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This article lists and describes the different types of iPhones available.

The iPhone was first released in the USA June 29th 2007.

There are currently 6 main types of iPhone: the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and the latest model the iPhone 5.


iPhone 5

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The new iPhone 5 was announced by Apple on the 12th September, 2012 – and was launched on September 21st.

The iPhone 5 moved to a new new docking system with less pins, much to the dismay of the iPhone accessories industry.

The iPhone 5 features a striking new and updated design different to the previous iPhone 4/4S.

The iPhone features a larger – longer – new 4 inch 16:9 aspect ratio screen. The screen uses Apple’s retina display with 640 x 1,136 pixels at 326 ppi.

The new iPhone 5 uses the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 6.

Like the iPhone 4S the iPhone 5 has Siri the voice search system.

The iPhone 5 is powered by the Apple A6 processor which is 1.3 GHz and dual core. This is combined with 1GB of DDR2-RAM.

The introduction of the iPhone 5 has been generally positive, though users have complained about the removal of Google Maps and the new replacement mapping system from Apple.

The iPhone 5 is available is two colours: black & slate and white & silver.

The iPhone 5 is available in three sizes: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

In the UK the phone can be bought SIM-free, with Pay as You Go, or on a monthly contract.

iPhone 4S

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The iPhone 4S was released October 2011 by Apple.

The phone is identical in design to the iPhone 4, but features a more powerful Dual-core A5 processor and the groundbreaking voice-recognition app Siri.

The iPhone 4S features an improved 8 mega-pixel camera and 1080p HD video recording.

The iPhone 4S is available in both black and white, in the following sizes:

  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB

iPhone 4

The iPhone 4, the fourth and most recent version of the iPhone series was introduced at the WWDC on June 7th, 2010.

The phone started shipping on June 24th, 2010. The white version of the iPhone 4 began shipping 28th April 2011.

The iPhone 4’s features includes the Apple A4 processor, a higher definition 960×640 326 ppi ‘retina’ display, a higher spec 5 megapixel back camera with LED flash, a VGA front-facing camera and a gyroscope which provides greater motion sensitivity.

The iPhone 4 is available in both black and white, in the 8GB size.

iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS was first announced in June 2009 by Apple for release shortly afterwards in June/July/August 2009.

The iPhone 3GS is available in two sizes:

  • 16GB
  • 32GB

As well as two colours:

  • Black
  • White

The iPhone 3GS has an on-board compass allowing for advanced navigation, as well as improved performance and camera.

iPhone 3G

The iPhone 3G was  released on the July 11th 2008.

It is still available in one size:

  • 8GB
  • 16GB (Discontinued)

With one colour:

  • Black


The iPhone was originally launched in two sizes: 4GB and 8GB, though the 4GB model was later discontinued, and a 16GB was launched.

  • 4GB (Discontinued)
  • 8GB (Discontinued)
  • 16GB (Discontinued)


  • Black



iPhone 4 vs iPhone 3GS – a comparison of the iPhone 4 vs the older 3GS from PhoneArena.com.


Another comparison of iPhone 4 vs iPhone 3GS. More technical than the other video.

Article updated September 2012 to include the latest iPhone 5.

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