple’s success.

The fact of the matter is that none of the iPhone models have ever been the best smartphone when it comes to pure hardware. And even looking at raw numbers, it’s oftentimes hard to pinpoint differences between successive generations. Apple’s strength has always depended on the company’s ability to optimize its hardware and software together for incredible performance. This allows each iPhone version to keep up with — if not surpass — their contemporaries, despite lacking the base firepower of competitors on paper.

It’s hard to say for sure what the next 10 years of iPhones will bring, but if the incredible gap in hardware from the original iPhone and the iPhone 7 is anything to go by, the iPhone of 2027 could be surprisingly similar and yet dramatically more capable.

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iPhone Specification Comparison

Specification iPhone iPhone 3G iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPhone 5 iPhone 5S iPhone 5C iPhone 6 iPhone 6S iPhone SE iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
Specification iPhone iPhone 3G iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPhone 5 iPhone 5S iPhone 5C iPhone 6 iPhone 6S iPhone SE iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
Display 3.5 inches 3.5 inches 3.5 inches 3.5 inches 3.5 inches 4 inches 4 inches 4 inches 4.7 inches 4.7 inches 4 inches 4.7 inches 5.5 inches
Resolution 320 x 480 320 x 480 320 x 480 960 × 640 960 × 640 1136 × 640 1136 × 640 1136 × 640 1334 x 750 1334 x 750 1136 x 640 1334 x 750 1920 x 1080
Processor APL0098 (412 MHz) APL0098 (412 MHz) APL0298 (533 MHz) Apple A4 (800 MHz) Apple A5 (800 MHz, dual-core) Apple A6 (1.3 GHz, dual-core) Apple A7 (1.3 GHz, dual-core) Apple A6 (1.3 GHz, dual-core) Apple A8 (1.4 GHz, dual-core) Apple A9 (1.85 GHz, dual-core) Apple A9 (1.85 GHz, dual-core) A10 Fusion (2.34 GHz, quad-core) A10 Fusion (2.34 GHz, quad-core)
RAM 128MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 512MB 1GB 1GB 1GB 1GB 2GB 2GB 2GB 3GB
Storage 4GB, 8GB, 16GB 8GB, 16GB 8GB, 16GB, 32GB 8GB, 16GB, 32GB 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 8GB, 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB 16GB, 64GB, 128GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera 2 megapixel 2 megapixel 3 megapixel 5 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide)
Front camera N/A N/A N/A 0.3 megapixel 0.3 megapixel 1.2 megapixel 1.2 megapixel 1.2 megapixel 1.2 megapixel 5 megapixel 1.2 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel
Battery 1,400mAh 1,150mAh 1,220 mAh 1,420 mAh 1,432mAh 1,440mAh 1,560 mAh 1,510 mAh 1,810mAh 1,715mAh 1,624mAh 1,960mAh 2,900mAh
Weight 0.30 pounds 0.29 pounds 0.30 pounds 0.30 pounds 0.31 pounds 0.25 pounds 0.25 pounds 0.29 poounds 0.28 pounds 0.31 pounds 0.25 pounds 0.30 pounds 0.41 pounds
Dimensions (in.) 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29
Connector 30-pin 30-pin 30-pin 30-pin 30-pin Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Cellular support 2.5G networks 3G networks 3G networks 3G networks 3G networks 3G and LTE 3G and LTE 3G and LTE 3G and LTE 3G and LTE 3G and LTE 3G and LTE 3G and LTE
Starting price $499 $599 $599 $599 $649 $649 $649 $549 $649 $649 $399 $649 $769
Release date June 29th, 2007 July 11th, 2008 June 19th, 2009 June 24th, 2010 October 14th, 2011 September 21th, 2012 September 20th, 2013 September 20th, 2013 September 19th, 2014 September 25th, 2015 March 31st, 2016 September 16th, 2016 September 16th, 2016
Misc. No third-party apps, brought multitouch touchscreen to market Introduced the App Store with iPhone OS 2, first iPhone with 3G Improved camera and faster processor Introduced high-pixel density "Retina Display" First iPhone with Siri Taller 4-inch screen was a first for iPhone line, as was LTE Introduced Touch ID fingerprint sensor Cheaper, plastic variant of the iPhone 5 released alongside the 5S Also available in larger 5.5-inch Plus model, which features a larger battery “3D Touch”, also available in larger 5.5-inch Plus model, which features a larger battery Fingerprint sensor IP67 water resistance, "Force Touch" home button, no headphone jack Dual-camera system, IP67 water resistance, "Force Touch" home button, no headphone jack

Correction: iPhone 4S release date and the spelling of ‘Lightning’ have been fixed.

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