Looking Back at Every iPhone Model

To celebrate the launch of the iPhone 11, we look back at every generation of iPhone and see how many are still relevant today. iPhone cases

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Looking Back at Every iPhone Model

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I still remember the first time I saw someone using an iPhone. I had just recently bought my first flip phone and seeing somebody scrolling The Facebook on a cell phone and also pulling up iTunes and Safari was just mind-boggling. Looking back, it’s hard to imagine that what seemed so revolutionary is now so quaint, but in honor of the iPhone 11, we’re taking a trip down memory lane.

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From the Beginning

The first iPhone had a 2.0 megapixel camera(!) and a max of 16 GB of storage. The numbers sound silly, but at the time they were truly astonishing. The fact that this was only twelve years ago makes imagining the future even crazier. Following the first iPhone was the iPhone 3G, denoting the switch to the fast-for-the-time 3G cellular network. With the 3GS in 2009, we finally got a 3.0 megapixel camera and 32 gigs of storage. That’s when the floodgates opened.

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The First Squares

The iPhone 4 brought a lot of features that we now consider standard on iPhones (and all smartphones for that matter). The flat, squared-off edges of the front and back brought glass to both sides of the phone, the camera increased to 5.0 megapixels, and Apple incorporated the first front-facing selfie cam into the design. With double the storage and memory, the iPhone 4 was ready to do some heavy lifting. The 4 launched in June 2010. Instagram started October of that same year. Nothing was the same.

The Beginning of the Mobile Photography Revolution

The iPhone 4S debuted in October 2011, a year after Instagram first hit the app store. It brought with it an 8 megapixel camera, 1080 video capabilities, and up to 64 gigs of storage alongside 512 MB of memory. We also met Siri for the first time. The iPhone 5 series came a year later and brought more memory, LTE connectivity (hello scrolling Instagram from anywhere), and a bigger four inch screen(!).

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Modern Times

In 2014, Apple brought the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to market. With screens as large as 5.5 inches and retina displays, the 6 really looked like a miniature computer at the time. 2015 brought the 6s, which delivered a 12 megapixel camera and haptic feedback on the screen. With 2 gigs of memory and a camera that matched the megapixel count of many consumer-grade digital cameras, the iPhone 6s is still relevant today. (The camera on the iPhone 11 still has 12 megapixels. Just sayin.)

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7 Ate 9?

The iPhone 7 is one of the least-common models. It brought dual cameras to improve zoom functionality and infamously deleted the traditional headphone jack, paving the way for Airpods. The iPhone 8 debuted in September 2017, bringing wireless charging, improved in-camera tools, and a more dynamic screen to the iPhone lineup. We still wonder what happened to the iPhone 9, because the next model came out in November 2017 as the iPhone X (which is supposed to be “ten” even though plenty of us still find ourselves saying “ex” to this day).

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iPhone X for Every Occasion

With the X debuting so soon after the 8, it made room for Apple to make a big leap in specs and price. Dual selfie-cams made portrait mode possible on both sides of the phone, and the XS and XS max brought edge-to-edge screens and Super Retina HD displays along with the bionic A12 chip for faster processing and longer battery life. The XR debuted as a more affordable option that uses one rear camera and a slightly less expensive screen to combine top-level specs with a mid-level price point. To this day, it’s one of our favorite iPhones

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Time for 11

The iPhone 11 launched this week and brought yet another round of upgrades to the incredibly popular smartphone platform. We offered a first look at its camera features and just today pre-ordered our own devices to find out what’s different.

Looking back at the generations of iPhone, it’s clear that each one seemed like a big step over its predecessor, but that many of the models from the 6s onward still have plenty of specs that are relevant today. That’s why we still support all of them. Now, you can score a great deal on an iPhone case as we celebrate the legacy of the Apple device in smartphone photography history.

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