The iPhone 6 is the eighth and current generation iPhone.
|Manufacturer||Foxconn (on contract)|
Original: June 29, 2007
6 and 6 Plus: September 19, 2014
|Units sold||250 million (since September 2007)|
|Power||Built-in rechargeable Li-Po battery
1st gen: 3.7 V 5.18 W·h (1400 mA·h)
3G: 3.7 V 4.12 W·h (1150 mA·h)
3GS 3.7 V 4.51 W·h (1219 mA·h)
4: 3.7 V 5.25 W·h (1420 mA·h)
4S: 3.7 V 5.3 W·h (1432 mA·h)
5: 3.8 V 5.45 W·h (1440 mA·h)
|System-on-chip used||1st gen:
4: Apple A4
4S: Apple A5
5 and 5C: Apple A6
5S: Apple A7
6 and 6 Plus: Apple A8
|CPU||1st gen and 3G:
Samsung 32-bit RISC ARM 1176JZ(F)-S v1.0
600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8
800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8
800 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
1.3 GHz dual core Apple A6
|Memory||1st gen and 3G:
128 MB LPDDR DRAM (137 MHz)
256 MB LPDDR DRAM (200 MHz)
512 MB LPDDR2 DRAM (200 MHz)
512 MB LPDDR2 DRAM
1 GB LPDDR2 DRAM
|Storage||4, 8, 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB flash memory|
|Display||1st gen and 3G:
3.5 in (89 mm)
3:2 aspect ratio, scratch-resistant glossy glass covered screen, 262,144-color (18-bit) TN LCD, 480×320 px (HVGA) at 163 ppi, 200:1 contrast ratio
In addition to prior, features a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, and 262,144-color (18-bit) TN LCD with hardware spatial dithering
4 and 4S:
3.5 in (89 mm), 3:2 aspect ratio, aluminosilicate glass covered 16,777,216-color (24-bit) IPS LCD screen, 960×640 px at 326 ppi, 800:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd⁄m² max brightness
4.0 in (100 mm);16:9 aspect ratio;1136 x 640 px screen resolution at 326 ppi
|Graphics||1st gen and 3G:
PowerVR MBX Lite 3D GPU (103 MHz)
PowerVR SGX535 GPU
PowerVR SGX535 GPU
PowerVR SGX543MP2 (2-core) GPU
PowerVR SGX543MP3 (3-core) GPU
|Online services||iTunes Store, App Store, iCloud, iBooks, Passbook|
115 mm (4.5 in) H
61 mm (2.4 in) W
11.6 mm (0.46 in) D
3G and 3GS:
115.5 mm (4.55 in) H
62.1 mm (2.44 in) W
12.3 mm (0.48 in) D
4 and 4S:
115.2 mm (4.54 in) H
58.6 mm (2.31 in) W
9.3 mm (0.37 in) D
123.8 mm (4.87 in) H
58.6 mm (2.31 in) W
7.6 mm (0.30 in) D
|Weight||1st gen and 3GS:
135 g (4.8 oz)
133 g (4.7 oz)
137 g (4.8 oz)
140 g (4.9 oz)
112 g (4.0 oz)
|Related articles||iPad, iPod Touch|
The iPhone is a mobile phone with Wi-Fi made by Apple Inc. It does many things that a computer can do, but is small enough to fit in someone's hand. It is a mobile smartphone, meaning that it makes calls without wires. It can access the Internet as well. Like an iPod, it plays music and videos that have been put on it from a big computer, which is called syncing. It also has a calendar and camera, and can send text messages. People use the iPhone by touching the screen with a finger or two. This is done by tapping, dragging, and even typing on a keyboard shown on the screen. The first-generation iPhone can run iPhone OS 3.1.3, the iPhone 3G can run iOS 4.2.1, and the iPhone 3GS can run iOS 6.1.6. The iPhone 4S and later can run the newest version of iOS, iOS 8.
History[change | change source]
There have been ten types of iPhone models. The original iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. On July 11, 2008, the iPhone 3G was released which, hence the name, got upgraded with 3G wireless internet. On June 17, 2009, Apple released the iPhone 3GS which featured a compass and a 3.2 megapixel video camera. On June 24, 2010, a new version of the iPhone, the iPhone 4, was released. It has FaceTime included, and has an updated operating system that allows quicker navigation of all the features. The iPhone 4 also has more pixels on the screen than previous version of the iPhone, which makes all features such as pictures and videos look sharper. A minor upgrade to the iPhone 4 was the iPhone 4S, which came on October 14, 2011, with a new feature called Siri, which is a voice activation system. The iPhone 5 was released on September 21, 2012. The most noticeable change is its bigger 4 inch screen. On September 10, 2013, two new iPhones called the 5C and 5S were announced. They were released on September 20, 2013. The iPhone 5S has a new unlocking system called Touch ID which reads your fingerprint. The iPhone 5C is a cheaper model of the iPhone 5S which is also the first iPhone available in different colors that aren't black and white. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released on September 19, 2014. They both have bigger screens than the iPhone 5, measuring at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively.
In most places, the iPhone is only allowed with carriers (cellphone service providers) that Apple has an agreement with. Someone who buys an iPhone also signs a contract with the carrier, which is an agreement to pay for their services. A mobile phone contract usually lasts for one or two years, and the person buying the phone pays the carrier every month. At first, they pay less than the iPhone is worth because they will pay the rest later through fees as part of their contract. The contract also says the iPhone may only be used on their network. However, some people do not like that, so they 'unlock' their iPhone so it can be used with other carriers. Other people "jailbreak" their iPhones to allow it to do more things. Apple does not allow many of these changes. In hopes of discouraging this, Apple voids the warranty when an iPhone is "unlocked" or "jailbroken." Though in August 2011 jailbreaking was declared legal.
Apple made a Software Development Kit for the iPhone, which lets people make their own software for it. However, the software cannot be sold without Apple's permission. The software is sold at the App Store. More than a million of apps are available to buy.
Models[change | change source]
|Model||Image||Storage space||Changes||Connection||Original release date||Original Pricing (USD)||Minimum OS to sync|
|Original||4, 8, 16 GB||First model with many multimedia features such as Safari (either Wi-Fi or 2G), Music, Camera, and more.||USB||29 June 2007||$499, $699, $899||Mac: 10.4/10.5
|3G||8, 16 GB||Featured a GPS, 3G (faster internet) and a new, black plastic back rather than the metal back on the previous iPhone. A white model was also released.||USB||11 July 2008||$499, $699, $899||Mac: 10.5
|3GS||8, 16, 32 GB||Featured video recording and a compass.||USB||19 June 2009||$599, $799, $999||Mac: 10.5/10,6
|4||8, 16, 32 GB||Totally redesigned with a glass back instead of plastic, and a metal band around the edge of the phone. Features a camera facing the user for "FaceTime" video calling and a much better screen and camera.||USB||24 June 2010||$599, $699, $799||Mac: 10.6/10.7
Windows: Windows 7
|4S||8, 16, 32, 64 GB||Features an 8 megapixel camera and a voice assistant named Siri so people can speak to their iPhone.||USB||14 October 2011||$599, $699, $799||Mac: 10.6/10.7/10.8
Windows: Windows 7
|5||16, 32, 64 GB||Features a taller 4" screen, rather than the traditional 3.5" screen, 4G/LTE (super-fast internet), and a new charging/synchronising cable called Lightning. It is also much thinner than the previous iPhones.||USB||21 September 2012||$649, $749, $849||Mac: 10.7/10.8
|5C||16, 32 GB||A colorful iPhone 5 with a FaceTime HD front camera and more cellular LTE bands.||USB||20 September 2013||$549, $649||Mac: 10.7/10.8
|5S||16, 32, 64 GB||It has new features such a slow-motion 120fps camera, a fingerprint sensor called Touch ID, and a 64-bit Apple A7 chip.||USB||20 September 2013||$649, $749, $849||Mac: 10.7/10.8
|6||16, 64, 128 GB||It has a bigger screen, measuring at 4.7 inches. It also has an Apple A8 processor and Apple M8 motion coprocessor.||USB||19 September 2014||$649, $749, $849||Mac: 10.6/10.7
|6 Plus||16, 64, 128 GB||Like the iPhone 6, it has a bigger screen, measuring at 5.5 inches. It also has the Apple A8 processor and Apple M8 motion coprocessor.||USB||19 September 2014||$749, $849, $949||Mac: 10.6/10.7
Timeline[change | change source]
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Other websites[change | change source]
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