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n. 1 A smartphone of a series produced by, which typically combine a camera phone, PDA, multimedia player, and wireless communication device. 2 (context by extension English) Any knockoff or similar high-end smartphone.


iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. They run Apple's iOS mobile operating system. The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007; the most recent iPhone model is the iPhone SE, which was unveiled at a special event on March 21, 2016.

The user interface is built around the device's multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard. The iPhone has Wi-Fi and can connect to cellular networks. An iPhone can shoot video (though this was not a standard feature until the iPhone 3GS), 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 functions—video games, reference works, social networking, etc.—can be enabled by downloading mobile apps. As of October 2013, Apple's App Store offered more than a million apps by Apple and third parties.

Apple has released nine generations of iPhone models, each accompanied by one of the nine major releases of the iOS operating system. The original 1st-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 cellular network capabilities and Assisted GPS (A-GPS), a W3C Geolocation API to locate the phone. The iPhone 3GS added a faster processor and a higher-resolution camera that could record video at 480p. The iPhone 4 featured a higher-resolution 960×640 Retina Display, a VGA front-facing camera for video calling and other apps, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p video capture. The iPhone 4S upgrades to an 8- megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, a dual-core A5 processor, and a natural language voice control system called Siri. iPhone 5 features the dual-core A6 processor, increases the size of the Retina display to 4 inches, introduces LTE support and replaces the 30-pin dock connector with an all-digital Lightning connector. The iPhone 5C features the same A6 chip as the iPhone 5, along with a new backside-illuminated FaceTime camera and a new casing made of polycarbonate. The iPhone 5S features the dual-core 64-bit A7 processor, an updated camera with a larger aperture and dual-LED flash, and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, integrated into the home button, and fitness tracking facilities. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus further increased screen size, measuring at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. In addition, they also feature an A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor. The iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE all feature Apple's new dual-core 64-bit A9 chip, 2GB of RAM, a GT7600 (6-core) GPU. 3D Touch, a new feature that enables pressure sensitive touch inputs, is currently available exclusively on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. As of 2013, the iPhone 3GS had the longest production run, 1,181 days; followed by the iPhone 4, produced for 1,174 days.

The iPhone's commercial success have been credited with reshaping the smartphone industry and helping to make Apple one of the world's most valuable publicly traded companies by 2011. The original iPhone was one of the first phones to use a design featuring a slate format with a touchscreen interface. Almost all modern smartphones have replicated this style of design.

In the US, the iPhone holds the largest share of the smartphone market. As of late 2015, the iPhone had a 43.6% market share, followed by Samsung (27.6%), LG (9.4%), and Motorola (4.8%).

IPhone (disambiguation)

iPhone refers to:

  • iPhone, a line of smartphones by Apple Inc.
    • iPhone (first generation), the first model of the line
    • iPhone 3G, which introduced 3G and GPS
    • iPhone 3GS, which brought a compass, faster processor and a 3.0 megapixel camera
    • iPhone 4, which has a second camera, a higher resolution display, and a 5.0 megapixel rear camera
    • iPhone 4S, which has improved hardware such as dual-core A5 CPU and 8.0 megapixel rear camera, and software such as Siri
    • iPhone 5, includes the A6 processor and 4" Retina Display
    • iPhone 5C, comes in 5 colors, technologically similar to iPhone 5
    • iPhone 5S, includes Apple's 64-bit A7 chip and the first iPhone to use Touch ID
    • iPhone 6, includes the A8 SoC and a 4.7" display
    • iPhone 6 Plus, identical to iPhone 6 but with a higher DPI 5.5" display and optical image stabilization
    • iPhone 6S, which has a 3D touch
    • iPhone 6S Plus, identical to iPhone 6S but with a higher DPI 5.5" display and optical image stabilization
    • iPhone SE identical to the iPhone 5s but is packed with most of the technology from the iPhone 6s and a new rose gold finish
  • iphone, a line of Android-based smartphones sold by IGB Electronica
  • iOS, formerly known as iPhone OS until June 2010, a mobile operating system made by Apple Inc.
  • Linksys iPhone, an internet appliance and a VOIP phone by Cisco, launched by Infogear in 1998
IPhone (1st generation)

The iPhone is the first smartphone model designed and marketed by Apple. It is the first generation of iPhone that was announced on January 9, 2007 after years of rumors and speculation.

It was introduced in the United States on June 29, 2007, and it featured quad-band GSM cellular connectivity with GPRS and EDGE support for data transfer.

On June 9, 2008, Apple announced its successor, the iPhone 3G. The original iPhone has not received software updates from Apple after iPhone OS (now iOS) 3.1.3.

Since June 11, 2013, the original iPhone has been considered "obsolete" in Apple retail stores, "vintage" by other service providers in the US, and "obsolete" in all other regions. Apple does not service vintage or obsolete products, and replacement parts for obsolete products are not available to service providers.