Apple iPhone history: Look how much the iPhone has changed

This was where it all started for the iPhone. In many ways it wasn't the first, but it was certainly the most important smartphone launch. (image credit: Apple)
Largely identical to the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G had a slimmer metallic outer edging and the addition of 3G connectivity. (image credit: Apple)
Similar to the 3G in design it featured a faster 600MHz ARM A8 CPU. The 3GS was all about refining and speeding up the experience. (image credit: Apple)
The design and power really stepped up a gear with a 3.5-inch 960 x 480 pixel Retina display. You even got a front camera for FaceTime calls. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone 4S announced by CEO Tim Cook on 4 October 2011; Steve Jobs passed away the following day on 5 October. (image credit: Apple)
With a larger 4-inch display running 1136 x 640 resolution, it brought with it a change in aspect for the iPhone. It also introduced a new connector, Lightning. (image credit: Apple)
Basically the same as the iPhone 5, but with a plastic body. The iPhone 5C was all about colour and fun, with a range of cases to make contrasting designs. (image credit: Apple)
Sticking to the design of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S dropped the home button and introduced Touch ID. (image credit: Apple)
This model saw a jump in size to a 4.7-inch 1334 x 640 screen with 326ppi, with a shift to a metal body, but was blighted by "bendgate". (image credit: Apple)
The same as the iPhone 6 largely except for a bigger 5.5-inch screen. This was Apple recognising the growing trend in big phones. (image credit: Apple)
No visual design change from the iPhone 6 but an upgrade to the aluminium used to make it stronger. It also added a 3D touch screen. (image credit: Apple)
The larger version of the 6S, it too offered a stronger body to fend off bendgate, while the display sat at 5.5-inches. It was powered by Apple's A9 chip. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone SE made the unusual move of shifting back into the older design of the iPhone 5 models for those that wanted something smaller. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Apple didn't do a major redesign for the iPhone 7, although the introduction of Jet Black caused a stir, as did the evolution of (Product) Red. (image credit: Apple)
This larger version of the phone delivered a major difference in features over the smaller 7 model with the introduction of the twin camera on the rear. (image credit: Apple)
The display size and resolution was the same as the iPhone 7, but Apple added True Tone technology in the iPhone 8 moving back to a glass rear design. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone 8 was one of the last models to offer Touch ID as a biometric option with the iPhone X setting the standard for the future iPhones with Face ID. (image credit: Apple)
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone the iPhone X offered an OLED display, Face ID and ditched the home button. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone XR offering an aluminium frame over stainless steel, a single camera over dual and an LCD display over OLED making it much more affordable. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone XS offered an improved camera over the iPhone X, dual-SIM support, A12 Bionic chip and a 512GB storage option. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone XS Max introduced the option of a bigger model of the iPhone X, It came with same improvements as the iPhone XS. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone 11 succeeded the iPhone XR adding new capabilities but still offering something colourful in the process. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone 11 Pro succeeded the iPhone XS with an all-new camera housing, a lovely frosted matte glass finish and plenty of hardware upgrades. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers an identical design to the iPhone 11 Pro but on a larger scale, succeeding the iPhone XS Max. (image credit: Apple)
Four years after the first iPhone SE, Apple released a second version for those that where keen to have a Touch ID enabled smartphone. (image credit: Apple)
The Apple iPhone 12 was revealed in September 2020.  The focus of the iPhone 12 was very much on 5G, and a bright array of colour options. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone 12 saw the release of a mini version that featured the same technical prowess of the larger models but with a smaller 5.4-inch display. (image credit: Apple)
Apple's iPhone 12 Pro boasted a polished surgical stainless-steel casing, 6.1-inch OLED display, IP68 rating, a Super Retina XDR display and 5G. (image credit: Apple)
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max sports the same processor, same 5G connectivity, and same screen tech (albeit at different sizes, of course) to the 12 Pro. (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone 13 saw tweaks over the previous version with a new camera housing, new processor, and refinements to the notch at the top of the display. (image credit: Apple)
Like the iPhone 12 mini - the iPhone 13 mini followed the same tradition and delivered a small iPhone but with the same power as the larger iPhone 13.  (image credit: Apple)
The iPhone 13 Pro came with a new processor, 5G, a faster refresh rate on the screen, and a smaller "notch" at the top of the display. (image credit: Apple)
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max featured an identical setup to the iPhone 13 Pro making this really about screen size rather than other things like the camera..  (image credit: Apple)

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