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

It’s difficult to believe that the original iPhone could only hold a measly 16 GB of data. Oh, how far we’ve come. There weren’t as many apps, add-ons, and gadgets as we have today—there wasn’t even an App Store yet. It was the beginning of something magnificent: a hand-held product that could browse the internet and a screen you could actually see. It had only 128 MG of memory and a low-res 2.0-megapixel camera—archaic compared to today’s tech. Back then, though, a phone with a camera was a modern marvel in its own right.

Generation 1: iPhone

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

When it comes to internal specs, the iPhone 3G wasn’t doing much to distance itself from the original iPhone. There was still progress—the App Store. The incarnation of the iPhone got its moniker to showcase its 3G connectivity, which was a leap from older models. 3G meant that users could quickly access to the internet without losing their minds.

Generation 2: iPhone 3G

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

The Apple iPhone 3GS gave users a newly minted 32 GB storage system. It’s amazing how quickly the App Store changed the game, from taking photos and listening to music to messing around with apps, smaller storage systems weren’t going to be enough to handle the volume. Strikingly, the camera was upgraded to a 3 MP system, which allowed revolutionary video recording. It was also when Apple introduced Voice Control, although Siri wasn’t yet on the horizon.

Generation 3: iPhone 3GS

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

The iPhone 4 was the first to feature a front-facing camera. It was the true dawning of an era. Just like that, selfies took the world by storm. Groundbreaking Retina display alongside 512 MB of memory was leagues ahead of the iPhone 3GS, which only had 256 MB of memory. While the iPhone 4 was moving up in the world, the cap on storage still topped out at 32 GB.

Generation 4: iPhone 4

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

It was a major leap. The iPhone 4S camera jumped from a respectable 5 MP on the iPhone 4 to a staggering 8 MP. It was also the introduction of a 64 GB storage option, another major contribution, but the memory held at 512 MB. Video featured 1080p, forever changing the landscape of the cellphone camera. It is also where our friend Siri arrived. Within the first week alone, Apple had sold four million units of the iPhone 4S.

Generation 5: iPhone 4S

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

If four million units sounded like a lot, Apple unloaded five million units of the iPhone 5 within a week of its release. Memory was boosted to 1 GB, but the camera remained unchanged. LTE connectivity was standard on the iPhone 5, making 3G look like child’s play. Now the internet was only a click away, no matter the location. The model also gave birth to the Lightning connector. Combined with a larger 4” screen (compared to only 3.5” on older models), the revolution was underway.

Generation 6: iPhone 5

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.
  • Trade-in: iPhone 5’s trade-in prices are now worth this much,
  • 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

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sold a combined nine million units in the first week on the market. For frugal buyers, the iPhone 5c had a plastic cover that made it less expensive. The greatest selling point for this model was the four different colors. As for the iPhone 5s, it rolled out features like dual flash, Touch ID, and slow-motion video, alongside an M7 motion coprocessor, which boosted the phone’s battery life significantly.

Generation 7: iPhone 5S & 5C

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

The changes and advancements from the S editions to newer models aren’t as significant as earlier iPhone improvements. Internally, the iPhone 6 is similar to the iPhone 5s, but the main improvement is the addition of the larger screen. If that wasn’t enough, the iPhone 6 Plus offered an even larger screen. The Retina display was eradicated and, instead, Apple rolled out to the HD features and a new 128 GB storage plan. The memory stayed the same, and the megapixel-level on the camera didn’t increase. Not to be deterred, customers gobbled up 10 million units within the first week of sales.

Generation 8: iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

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

Comparatively, the 6s was a massive leap for apple. The camera jumped from 8 MP to a whopping 12 MP, and the memory skyrocketed from 1 GB to 2 GB. After a viral sensation that accused the phones of being too “bendable,” Apple installed 7000 series aluminum into the 6s to back it up. These models also gave way to the 3D Touch features.

Generation 9: iPhone 6S & 6S Plus

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.

The era of the long-forgotten iPhone SE passed quickly. It contained all the perks of the iPhone 6s, but it was smaller and lacked the 3D Touch option. The model was mainly introduced as an affordable alternative.

Generation 10: iPhone SE

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.

The iPhone 7 release signified the death of the 16 GB base model. The new and improved iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus started at a convenient 32 GB of storage and went all the way up to a massive 256 GB. For style, the Jet-Black color was added to the mix during this run. Compared to other models, the iPhone 7 Plus proved popular with its new dual camera, which featured an impressive zoom. It also contained the upgraded Portrait Mode for users to capture a greater Depth of Field. It wasn’t all upgrades and improvements in the eyes of some users (it was the end of the headphone port, and we didn’t know what we had until it was gone).

Generation 11: iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

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.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models showed the world the magic of wireless charging. The camera now featured improved editing capability and filtering of pictures. Display features were revolutionized with the automatic reduction of blue-light exposure, sharpening images. The wireless lifestyle was becoming more popular as users adapted.

Generation 12: iPhone 8 & 8 Plus

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.

Introducing the iPhone X, the next generation of smartphones. The world would never be the same. The model featured another front-facing camera showcasing the power of Portrait Mode, from breathtaking selfies and awkward family photos to truly capturing your dog’s good side in a Halloween costume—pictures changed forever.

Generation 13: iPhone X

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.

Ignoring the iPhone 9, the XS and XS Max were the primary upgrades from previous models. It was similar to the iPhone X in its front-facing camera, allowing better selfies and memories for a lifetime. The Super Retina HD display was fantastic quality. Yet, the largest leap may have been its A12 bionic chip, boosting the processing power and keeping your battery life intact.

Generation 14.1: iPhone XS

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.

At the same September 2018 event that saw the XS & XS Max release, the iPhone XR was ushered in as the more affordable option. It wasn’t immediately available, so many users chose to wait for it. The XR was smaller than its counterparts, and the display wasn’t as clear, but it wasn’t a significant change. The Liquid Retina HD feature helped bridge the gap and it has a front-facing camera and more color variations than the XS or XS Max.

Generation 14.2: iPhone XR

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

iPhone 11, September 20, 2019: The iPhone 11 has been showcased as the most affordable of Apple’s annual rollout, but it still had enough perks to be one of the year’s most popular models. It boasts a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display with six variations of eye-catching colors. The biggest hit comes in the form of the second camera on the back of the model. You’re not losing any quality either, as both cameras have 12 MP and multiple wide and ultra-wide lenses at your disposal.

iPhone 11 Pro, September 20, 2019: Some dedicated Apple users aren’t fans of the larger screens. If that’s the case, the iPhone 11 Pro is a breath of fresh air. The 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display is a revolutionary, crystal clear offering to handle all your photography needs. In an insane upgrade, featuring three 12 MP HDR camera lenses, effortlessly gifting the user with wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses. The color options aren’t as striking as the traditional iPhone 11, but there are plenty of decent phone cases out there waiting to spruce up the exterior.

iPhone 11 Pro Max, September 20, 2019: The largest – and priciest – model of 2019 is the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Super Retina XDR display is stunning, gelling with its ample 6.5” size. It also includes the same three-lens camera setup featured in the iPhone 11 Pro, providing a gateway into a striking new world of photography. You can expect the same color schemes between the two models, but the main difference is the size of the screen, which might be the kicker for some die-hard Apple fans.

Generation 15: iPhone 11

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.
13 Year Anniversary: Evolution Timeline Of The iPhone & iOS