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The history of the iPhone in pictures

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iPhone 1st Generation © Jerome Brunet/ZUMA Press/Corbis

iPhone 1st Generation

Price: $499 for the 4GB model ($579 in today's dollars, according to the inflation calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Launched: June 2007

Specs: The iPhone breaks out as a revolutionary mobile device. It's a smartphone and iPod with touch controls, email, web browsing and maps. It features visual voicemail, a 2-megapixel camera and photo management.


iPhone 3G © Richard H. Cohen/Corbis

iPhone 3G

Price: $199 for the 8GB model with a 2-year contract ($222 in today's dollars)

Launched: July 2008

Specs: Apple improves on the 1st generation iPhone with more storage, 3G networking, built-in GPS and new software. It also starts offering the device with a 2-year contract, making it a cheaper upfront investment for consumers. In addition, the App Store launches, opening up new frontiers on how people use their phones.


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iPhone 3GS

Price: $99 for the 8GB model ($111 in today's dollars)

Launched: June 2009

Specs: Up to twice as fast as the 3G, the 3GS is launched with performance improvements, including a longer battery life, a 3-megapixel autofocus camera, easy video recording features and hands-free voice control. Apple, for the 1st time, also introduces a model with 32GB of storage.


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iPhone 4

Price: $199 for the 16GB model ($220 in today's dollars)

Launched: June 2010

Specs: The iPhone 4 sees the introduction of FaceTime, the Retina display and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and HD video recording. It also gets a new processor. The 8GB model is discontinued.


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iPhone 4S

Price: $199 for the 16GB model ($213 in today's dollars)

Launched: October 2011

Specs: The intelligent assistant Siri debuts on the iPhone 4S. Other upgrades include a new dual-core A5 chip for faster performance and improved graphics. It also gets a new camera and 1080p HD resolution video recording. A new 64GB model debuts.


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iPhone 5

Price: $199 for the 16GB model ($209 in today's dollars)

Launched: September 2012

Specs: The iPhone 5 sees a complete redesign. It's thinner, lighter and offers a larger, 4-inch display. This generation gets an A6 chip, making the phone faster with longer battery life. Apple also includes its new maps feature with turn-by-turn navigation in addition to Facebook integration, passbook and updated features to Siri.


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iPhone 5S

Price: $199 for the 16GB model ($206 in today's dollars)

Launched: September 2013

Specs: With the all-new A7 chip, the iPhone 5S becomes the fastest iPhone on the block. This generation features an 8-megapixel camera and Touch ID, a way to unlock the phone via fingerprint. Different color choices are included with this version -- gold, silver or space gray.


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iPhone 5C

Price: $99 for the 16GB model ($102 in today's dollars)

Launched: September 2013

Specs: Apple introduced the 5C as a budget version of the iPhone 5, with an A6 chip, an 8-megapixel camera and a 4-inch display. Consumers have a variety of color choices with this version -- blue, green, pink, yellow and white.


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iPhone 6

Price: $199 for the 16GB model ($202 in today's dollars)

Launched: September 2014

Specs: Apple completely redesigned the iPhone 6 and increased the size to a 4.7-inch HD display. It includes an A8 chip for faster performance and longer battery life. The phone also continuously measures motion data, even when the device is asleep. It's available in gold, silver or space gray. 


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iPhone 6 Plus

Price: $299 for the 16GB model ($304 in today's dollars)

Launched: September 2014

Specs: With a 5.5-inch display, the iPhone 6 Plus is introduced with the iPhone 6 and is dubbed as somewhat of a "phablet." In addition to all of the features of the iPhone 6, the Plus also boasts optical image stabilization.


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iPhone 6S

Price: $199 ($202 in today's dollars) for the 16GB model on a 2-year contract, or $32 per month ($32.49 in today's dollars) through the new iPhone upgrade program -- get a new phone every year

Launched: September 2015

Specs: In addition to a new rose gold color choice, the iPhone 6S debuts with the all-new A9 chip, making it 70% faster than the previous generation processor. Graphic performance is 90% faster. It also gets a brand-new M9 motion processor, a 12-megapixel camera and 3D Touch, which senses force to offer new ways to interact with the phone. Size remains unchanged.


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iPhone 6S Plus

Price: $299 ($304 in today's dollars) for the 16GB model on a 2-year contract or $37 per month ($37.57 in today's dollars) through the iPhone upgrade program.

Launched: September 2015

Specs: The iPhone 6S Plus has all the new innards of the 6S and the added feature of optical image stabilization -- just like on the iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones also get a new Live Photos feature and improved high-definition video. Also, the "Hey, Siri," feature begins working without the need to plug in the iPhone.


iPhone 7 | Courtesy of Apple

iPhone 7

Price: Unknown

Launch date: September 2016

Tentative specs: Like previous generations, the iPhone 7 is expected to come in a 4.7-inch model, according to CNET. Notably, Apple reportedly is getting rid of the headphone jack and adding a pressure-sensitive home button. Storage capacities will likely be higher and the processor is slated to get an update.


iPhone 7 Plus | Courtesy of Apple

iPhone 7 Plus

Price: Unknown

Launch date: September 2016

Tentative specs: Along with all of the features of the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus reportedly will come in a larger 5.5-inch model, like the previous generation. It’s also expected to come with a dual-camera system, exclusive to the Plus.

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