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From iPhone to iPhone 6 Plus - In pictures!

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here, and they build on the design foundation Apple has laid since the original shipped in 2007. From then, to the rounded plastic iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS, to the glass backed iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, to the taller unibody iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, to the bigger, rounder, thinner models shipped this year, here's how they all look stacked together. Enjoy!

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

65 Comments
  • Awesome pictures. That said, I don't think I'm alone in cringing at the sight of those new phones being face down on brick! ^_^
  • Was wondering how carefully those would have been placed down to avoid scratches. ^^
  • Exactly what my first thought was when I saw that pic! Haha
  • I started cringing the second I realized those were sitting on a brick walkway as well. Posted via iMore App
  • I always had a feeling that the new iPhones were going to look like the iPod Touch 5t Generation. Just look at the speaker grills and the design of the iPhone 6.
  • The 6 isn't a bad looking phone *approves* I just wish it was Moto X sized Posted via iMore App
  • The iPhone 6 is 4.7"...exact size screen as the original Moto X. If you're referring to the new X, I agree. I think 5-5.2" would be perfect.
  • You couldn't find a tabletop somewhere?
  • The 6 is the worst looking iPhone by a good margin unfortunately. It feels like such a compromised design, marred by those gigantic antenna breaks and the protruding camera lens. It feels nice in the hands, and the bigger screen is nice, but it certainly isn't going to win any design awards. Perhaps Johnny Ive was too busy with the Apple watch.
  • I disagree. I think the 6 is gorgeous! The decision to have the lens protrude is brilliant. It allows the other 99% of the phone to be thinner while getting the best image quality and performance from the camera. And once you put a case on it, the protrusion is no longer noticeable. And with a case, you won't see those antenna breaks (which don't even bother me anyway).
  • Why does the phone have to be so thin? For the sake of a single millimetre the lens sticks out, which to be frank, just isn't an Apple thing to do. I know Johnny Ive is only human, but this is one of his weakest designs. As for cases, nobody should need one.. They're ugly and make the phone thicker. I use a simple slip case to throw the phone in my bag, but aside from that, I use it as it was intended.
  • disagree! It is sexy...
  • If you work at Apple, you think you could've a better job than Jony Ives? How you seen the IPhone 6 in person? If you had I know a good eye doctor!
  • If you have to point out the three weakest things in the new design, what would those be? He's only listing what he thinks looks the weakest. Would you really argue there's other things about the new design that's worse? Speaking only in terms of looks, would you argue that it's better to have a protruding camera than not?
  • Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so there's no need to be so aggressive and unpleasant about it. And I have an iPhone 6, so I know exactly what it looks like. It's an excellent phone, but aesthetically one of the weaker efforts from Apple, in my opinion.
  • I agree. It looks fine, but aesthetically it is a step down, in my opinion. I loved the the chamfered edges on the 5 and 5s. The design also seemed a little more executive. Probably a good thing to slim down the edges though, considering the massive size increase.
  • I agree that the antenna bands and the protruding camera are the "worst" parts of the new iPhone design. But I say "worst" with quotes because I don't find them that bad. When I saw the antenna bands on the first dummy models I thought they were absolutely hideous. But now that they've become color coded and flush with the aluminum body, and also made of their intended material, I'm not finding them that bad anymore. I still wish they'd found a better solution though. Like finding a way to transmit signals through the Apple logo on the back without compromise. The protruding camera feels like a loss, but they've dealt with it in a very delicate way. Other smartphones have huge bulges that look way worse. Those chamfered edges around the camera lens on the iPhone 6 look great. Personally, I would still go with the current iPhone 6 if I had the option to choose a thicker iPhone 6 without a protruding camera. I'm guessing Apple thought most people would feel the same way. And they have gotten away with it before on the iPod, if history is any guidance. When the iPhone is thinner than most of it's competitors it really helps in making it feel like a premium phone to the touch. One thing I loved with the iPhone 5/5s was the polished chamfer edges. It's a bit sad to see that they're gone. It made the iPhone seem like a jewelry. The iPhone 5/5s will definitely go down in my history books as one of the best looking iPhones. Overall I think the iPhone 6 design is good. They have to change the design around a bit every now and then to keep things fresh, even if that means chamfers got to go, and I think they've managed well. The iPhone 5/5s was a tough design to beat. Going forward I think Apple has solid screen sizes on their iPhones, and should now focus on shrinking the body, without reducing the screen size, in order to remove as much bezel as possible. If the choice is between reducing bezels or thickness in the iPhone 7, I hope they prioritize the bezels. Would you agree?
  • 100% disagree. I hated the 4s and 5 design. square, angular, unpleasant in the hand. Everything jobs didn't want in the original ipod which he wanted to conform to the hand. The 6, aside from the back with it's antenna looks great. Love the shape. i'll give you that i'm not fond of the antenna lines but the reality is i'm not spending time staring at the back. I just am not. And as for the apple watch, it's hardly, pretty when you compare it to real luxury timepieces. Its nice for a sports watch but that's it so I don't think Johnny was distracted. Regardless, i love the 6 and that's from someone who had a 4s because he'd waited years for iphone on sprint, then disliked the design so much that i didn't upgrade to the 5 or 5s which were too similarly angular and square to the 4s. the 6 is great. Camera not a big deal neither are the antenna. Not deal breakers at least.
  • Remember when the original iPhone felt so huge in the hand? And that 3.5 inch screen just seemed so giant? ... Ahhh, those were the days ... Loving my 6!
  • Why do you have the iPhones screen-down on bricks!? It looks nice, but I cringed when I saw it!
  • The thing that is most noticeable when seeing these annual updates side by side is Apple's reluctance to change. In between the 3.5" iPhone 4 and the 4.7" iPhone 6 should have been a 4.3" iPhone 5. It would have kept up with the market and would have made the transition to larger screens more fluid. Personally, I have the 5.5" and LOVE it. So I think its a shame that people are taking their old bias against large phones into 2014. Big phones are big but they do provide a new experience. (Well, "new" to us at least...)
  • Huge screen sizes was one of the many things Samsung threw at their phones that turned into a success, and I think Apple realized a bit late. The iPhone 5's screen size was "ok, but on the small side" when it came out. And unfortunately this was Apple's "tick" update, meaning next year's "tock" would comprise the same design. That definitely made the small iPhone screen stretch on for too long. I'm not saying there's not people wanting a 4" iPhone, but time has shown that there's been a big marked for large screens for a few years now. It's likely one of the reasons for the new 6 and 6 Plus selling so good. Apple probably design their devices and their production of them years in advance, so it was probably hard to change up the 5 and 5S by the time they realized they needed to go even bigger. We heard about the increase to 4.7" and 5.5" before the 5S was out, so they knew they had to go bigger. It must be hard figuring out what's going to be "the next big thing" two years from now.
  • "It must be hard figuring out what's going to be "the next big thing" two years from now." For phones maybe. But for computers, just like with those "Unusable large screen phones". I fully expect a 180 on all the people claiming they dont want touchscreen Macs. (And hopefully we dont have to wait 2 years. I've been due for a Mac upgrade for a while).
  • I haven't seen anything to convince me that Macs need touch screens. What exactly would you want to use the touch screen for on the Mac? :) Sent from the iMore App
  • Really? Did you really just lay those most gorgeous devices on brick? Rene is a double agent! Security!!
  • Striking how the new iPhones make the older ones look grossly thick
  • Yea. :) And like another viewer posted earlier, I remember when the original iPhone felt like a huge screen.
  • Ouch! poor iPhones! I do like the bigger iPhones and eventually getting the 6 plus. I feel it offers a lot more. I am thinking about selling my iPad 3rd gen once I get it.
  • Ha I too got the chills at the face down pictures.. Makes me really feel the "nerd"
  • Come Any update for iphone4 in future Sent from the iMore App
  • ? Sent from the iMore App
  • Maybe a small security update but most likely no new features. Sent from the iMore App
  • So pissed off... since I'm on a corporate line I can't even get the iphone 6 plus til October 20th...... like really? !?! Fml! Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Lol that's like a month away. Not long at all haha. ಠ益ಠ
  • Sounds like a first world problem. Posted via iMore App
  • Would love one!! I had an iPhone 4S for one day and it got stolen!! Sent from the iMore App
  • 6 Plus is the way to go! Sent from the iMore App
  • Gorgeous collection. I wish someday I can have my own.
  • No offense to Rene's collection, but it would look even better if the old iPhones weren't bulked and scratched. :) The iPhone 6, coming right of the production line, looks so premium in comparison.
  • Winner winner chicken dinner Sent from the iMore App
  • Hey guys thanks for the opportunity! The best luck to everyone!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • When you see all the phones laid out facedown I've got to say the 3GS still looks so nice, the perfect thickness and nice comfortable shape designed to nestle in the palm of the hand. The fascination that Apple has had to get ever thinner and lighter really has made the iPhone 6 and 6+ appear visually to be a little uncomfortable in the hands. I know that it is very likely a misconception but it would have been great to have a little depth to that body so the back would curve with the shape of the hand and allow it to be cupped a little rather than holding it like a slice of toast or a cookie!
  • "here's how they all look stacked together"
    My count may be off, but that doesn't look like all the different models to me. It's missing a couple of them.
  • Yup, missing from this line-up are the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5.
  • Great comparison photos, personally I never noticed what they were resting on until I got to the comments section. I was to busy looking at the product not Renee's placement choice. Everybody give the guy a break, he's doing product review, not submiting to the Ansel Adams catalogue.
  • It's amazing to see how much the iPhone has evolved from the first one. Sent from the iMore App
  • Left out 3GS Sent from the iMore App
  • Nice to see all version of iPhone together especially 2G alongside latest ones! Sent from the iMore App
  • I actually took my 2G iPhone yesterday (and iPhone5) to compare them to the 6 and 6+ jaja!
  • Rene, is there any chance we might get one picture with all of them powered up and at the home screen? I realize the 3's and 4 will have old operating systems but it'd still be useful. In fact maybe more fun since the Apple app icons have changed for each major iOS release and of course there was the UI cosmetic overhaul in iOS 7.
  • Even though i haven't held the iP6s in my hand, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I won't like the feel. The iP3g(s) will always be the most wonderful tactile experience of all iPhones...with the 5c being a very close 2nd. I have an iPad air and my better half has an iPad Mini, and I've experienced the latest iPod touch. A metal case, no matter how rounded you make it will never be as comfortable as he polycarbonate ones. It's all about friction in the hand. The smoother you get, the less comfortable it is.
  • Amazing to see them all together. Thx Sent from the iMore App
  • Seeing the gold and grey iPhone 6s next to each finally made me realise what I dislike about the grey version: the darker antenna lines create the illusion that the back dips down at the top (i.e. it looks like the middle section of the phone sits slightly higher than the section where the camera sits). But I only see it like that from certain angles (and presumably only in photos with limited fields of depth). It's nice seeing all the phones together – it really emphasises the consistency of Apple's design language. For some reason the 5 has become the form I associate most with iPhones, despite disliking it in its post-launch pictures (and despite never owning one).
  • I still think iPhone 4 was the prettiest. Sent from the iMore App
  • Same thoughts for the iPhone 5. Sent from the iMore App
  • Rene.....I bet having all the phones there like that...for you....it's porn, right? ;)
  • I still have the original iPhone. I use it as an iPod, and the battery is still good! I wonder if its worth something as an 'antique'?
  • The iPhone 5S was the best-looking phone Apple ever made, even if it wasn't the most comfortable to hold.
  • Those antenna bands are not pretty IMO. Doesn´t quite quell the lust though... .
  • I think the Iphone 5 and 5s design are the most beautiful iPhones of all. Sent from the iMore App
  • Very nice pics. I remember the old phones so well! Sent from the iMore App
  • Taste is of course personal, but all these photos bring home to me is how absolutely trashy and skanky looking the iPhone 6 is compared to the previous models. The fact that the iPhone 6 happens to be one of those "gold" ones might have something to do with it, but still. IMO the iPhone 6 will not go down as one of their best designed products when all is said and done, and we are looking back at it from the future. It will probably sell better than all the previous models because: bigger, but it's the iPhone equivalent of the "fatty" nano as far as I can see.
  • Apple's sale of 10 million iPhones during the first weekend shows the innovation that Apple brings to this product category.
  • I miss the chamfer edges of the iPhone 5s . But I still love my iphone 6 . The antenna lines don't bother me because I'll be looking at the screen the whole time I use my phone not the back of the phone . I don't like the the feel of the iphone 6 in hand feels slippery . But I do use a case on all phones . Sent from the iMore App
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