All iPhone Models Release Dates
Since the very first iPhone was released back in 2007, Apple continued to release new models with improved specifications and features almost every year. In this post, we will make a list of all the iPhone release dates so far.
From the 1st release about a decade ago to the latest iPhone model, the brand new iPhone 7, Apple released a newer version of its highly popular smartphone, by growing it in size and adding new features and color options. Since the first version, over 1 billion of units were sold worldwide and now iPhone is the second most popular smartphone next to the Android phones (if we consider them as one group).
Similar to the advancement in the Android OS version, the iPhone's operating system, iOS also advanced to the final iOS 10, which is now available on the latest models iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Not only that but also a lot of other things about the iPhones from the phone dimensions, weight, screen sizes, camera properties, hardware and software have gone through major improvements over the last couple of years.
With the iPhone 7's release over the corner, check iPhone 7 release date, and the huge anticipation among the iPhone fans and other smartphone users, we can say that iPhone has a bright future for years to come, with many more new models in the coming years. Sometimes, it may be useful to know when each model was released.
The purpose of this page is to keep track of the release dates of all the previous iPhone models up to now. Now, let's take a look at when was each iPhone model released.
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iPhone Release Dates
With the addition of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple will have released 11 generations of iPhone models by the fourth quarter of 2016. Furthermore, 15 different models will have released so far. Each generation has one or more models and different models in the same generation share the same release date.
iPhone Release Date (1st Gen)
The first iPhone was released in June 29, 2007. Its development had begun in 2004 and it was unveiled to the public on January 9, 2007 by Steve Jobs. The first iPhone model went on sale on June 29, 2007 for $499 (4GB) and $599 (8GB).
iPhone 3G Release Date
The second model in the iPhone universe, the iPhone 3G was released in July 11, 2008.
iPhone 3GS Release Date
iPhone 3GS, which was announced by Apple on June 8, 2009 was released on June 19, 2009. It was available in 8GB and 16GB storage capacity.
iPhone 4 Release Date
iPhone 4 was a major improvement in the series in many aspects. Its black version was released on June 24, 2010 and its white version was released on April 11, 2011.
iPhone 4S Release Date
On October 4, 2011, Apple unveiled iPhone 4S, and then released it on October 14 that year. It sold over 1 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release.
iPhone 5 Release Date
Apple iPhone 5 was announced on September 12, 2012. Introducing considerable enhancements to the iPhone compared to iPhone 4, iPhone 5 was released September 21, 2012.
iPhone 5C & 5S Release Date
Apple unveiled iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S on September 10, 2013, two new models built with the LTE Advanced technology, in five colors. They were released on September 20, 2013.
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Release Date
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were revealed by Apply on September 9, 2014 and released on September 19, 2014. With this models, Apple had increased the screen size of the iPhone considerably, to 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches respectively.
iPhone 6S & 6S Plus Release Date
Apple released iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus on September 25, 2015.
iPhone SE Release Date
The iPhone SE model was released on March 31, 2016.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Release Date
The current latest models of iPhone are unveiled on September 7, 2016 and they are released on September 16, 2016.
The following table will list the release dates for all the iPhone generations so far.
iPhone Release Dates by Generations
|iPhone Generation||Release Date|
|iPhone 1st Gen.||June 29, 2007|
|iPhone 3G||July 11, 2008|
|iPhone 3GS||June 19, 2009|
|iPhone 4||June 24, 2010|
|iPhone 4S||October 14, 2011|
|iPhone 5||September 21, 2012|
|iPhone 5C & 5S||September 20, 2013|
|iPhone 6 & 6 Plus||September 19, 2014|
|iPhone 6S & 6S Plus||September 25, 2015|
|iPhone SE||March 31, 2016|
|iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus||September 16, 2016|
We will be updating this list as new iPhone models hit the market.