iPhone Timeline: iOS & iPhone Evolution 2007-2020

13 Year History Of The Releases

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Apple iPhone Evolution Timeline

At the Macworld convention in January 2007, Steve Jobs came on stage to announce they were about to launch a phone, a few months later on June 29th, 2007 the original iPhone was born and released to the public. The iPhone was the first touch screen phone to have a build in MP3 player (iPod) and a fully working web browser, it really was a fantastic innovation. The iPhone sold over one billion phones in the first 9 years and made up 53.89% of Apple’s revenue in 2019.

Cell phone trade-in site, BankMyCell created the evolution of the iPhone with all the key figures here in this lovely graphic! Visually explore the aesthetic changes of each device along with the yearly sales, stock prices and key iOS feature releases that brought people into Apple’s eco-system.

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Infographic: Evolution of the iPhone and iOS

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2007: iPhone Release Timeline

Generation 1: iPhone Release Date

  • Release Order: 1st – The original iPhone was released on June  29,  2007, and was the first generation.
  • Price: The generation 1 iPhone launched in the United States with a retail price of $499.
  • Sales: The first-generation iPhone sold 1.39 million units in 2007.

OS 1.0 Release Date

  • Released: The original OS was released on June 29, 2007.
  • OS Version History: OS 1.0 | 1.1

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL Release: 15.4504
  • AAPL Close: 25.0772

Key OS 1 Features

  • iPod Integration: The built in iPod gave Apple a great unique selling point
  • iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store: Capability to download music directly to your iPhone’s iPod app
  • Mobile Safari Web Browser: Users can explore the web with a fully operational Safari browser
  • Google Maps: Shockingly good Google Maps integration with pinch-to-zoom functionality
  • Multi-Touch Software Keyboard: Apple launched the first user friendly touch screen keyboard

2008: iPhone 3G Release Timeline

Generation 2: iPhone 3G Release Date

  • Release Order: 2nd – The iPhone 3G was released on July  11,  2008, and was the second generation.
  • Price: The iPhone 3G launched in the United States with a retail price of $599.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 11.63 million units in 2008.

OS 2.0 Release Date

  • Released: The OS 2.0 was released on July 11, 2008
  • OS Version History: iOS 2.0 | 2.1 | 2.2

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL Release: 21.8489
  • AAPL Close: 10.8054

Key iOS 2 Features

  • App Store & 3rd Party Apps: Apple users could get 500 third-party apps from the App Store
  • GPS Navigation: Ability to use navigation systems over network and Wi-Fi
  • Microsoft Exchange support: Integration for MS Exchange push email, contacts and calendar data
  • Scientific Calculator: With increased functions, users could conduct more complex calculations
  • MobileMe: Cloud based service for email, calendar and contact sync

2009: iPhone 3GS Release Timeline

Generation 3: iPhone 3GS Release Date

  • Release Order: 3rd – The iPhone 3GS was released on June  19,  2009, and was the third generation.
  • Price: The iPhone 3GS launched in the United States with a retail price of $599.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 20.73 million units in 2009.

iOS 3.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 3.0 was released on June 17, 2009
  • OS Version History: iOS 3.0 | 3.1 | 3.2

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL Release: 17.6584
  • AAPL Close: 26.6790

Key iOS 3 Features

  • Camcorder: The camera upgrade enabled VGA recording at 30fps
  • MMS: Photos and voice recordings could now be sent via messages
  • Spotlight Search: People can search their iPhone for content
  • Voice Control: Users can perform basic voice commands like “call John Smith”
  • Copy, Cut and Paste: Users could now highlight text and perform basic copy/cut/paste functions

2010: iPhone 4 Release Timeline

Generation 4: iPhone 4 Release Date

  • Release Order: 4th – The iPhone 4 was released on June  21,  2010, and was the fourth generation.
  • Price: The iPhone 4 launched in the United States with a retail price of $599.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 39.99 million units in 2010.

iOS 4.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 4.0 was released on June 21, 2010
  • OS Version History: iOS 4.0 | 4.1 | 4.2 | 4.3

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL Release: 17.6584
  • AAPL Close: 26.6790

Key iOS 4 Features

  • Facetime: Virtual face to face video calls with iPhone users over Wi-Fi
  • HD Recording: High definition recording and autofocus introduced to the native camera
  • Multitasking: A limited amount of app functions could now run in the background
  • Folders: The pages of home screen apps could now be organized into folders
  • Game Centre: Socializing gameplay, share with friends, track scores and more

2011: iPhone 4S Release Timeline

Generation 5: iPhone 4S Release Date

  • Release Order: 5th – The iPhone 4S was released on October  14,  2011, and was the fifth generation.
  • Price: The iPhone 4S launched in the United States with a retail price of $649.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 72.3 million units in 2011.

iOS 5.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 5.0 was released on October 12, 2011
  • OS Version History: iOS 5.0 | 5.1

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL Release: 53.4258
  • AAPL Close: 51.2736

Key iOS 5 Features

  • Siri: The intelligent voice assistant that expanded voice command functions
  • iMessages: Free Apple to Apple messaging aimed to take on BlackBerry’s BBM service
  • iCloud: MobileMe was replaced, and now you could sync all Apple devices automatically
  • iTunes Wi-Fi Sync: When your device is charging you can sync iTunes over Wi-Fi
  • Newsstand: Newspapers, magazines and articles could now be downloaded

2012: iPhone 5 Release Timeline

Generation 6: iPhone 5 Release Date

  • Release Order: 6th – The iPhone 5 was released on September  21,  2012, and was the sixth generation.
  • Price: The iPhone 5 launched in the United States with a retail price of $649.
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  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 125.03 million units in 2012.

iOS 6.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 6.0 was released on September 19, 2012
  • OS Version History: iOS 6.0 | 6.1

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL Release: 89.0114
  • AAPL Close: 67.9828

Key iOS 6 Features

  • Apple Maps: Google Maps was replaced by Apple’s TomTom powered map system
  • Passbook: Go paperless and scan boarding passes, tickets and cards on your iPhone
  • 3G/LTE Facetime: Removal of the Wi-Fi requirement to make video calls to Apple users
  • Panoramic Photos: This camera upgrade let uses take 360 degree panoramic pictures
  • Photo Sharing: Share photo stream selections with your friends

2013: iPhone 5S & 5C Release Timeline

Generation 7: iPhone 5S & 5C Release Date

  • Release Order: 7th – The iPhone 5 was released on September  20,  2013, and was the seventh generation.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone 5C was $549, and the iPhone 5S was $649
  • Trade-in: See how much they’re worth to sell and trade-in now: iPhone 5SiPhone 5C.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 150.26 million units in 2013.

iOS 7.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 7.0 was released on September 18, 2013
  • OS Version History: iOS 7.0 | 7.1

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL Release: 60.8484
  • AAPL Close: 73.4624

Key iOS 7 Features

  • Fingerprint Touch ID: Fingerprint scanner provided as an alternative to the login passcode
  • Airdrop: Use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to send files quickly between Apple devices
  • Control Center: Swiping up on the home screen gives you a multitude of useful shortcuts
  • Multitasking Upgrade: Apps can download data via push and trigger in strong data connection areas
  • FaceTime Audio: Use data to voice call friends over Wi-Fi and 3G/LTE

2014: iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Release Timeline

Generation 8: iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Release Date

  • Release Order: 8th generation – The iPhone 6 & 6 Plus were released on September  19,  2014.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone 6 was $649, and the iPhone 6 Plus was $749
  • Trade-in: See how much they’re worth to sell and trade-in now: iPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 169.22 million units in 2014.

iOS 8.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 8.0 was released on September 17, 2014
  • OS Version History: iOS 8.0 | 8.1 | 8.2 | 8.3 | 8.4

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL Release: 94.0783
  • AAPL Close: 103.3009

Key iOS 8 Features

  • Apple Pay: Contactless payment with fingerprint authorization via your iPhone
  • Health App: Collective health data from 3rd party apps, with emergency data and contacts
  • Family Sharing: Advanced parental control around purchases, and file sharing capabilities
  • iCloud Drive: Opening up your phones storage to a complete Cloud drive
  • Continuity: Seamlessly take and make calls or messages from all your Apple devices

2015: iPhone 6S & 6S Plus Release Timeline

Generation 9: iPhone 6S & 6S Plus Release Date

  • Release Order: 9th generation – The iPhone 6S & 6S Plus were released on September 25, 2015.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone 6 was $649, and the iPhone 6 Plus was $749
  • Trade-in: See how much they’re worth to sell and trade-in now: iPhone 6SiPhone 6S Plus.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 231.22 million units in 2015.

iOS 9.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 9.0 was released on September 16, 2015
  • OS Version History: iOS 9.0 | 9.1 | 9.2 | 9.3

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL 6S & 6S Plus Release: 108.7101
  • AAPL Close: 107.18

Key iOS 9 Features

  • Apple Maps: The new polished version of Apple Maps distances itself from previous blunders
  • Delete Built In Apps: Finally you can remove apps that are pre-installed on your iPhone
  • Home App: One app compatible with all HomeKit devices to control your smart home.
  • iMessage Apps: Install apps from within iMessage to send money to friends, group order food and more
  • Improved Lock Screen: Interact with notifications, quick access to the camera and music playback

2016: iPhone SE, 7 & 7 Plus Release Timeline

Generation 10: iPhone SE Release Date

  • Release Order: 10th generation – The iPhone SE was released on March  31,  2016.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone SE was $399.
  • Trade-in: See how much it’s worth to sell and trade-in now: iPhone SE
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 211.88 million units in 2016.

Generation 11: iPhone 7 & 7 Plus Release Date

  • Release Order: 11th generation – The iPhone 7 & 7 Plus were released on September  16,  2016.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone 7 was $649, and the iPhone 7 Plus was $749
  • Trade-in: See how much they’re worth to sell and trade-in now: iPhone 7iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 211.88 million units in 2016.

iOS 10.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 10.0 was released on September 13, 2016
  • OS Version History: iOS 10.0 | 10.1 | 10.2 | 10.3

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL SE Release: 104.2919
  • AAPL 7 Release: 111.2342
  • AAPL Close: 112.6871

Key iOS 10 Features

  • Apple Maps: The new polished version of Apple Maps distances itself from previous blunders
  • Delete Built In Apps: Finally you can remove apps that are pre-installed on your iPhone
  • Home App: One app compatible with all HomeKit devices to control your smart home.
  • iMessage Apps: Install apps from within iMessage to send money to friends, group order food and more
  • Improved Lock Screen: Interact with notifications, quick access to the camera and music playback

2017: iPhone X, 8 & 8 Plus Release Timeline

Generation 12: iPhone 8 & 8 Plus Release Date

  • Release Order: 12th generation – The iPhone 8 & 8 Plus were released on September  22,  2017.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone 8 was $699, and the iPhone 8 Plus was $799
  • Trade-in: See how much they’re worth to sell and trade-in now: iPhone 8 PlusiPhone 8.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 216.76 million units in 2017.

Generation 13: iPhone X Release Date

  • Release Order: 13th generation – The iPhone X was released on November  3,  2017.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone X was $999.
  • Trade-in: See how much it’s worth to sell and trade-in now:  iPhone X
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 216.76 million units in 2017.

iOS 11.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 11.0 was released on September 19, 2017
  • OS Version History: iOS 11.0 | 11.1 | 11.2 | 11.3 | 11.4

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL 8 Release: 149.6294
  • AAPL X Release: 169.9327
  • AAPL Close: 167.3126

Key iOS 11 Features

  • Siri Translations: Siri gets more updates, like ‘type to Siri’ and the ability to translate anything for you
  • Photo Compression: In settings you can compress your photos, meaning you can store twice as many
  • Animoji (iPhone X+): Pre-defined augmented characters that interact with you through the front camera
  • Files App: The Files App let you perform desktop style file sorting on a mobile OS
  • Custom Control Centre: Add the functions you need quick access to in your Control Centre

2018: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR Release Timeline

Generation 14.1: iPhone XS / XS Max Release Date

  • Release Order: 14th generation – The iPhone XS & XS Max were released on September  21,  2018.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone XS was $999. and the iPhone XS Max was $1099
  • Trade-in: See how much they’re worth to sell and trade-in now:  iPhone XSiPhone XS Max
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 217.73 million units in 2018.

Generation 14.2: iPhone XR Release Date

  • Release Order: 14th generation – The iPhone XR was released on October  26,  2018.
  • Price: The United States retail price for the iPhone XR was $749.
  • Trade-in: See how much it’s worth to sell and trade-in now:  iPhone XR.
  • Sales: In terms of total iPhone sales, Apple sold 217.73 million units in 2018.

iOS 12.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 12.0 was released on September 17, 2018
  • OS Version History: iOS 12.0 | 12.1 | 12.2 | 12.3 | 12.4

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL XS Release: 217.6600
  • AAPL XR Release: 216.3000
  • AAPL Close: 160.89

Key iOS 12 Features

  • Screen Time: Set app limits and manage you and your family’s smartphone addiction
  • Memoji (iPhone X+): In the messages app you can create an augmented character through the front camera
  • Siri Shortcuts: Add custom actions via voice recordings for Siri to make life easier
  • Group FaceTime: Chat with up to 32 people simultaneously over Wi-Fi or 3G/LTE
  • Password Management: Keychain now works with apps rather than just Safari, with more management settings

2019: iPhone 11 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max Release Timeline

Generation 15: iPhone 11 / Pro / Pro Max Release Date

  • Release Order: 15th generation – The iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max were released on September 20, 2019.
  • Price: The US retail launch prices were, iPhone 11 $699, iPhone 11 Pro $999 iPhone 11 Pro Max $1099
  • Trade-in: See how much they’re worth to sell and trade-in now: iPhone 11iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11 Pro
  • Sales: TBC

iOS 13.0 Release Date

  • Released: Apple’s iOS 13.0 was released on September 19, 2019
  • OS Version History: iOS 13.0 | 13.1 | 13.2 | 13.3

Apple Stock (AAPL)

  • AAPL 11 Release: 217.08
  • AAPL Close: 293.65

Key iOS 13 Features

  • Dark Mode: Dark color scheme to the whole iOS interface.
  • Revamped Maps App: Rebuilt version of Apple Maps with street view.
  • Siri Update: My shortcuts screen and neural text to speech software voice improvements.
  • Smart Photos App: Portrait lighting, photo and video editing improvements.
  • Health App: Improved Health app improves women’s health tracking.
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