Evolution of iPhone - Prices, Released Date Specs of all iPhone - 2007 to 2019

Author : Dinesh Babu B

evolution of iphone

iPhone, from the Iconic company Apple, is celebrating its 12th year anniversary in 2019. In mobile phone industry, iPhone is always something a special one even after how many other competitors come. iPhone is always the King. Let see here the evolution of iPhone from the year 2007 till now.

When comes to Innovation in technology, Apple stands out from the crowd all time. Apple revolutionized the market in many ways, like by introducing mouse in computers, iTunes and iPod in the music industry, and the legendary iPhone in mobile phone Industry.

Whatever Apple introduces in its iPhone model, that will be blindly followed by its competitors. That is the power of iPhone. People all around the globe love to use and own an Apple product which apparently shows the product’s quality and reliability.

In the year 2007, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple then, introduced the first-ever iPhone to the world in Macworld conference. From the event, iPhone fever caught many people and each and every year, the technology industry is eagerly waiting for Apple’s announcement of its next model. After all, iPhones made Apple a trillion-dollar company, the first time in the history.

Let’s go for a recap of the evolution of iPhone from the first model iPhone to the latest model iPhone XR.

Evolution of iPhone


evolution of iphone

This is the first ever iPhone model, which introduced with many advanced features that were ahead of its time. Smartphones then were big in size with keypad or keyboard like Blackberry, Nokia phones, etc. But, under Steve Jobs Apple invented many advanced tech features and implemented them in its first smartphone which makes it a grant success.

Release Date: June 29, 2007

Price: $499 for 4GB, $599 for 8GB

Innovation: Multitouch, Proximity Sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer

Even though 128 MB memory and 2 Megapixel camera seems to be pretty low configuration now, that time it was something different and first of its kind.

iPhone 3G

iphone 3G

After the success of first-generation iPhone, Apple announced its second model with 3G connectivity for the faster internet connectivity. During this time only, Appstore was introduced and iPhone 3G comes with preloaded Appstore.

Release Date: July 11, 2008

Price: $199 for 8GB, $299 for 16GB.

Innovation: 3G, Appstore, Geotagging

iPhone 3GS

iphone 3Gs

‘The fastest most powerful iPhone yet’. This is the slogan of this model and so It was designed with more speed that gives better performance. This is the upgraded version of iPhone 3G and the ‘S’ stands for Speed. On an average, it was twice as fast as iPhone 3G

Release Date: June 8, 2009

Price: $199 for 8GB, $299 for 16GB.

Innovation: Video Recording, Voice control (VoiceOver).

When it was released, it predecessor iPhone 3G was a massive price slash and sold for only $99.

iPhone 4

iPhone 4

iPhone 4 was introduced with very new hardware design, unlike older other iPhone models which makes it thinner, narrower and slightly heavier. Also, it came with Retina Display which gives a high-quality screen display and also with advanced A4 chip makes it powerful and increases battery life.

Release Date: June 24, 2010

Price: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB.

Innovation: Retina Display, Front facing camera, Gyroscope.

It was being the latest iPhone model for a long time, fifteen months, until its successor model released on October 2011.

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iPhone 4S

iphone 4s

4S is really the most amazing iPhone when it was introduced. It came with the mind-blowing voice assistant, SIRI, that can take our command over our voice. Also camera quality was much improved and in this phone GSM was made available with a dedicated sim slot.

Release Date: October 14, 2011

Price: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64 GB

Innovation: SIRI, 1080p Video Recording.

S in iPhone 4S stands for ‘SIRI’

iPhone 5

iphone 5

This model came in a bigger size (4 inches) as compared to older phones and this is the first iPhone that came with 1GB RAM. It is taller and thinner than iPhone 4S with high powered chip and so with good performance.

Release Date: September 21, 2012

Price: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64 GB

Innovation: LTE Connectivity, Lightning Connector

In this phone, 30 pin connector that was used by Apple in other phones were replaced with light 9 pin connector.

iPhone 5S

iphone 5s

iPhone 5S has the same design features as like of iPhone 5. Fingerprint sensor that is being used to lock and unlock phone was introduced in this model which is very exceptional and Apple placed the sensor in the mobile phones home button. After this only, many competitors implemented the same fingerprint sensor in their models.

Release Date: September 20, 2013

Price: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64 GB

Innovation: Touch ID, Dual Flash, Slow-motion video.

This phone came in three colors, gold, space grey, and silver.

iPhone 5C

iphone 5c

This model was introduced along with iPhone 5S. As like in the tagline, ‘For the Colorful’, this phone was available in many colors, blue, green, pink, yellow and white. Other than some color and hardware design, all other specifications and price are same as that of iPhone 5S.

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

iphone 6

From this model, iPhone enters into the larger screen club, that it comes bigger display also along with better performance. It also had major changes in its form factor and it came in a circular edge instead of sharp like its predecessors.

Release Date: September 19, 2014

Price: iPhone 6 - $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, $399 for 128 GB
          iPhone 6plus - $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, $499 for 128 GB

Innovation: Retina HD Display, Optical Image Stabilization.

iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus

iphone 6s

These models are the improved ones of iPhones 6 and 6 plus. Camera quality and the internal memory saw a massive improvement from 8 MP to 12 MP and 1GB to 2GB respectively. The outer case of the phone was made with 7K Aluminum to overcome the bending problem that was seen in the iPhone 6.

Release Date: September 19, 2015

Price: iPhone 6 - $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, $399 for 128 GB
          iPhone 6plus - $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, $499 for 128 GB

Innovation: 3D touch, 7K Aluminum

iPhone SE

iphone se

iPhone SE, Special Edition, was introduced at an affordable price with same form factor(size) of iPhone 5S and also with same specs of iPhone 6S. It is with a square edge, unlike 6S that came with a rounded edge.

Release Date: March 31, 2016

Price: $399 for 16GB and $499 for 64GB.

iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 plus

iphone 7

In this model, camera quality was much more enhanced with more improvement in zoom, portrait mode. Thanks to the software update that enables the user to take perfect photographs. Headphone jacks were removed in these modes and wireless Airpods were introduced.

Release Date: September 16, 2016

Price:  iPhone 7 - $649 for 32GB, $749 for 128GB and $849 for 256 GB
`           iPhone 7 plus - $749 for 32GB, $849 for 128GB and $949 for 256 GB

Innovation: Better Battery, Dust and Water resistance

iPhone 8 & 8 Plus

iphone 8

This phone's design was more or less equal to iPhone 7. Camera quality was improved and filers used in the photos were much more improved. Wireless charging was also introduced in this model.

Release Date: September 22, 2017

Price:  iPhone 7 – Starts at $699
`           iPhone 7 plus – Starts at $799

Innovation: Wireless Charging

iPhone X

iphone X

From this model, iPhone saw a major design change, that is full aspect screen without a home button and also with the famous notch in the screen. Camera quality was also improved much more and the phone looks very glossy.

Release Date: November 3, 2017

Price: Starts at $999

Innovation: Full-screen display, Notch

This is the most expensive iPhone ever.

iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max

iphone xs

These models are similar to iPhone X with some upgrades. A12 was processor was used that improved the performance.

Release Date: September 21, 2018

Price: Starts at $999 and the maximum price is $1449

iPhone XR

iphone xr

iPhone XR is the affordable model that came with the same design features of iPhone XS. Major differences are the lower screen quality than the XS without the liquid retina display, smaller in size and with a single camera.

Release Date: October 26, 2018

Price: Starts at $799

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