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iPhone Comparison Chart

A simple chart demonstrating the evolution of the iPhone

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Each successive generation of the iPhone has added new features and, in almost all cases, gotten better. From the original iPhone (which looks kind of old and pokey now, but was a pretty big step forward in terms of ease of use and multitouch) through to the iPhone 5S and 5C, each step in iPhone history has introduced big changes to the iPhone line up.

The chart below compares the hardware specifications of each generation of the iPhone so you can get an easy sense of how things have changed through iPhone history.








iPhone Comparison Chart

iPhone
5S

16GB/
32GB/
64GB

iPhone
5C

16GB/
32GB/
64GB

iPhone
5

16GB/
32GB/
64GB

iPhone
4S

16GB/
32GB/
64GB

iPhone
4

16GB/
32GB
iPhone
3GS

16GB/
32GB
iPhone
3G

8GB/
16GB
iPhone
4GB/
8GB
Songs Held 4,000/
8,000/
16,000
4,000/
8,000/
16,000
4,000/
8,000/
16,000
4,000/
8,000/
16,000
4,000/
8,000
4,000/
8,000
2,000/
4,000
1,000/
2,000
Screen Size** 4 4 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5
Resolution 1136x640 1136x640 1136x640 960x640 960x640 480x320 480x320 480x320
Processor Apple A7 Apple A7 Apple A6 Apple A5 Apple A4 600 Mhz
Samsung
ARM
Cortex-A8
412 Mhz
Samsung
ARM
412 Mhz
Samsung
ARM
Networks Wi-Fi,
4G LTE,
UMTS/
HSDPA/
HSUPA/
3G,
GSM,
CDMA,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
4G LTE,
UMTS/
HSDPA/
HSUPA/
3G,
GSM,
CDMA,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
4G LTE,
UMTS/
HSDPA/
HSUPA/
3G,
GSM,
CDMA,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
UMTS/
HSDPA/
HSUPA/
3G,
GSM,
CDMA,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
UMTS/
HSDPA/
HSUPA/
3G,
GSM,
CDMA,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
UMTS/
3G,
GSM,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
UMTS/
3G,
GSM,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
GSM,
EDGE,
Bluetooth
Carrier AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Verizon
AT&T AT&T AT&T
A-GPS? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Max. OS iOS 7 iOS 7 iOS 7 iOS 7 iOS 7 iOS 5 iOS 4, limited iOS 3
Camera 2 cameras:
8 Megapixel
& 1080p HD
2 cameras:
8 Megapixel
& 1080p HD
2 cameras:
8 Megapixel
& 720p HD
2 cameras:
8 Megapixel
& VGA
2 cameras:
5 Megapixel
& VGA
3 Megapixel 2 Megapixel 2 Megapixel
Records
Video?
1080p HD
at 30 fps
1080p HD
at 30 fps
1080p HD
at 30 fps
1080p HD
at 30 fps
720p HD
at 30 fps
VGA
at 30 fps
No No
FaceTime Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Siri Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Weight
(ounces)
3.96 4.65 3.95 4.9 4.8 4.8 4.7 4.8
Size** 4.87
x 2.31
x .30
4.90
x 2.33
x .35
4.87
x 2.31
x .30
4.5
x 2.31
x .37
4.51
x 2.31
x .37
4.5
x 2.4
x .48
4.5
x 2.4
x .48
4.5
x 2.4
x .46
Battery Life
(in
hours)
Talk: 8
Video: 10
Web: 10
Audio: 40
Talk: 8
Video: 10
Web: 10
Audio: 40
Talk: 8
Video: 10
Web: 10
Audio: 40
Talk: 8
Video: 10
Web: 9
Audio: 40
Talk: 7
Video: 10
Web: 10
Audio: 40
Talk: 5
Video: 10
Web: 9
Audio: 30
Talk: 5
Video: 7
Web: 5
Audio: 24
Talk: 8
Video: 7
Web: 6
Audio: 24
Colors Space Grey,
White,
Gold
Space Grey,
White,
Gold
Black,
White
Black,
White
Black,
White
Black,
White
Black,
White
Black
Price
w/
contract
US$199/
$299
/
$399
$199/
$299
/
$399
$199/
$299
/
$399
$199/
$299
/
$399,
later $99,
then free
$199/
$299,
later $99,
then free
$199/
$299,
later $49,
then free
$199/
$299
$499/
$599,
later $399

** in inches



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