Saturday 22 October 2016

In Pictures: Every iPhone ranked - from worst to best

Published 29/08/2016 | 08:05

Ahead of the release of Apple's ninth-generation iPhone, we've ranked all of the devices produced to date, taking into consideration the design, specs and price.
Ahead of the release of Apple's ninth-generation iPhone, we've ranked all of the devices produced to date, taking into consideration the design, specs and price.
11. iPhone 3GS, 2009 Apple's third iPhone was criticised for being too similar to the 3G and its camera, which didn't have a flash, was only 1MP better. The biggest changes were voice recording and the introduction of copy and paste, which were largely software changes.
10. iPhone 5c, 2013 Apple's attempt an an affordable smartphone, the iPhone 5c went on sale for £469. Like the iPhone 5s it had 1 GB RAM and an 8MP rear-facing camera. But it had less power and didn't have Apple's new "Touch ID" technology. Its brightly-coloured plastic casing wasn't for everyone and Apple didn't repeat the experiment into low-cost hardware.
10. iPhone 5, 2012 The iPhone 5 was slightly taller, thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and came with an aluminium casing. The £529 phone had a much better screen than the iPhone 4s, a better selfie camera and double the amount of RAM. But it was lacking in a lot of the new features available on Android, such as an NFC chip and wireless charging.
8. iPhone 4s, 2011 The iPhone 4s introduced Siri and a much better rear-facing camera: where the iPhone 4 had a 5MP camera, the 4s had 8MP. It was also the first phone to come in the 64GB size.
6. iPhone SE, 2016 For the SE Apple took some of the best features from the iPhone 6s and squeezed them into a 4-inch, lower-cost handset that remains visually the same as the 2013 iPhone 5s and starts at £359. It has an NFC chip, 12MP camera, A9 processor, and comes in rose gold.
7. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, 2015 The second generation of Apple's plus-sized iPhone, the 6s and 6s Plus have a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front one, compared with the 8MP and 5.5MP of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It also comes with "3D Touch" and a faster processor.
5. iPhone 5s, 2013 The iPhone 5s was the first iPhone to have Touch ID, and came with iOS 7, which had a completely new, modern look aesthetic.
4. 1st generation iPhone, 2007 When the first iPhone was introduced in 2007 it was "five years ahead of any other mobile phone", according to Steve Jobs. It had limited functionality in the early days - including not being able to connect to the internet without WiFi - but it marked the first time that people were able to go online on a phone as easily as they might send a text message. One of the fastest and best looking smartphones on the market at the time, it cost £269.
3. iPhone 3G, 2008 The second-generation iPhone was the first that introduced the App Store and third-party applications. The move was a watershed moment for mobile phones as it paved the way for how we use phones today. It looked similar to the original iPhone, but had upgraded software and cost £50 more at £299.99.
2. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 2014 Apple's first plus-sized iPhone, the 6 and 6 Plus were a significant step forward in design from the 5s. With much bigger screens and sleek, curved edges, it is by far the best looking phone that Apple has made.
1. iPhone 4, 2010 The iPhone 4 remains Apple's most radical handset to date. It was the first to have a retina screen and had a brand new shape with an all-glass case. The phone remains so popular among design-lovers that rumours suggest Apple may return to an all-glass case for its 10th anniversary handset in 2017. Despite a hefty £499 price tag, Apple sold nearly twice as many iPhone 4 handsets in the first weekend than it had the previous three phones.
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