iPhone

iPhone

iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc.

iPhone ( EYE-fone) is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. All generations of the iPhone use Apple's iOS mobile operating system software.

The first-generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, and multiple new hardware iterations with new iOS releases have been released since. The user interface is built around the device's multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard. It was one of the first mobile phones to eliminate hardware keypads or keyboards.

The iPhone has Wi-Fi and can connect to cellular networks. The iPhone can shoot video, take photos, play music, send and receive email, browse the web, send and receive text messages, follow GPS navigation, record notes, perform mathematical calculations, and receive visual voicemail. Other functionality, such as video games, reference works, and social networking, can be enabled by downloading mobile apps.

As of January 2017, Apple's App Store contained more than 2.2 million applications available for the iPhone. Apple has released twelve generations of iPhone models, each accompanied by one of the twelve major releases of the iOS operating system.

The original first-generation iPhone was a GSM phone and established design precedents, such as a button placement that has persisted throughout all releases and a screen size maintained for the next four iterations. The iPhone 3G added 3G network support, and was followed by the 3GS with improved hardware, the 4 with a metal chassis, higher display resolution and front-facing camera, and the 4S with improved hardware and the voice assistant Siri. The iPhone 5 featured a taller, 4-inch display and Apple's newly introduced Lightning connector. In 2013, Apple released the 5S with improved hardware and a fingerprint reader, and the lower-cost 5C, a version of the 5 with colored plastic casings instead of metal. They were followed by the larger iPhone 6, with models featuring 4.7-and-5.5-inch (120 and 140 mm) displays. The iPhone 6S was introduced the following year, which featured hardware upgrades and support for pressure-sensitive touch inputs, as well as the SE--which featured hardware from the 6S but the smaller form factor of the 5S. In 2016, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which add water resistance, improved system and graphics performance, a new rear dual-camera setup on the Plus model, and new color options, while removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack found on previous models. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were released in 2017, adding a glass back and an improved screen and camera. The iPhone X was released alongside the 8 and 8 Plus, with its highlights being a near bezel-less design, an improved camera and a new facial recognition system, named Face ID, but having no home button, and therefore, no Touch ID. In September 2018, Apple again released 3 new iPhones, which are the iPhone XS, an upgraded version of the since discontinued iPhone X, iPhone XS Max, a larger variant with the series' biggest display as of 2018 and iPhone XR, a lower end version of the iPhone X.

The original iPhone was described as "revolutionary" and a "game-changer" for the mobile phone industry. Subsequent iterations of the iPhone have also garnered praise. The iPhone is one of the most widely used smartphones in the world, and its success has been credited with helping Apple become one of the world's most valuable publicly traded companies.

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September 2018

In September 2018, Apple again released 3 new iPhones, which are the iPhone XS, an upgraded version of the since discontinued iPhone X, iPhone XS Max, a larger variant with the series' biggest display as of 2018 and iPhone XR, a lower end version of the iPhone X.

2017

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were released in 2017, adding a glass back and an improved screen and camera.

2013

In 2013, Apple released the 5S with improved hardware and a fingerprint reader, and the lower-cost 5C, a version of the 5 with colored plastic casings instead of metal.

June 29, 2007

The first-generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, and multiple new hardware iterations with new iOS releases have been released since.

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Samuel Axon
September 28, 2020
Ars Technica
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The Associated Press
September 24, 2020
CTVNews
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James Rogers
September 14, 2020
Fox News
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DNA Web Team
September 14, 2020
DNA India
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Samuel Axon
September 11, 2020
Ars Technica
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John Naughton
September 5, 2020
the Guardian
Tim Cook at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 2018. An update to Apple's operating system this year means big changes for developers and advertisers. Photograph: Marcio José Sánchez/AP
BBC News
September 4, 2020
BBC News
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Sarah Perez
September 1, 2020
TechCrunch
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WIRED Staff
August 29, 2020
Wired
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Scott Wilkinson
August 28, 2020
TechHive
Lots of clean gain and no noise in a tiny package--what's not to like?
Scott Wilkinson
August 28, 2020
TechHive
Lots of clean gain and no noise in a tiny package--what's not to like?
Roman Loyola
August 26, 2020
Macworld
You can get any of the Office 365 apps in the Mac App Store and use your current subscription with them.
Roman Loyola
August 25, 2020
Macworld
The updates are available for Mac, iOS, and iPadOS.
Saritha Rai | Bloomberg
August 25, 2020
@bsindia
Indias 1.3 billion people represent a large, under-served smartphone market that is becoming an increasingly important focus for Apple even as the pandemic rages this year
Steven Levy
August 21, 2020
Wired
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Sarah Perez
August 20, 2020
TechCrunch
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Whitson Gordon
August 20, 2020
Wired
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Mark Sweney and Rob Davies
August 19, 2020
the Guardian
Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, has presided over an almost nine-fold increase in its share price. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images
August 18, 2020
WebWire
Apple today announced two new live global radio offerings on Apple Music, now available to music fans in 165 countries. Beginning today, Beats 1, the flagship global radio station, will be renamed Apple Music 1, and two additional radio stations will launch: Apple Music Hits, celebrating everyone's favorite songs from the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, and Apple Music Country, spotlighting country music. Since Apple Music's launch in 2015, Beats 1 has grown into one of the most-listened-to rad...
Arnab Dutta
August 18, 2020
@bsindia
Wistron to manufacture the device at new Karnataka facility
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