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.

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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).

All iPhone Models Release Dates

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 GenerationRelease Date
iPhone 1st Gen.June 29, 2007
iPhone 3GJuly 11, 2008
iPhone 3GSJune 19, 2009
iPhone 4June 24, 2010
iPhone 4SOctober 14, 2011
iPhone 5September 21, 2012
iPhone 5C & 5SSeptember 20, 2013
iPhone 6 & 6 PlusSeptember 19, 2014
iPhone 6S & 6S PlusSeptember 25, 2015
iPhone SEMarch 31, 2016
iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 PlusSeptember 16, 2016

We will be updating this list as new iPhone models hit the market.

You can learn more about iPhone, the previous and upcoming models on Apple's official iPhone product pages here, compare iPhone models here and but the new iPhone 7 here.

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