Presentation and launch of the iPhone: know all the dates — 2022

Despite earning revenue from many other products and services, the absolute star of Apple's catalog is the iPhone. It has been since 2007 when the first generation of this device was presented and launched on the market, which has already become a historic product. In this article we collect all the dates on which these teams have been put up for sale, as well as some outstanding features of each one.

What is the difference between presentation and release?

That Apple makes a product known officially does not mean that from that moment it is already on sale. In fact, in the case of iPhones, they are always distinguished three different dates At least that's how it has been in recent years. The company celebrates an event in which it normally presents other devices, with the iPhone on duty as the main stars. During the development of said event, its main characteristics are discussed, aspects of its design are discussed and its first advertising spots are shown. However, the company does not usually launch them at that time, but rather calls on consumers to reserve the device on a certain date with the official launch one week after that date.

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Normally the celebration events are held in the month of September and almost always on Tuesday or Wednesday. Reservations are usually on Fridays, although not necessarily in the same week as the presentation. The launch as such and the day on which the iPhones begin to arrive to those who reserved it is usually also a Friday, specifically the week after the reservation. It should be noted that the launches may not be at the same time throughout the world, with certain territories arriving weeks or months later. In any case, what we take into account in this article is the first date that the phone is on the market, even if it is not worldwide.

Date of presentation and launch of the iPhone

Today 33 iPhones have been launched on the market . Many of them have shared dates for belonging to the same generation, so it is not an iPhone a year that Apple launches. In the latter, it is used to launching different versions of its phone, having standard versions at lower prices and focused on a majority of the public and two others classified as 'Pro' and that have the focus on the most demanding users at all levels.

to get some fun facts Prior to knowing the exact dates, we highlight this:

    The earliest iPhoneto appear was the original model, on January 9. Although its launch was delayed several months from that date. The iPhone that took the longestto reach the market was precisely that first, with a space of 5 months between its presentation and its sale, although you should know that it was not marketed worldwide as is the case now with the most recent ranges. Those who showed up laterin a calendar year they were the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, officially known on October 13. The latest releasein a calendar year it also happened with the iPhone 12 range, more specifically with the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which arrived on November 13.

When will the iPhone 14 be released?

For now we cannot confirm presentation or release dates. The (or) iPhone 14 remain a mystery. Like every year, there are rumors regarding its possible technical characteristics, designs and more. However, Apple has not officially provided any information. In any case, and as has been happening in recent years, it is more than likely that it will be september 2022 when they are announced.

And we speak in the plural because, except for surprise, there will be 4 new devices differentiated between the standard and 'Pro' range. According to the main analysts, the company this year would completely eliminate the 'mini' range and instead offer two 6.1 and 6.7-inch devices listed as standard and two others with identical dimensions, only in this case with additional features. typical of the 'Pro'.

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Render of the possible design of the iPhone 14 Pro (unofficial)

iPhone SE (3rd generation)

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    Date of presentation:March 8, 2022. Release date:March 18, 2022. Base operating system:iOS 15. Main novelties: Same design and features as the 2020 'SE', only with A15 Bionic chip and introduction of 5G technology, as well as a new blue color.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

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    Date of presentation:September 14, 2021. Release date:September 24, 2021. Base operating system:iOS 15. Main novelties: The improvement in photography and video is palpable, with improvements in the lenses and new ProRes functions for video with the possibility of having cinematic effects. Autonomy increases considerably.

iPhone 13 Pro

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    Date of presentation:September 14, 2021. Release date:September 24, 2021. Base operating system:iOS 15. Main novelties: The improvement in photography and video is palpable, with improvements in the lenses and new ProRes functions for video with the possibility of having cinematic effects. Autonomy increases considerably.

iPhone 13

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    Date of presentation:September 14, 2021. Release date:September 24, 2021. Base operating system:iOS 15. Main novelties: Identical news as the iPhone 13 mini, only in a 6.1-inch size.

iPhone 13 mini

iphone 13 mini

    Date of presentation:September 14, 2021. Release date:September 24, 2021. Base operating system:iOS 15. Main novelties: Among the highlights is the reduction of the 'notch' for the first time since 2017, the double camera becomes diagonal and considerable improvements are included at the level of photography and video, as well as an increase in battery.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro

    Date of presentation:October 13, 2020. Release date:November 13, 2020. Base operating system:iOS 14. Main novelties: All the news of the iPhone 12 Pro, but on a 6.7-inch screen that represents the largest iPhone to date.

iPhone 12 Pro

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    Date of presentation:October 13, 2020. Release date:October 23, 2020. Base operating system:iOS 14. Main novelties: In addition to 5G connectivity and an identical edge design to the 12 mini and 12, this device adds a LiDAR sensor that helps improve photographic results.

iPhone 12

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    Date of presentation:October 13, 2020. Release date:October 23, 2020. Base operating system:iOS 14. Main novelties: 5G connectivity arrives in a design similar to that of the iPhone 11, but with flat edges reminiscent of the latest generation iPad Pro and the classic iPhone 4.

iPhone 12 mini

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    Date of presentation:October 13, 2020. Release date:November 13, 2020. Base operating system:iOS 14. Main novelties: Smallest device of the brand since it integrated the new design without buttons on the front panel. It incorporated an OLED screen with the same technology as the 'Pro' models and even 5G connectivity, as well as improvements in cameras.

iPhone SE (2nd generation)

iPhone SE 2020

    Date of presentation:April 15, 2020. Release date:April 24, 2020. Base operating system:iOS 13. Main novelties: Phone based on the iPhone 8, with identical design and battery. It adds improvements in its main and front camera, as well as the black color of its front is available even in white models.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro Max

    Date of presentation:September 10, 2019. Release date:September 20, 2019. Base operating system:iOS 13. Main novelties: Identical features to the iPhone 11 Pro except for its 6.5-inch OLED screen and its autonomy 2 hours longer.

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro

    Date of presentation:September 10, 2019. Release date:September 20, 2019. Base operating system:iOS 13. Main novelties: Triple camera with wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto. Latest generation OLED panel and new rear design with matte glass.

iPhone 11

iPhone 11

    Date of presentation:September 10, 2019. Release date:September 20, 2019. Base operating system:iOS 13. Main novelties: Natural successor to the XR with identical screen features, but improvements in autonomy and general performance. It adds a double camera capable of taking 4K videos and photos in low light conditions with night mode. Available in silver, space gray, red, yellow, purple and green.

iPhone XR

    Date of presentation:September 12, 2018. Release date:October 26, 2018. Base operating system:iOS 12. Main novelties: Phone launched as a cheaper model, with similar features to the XS but with greater autonomy and a 6.1-inch LCD screen. It has a single rear camera and is available in silver, space gray, red, yellow, blue and coral.

iPhone XS Max

    Date of presentation:September 12, 2018. Release date:September 21, 2018. Base operating system:iOS 12. Main novelties: It was Apple's largest phone to date with a 6.5-inch screen. Same features as iPhone XS except for longer battery life.

iPhone XS

    Date of presentation:September 12, 2018. Release date:September 21, 2018. Base operating system:iOS 12. Main novelties: Virtually identical to its predecessor, with slight improvements in performance, battery and camera. Available in silver, gold and space gray.

iPhone X

    Date of presentation:September 12, 2017. Release date:November 3, 2017. Base operating system:iOS 11. Main novelties: The biggest change in the history of the iPhone. It eliminates the main button and has a front almost completely covered by its 5.7-inch OLED screen. Face ID is added as a biometric system eliminating Touch ID and video recording is improved. On the front camera it is now possible to take photos in portrait mode.

iPhone 8 Plus

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    Date of presentation:September 12, 2017. Release date:September 22, 2017. Base operating system:iOS 11. Main novelties: Design almost the same as the iPhone 7 Plus but made of glass. It incorporates the possibility of recharging via Qi wireless charging and slightly improves the camera and battery.

iPhone 8

iPhone 8

    Date of presentation:September 12, 2017. Release date:September 22, 2017. Base operating system:iOS 11. Main novelties: Design practically identical to that of its predecessor, but made of glass. Possibility of wireless charging with the Qi standard, slight improvements in camera and battery.

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus

    Date of presentation:September 7, 2016. Release date:September 21, 2016. Base operating system:iOS 10. Main novelties: The line of antennas changes with respect to the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus. A double camera is added for the first time with important functions such as the popular portrait mode.

iPhone 7

iPhone 7

    Date of presentation:September 7, 2016. Release date:September 21, 2016. Base operating system:iOS 10. Main novelties: Relocation of the antenna line with respect to the iPhone 6 and 6s. Important improvements in the camera and video recording.

iPhone SE (1st generation)

iPhone SE

    Date of presentation:March 31, 2016. Release date:March 31, 2016. Base operating system:iOS 9.3. Main novelties: Same specs as the iPhone 5s but with similar internals to the iPhone 6s, such as the A9 processor.

iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s Plus

    Date of presentation:September 9, 2015. Release date:September 25, 2015. Base operating system:iOS 9. Main novelties: The Touch ID system is improved and the possibility of performing gestures with 3D Touch thanks to the Taptic Engine is added.

iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s

    Date of presentation:September 9, 2015. Release date:September 25, 2015. Base operating system:iOS 9. Main novelties: Improvement of the Touch ID system and arrival of 3D Touch thanks to the new Taptic Engine.

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 Plus

    Date of presentation:September 9, 2014. Release date:September 19, 2014. Base operating system:iOS 8. Main novelties: New 6.5-inch size and aluminum design. Same performance improvements as iPhone 6, but with unique camera enhancements.

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

    Date of presentation:September 9, 2014. Release date:September 19, 2014. Base operating system:iOS 8. Main novelties: New 4.7-inch size in a new design featuring a body made of aluminum. Camera and connectivity improvements.

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s

    Date of presentation:10th of September 2013.. Release date:September 20, 2013. Base operating system:iOS 7. Main novelties: Gold color is added to space gray and silver. Adds the Touch ID fingerprint reader and includes slight improvements in general performance and cameras.

iPhone 5c

iPhone 5c

    Date of presentation:10th of September 2013. Release date:September 20, 2013. Base operating system:iOS 7. Main novelties: Same scheme as the iPhone 5, but with a design made of plastic materials and available in yellow, blue, green, red and white.

iPhone 5

iPhone 5

    Date of presentation:September 12, 2012. Release date:September 21, 2012. Base operating system:iOS 6. Main novelties: Available in space gray and silver. New design mixing glass with aluminum. Improved screen that reaches 4 inches. Possibility of connecting to 4G networks and improvements in cameras, battery and general performance.

iPhone 4s

iPhone 4s

    Date of presentation:October 4, 2011. Release date:October 14, 2011. Base operating system:iOS 5. Main novelties: Solution to the coverage problems of the previous model, faster when connecting to the internet and complete integration of the Siri virtual assistant.

iPhone 4

iPhone 4

    Date of presentation:June 7, 2010. Release date:June 24, 2010. Base operating system:iOS 4. Main novelties: New design with glass on the back, available in black and white. Improvements in battery, RAM and camera, going on to have a 5 Mpx lens with HD video recording. It incorporates a front camera of 1.2 Mpx.

iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3GS

    Date of presentation:June 8, 2009. Release date:June 19, 2009. Base operating system:iPhone OS 3. Main novelties: Improvements in battery, internet connection, camera that becomes 3 Mpx and with the possibility of recording video. The storage extends up to 32 GB in its highest version.

iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G

    Date of presentation:June 9, 2008. Release date:July 31, 2008. Base operating system:iPhone OS 2. Main novelties: Greater speed of internet connection and compatibility with more applications with the arrival of the App Store, 'push' emails. Available in white or black.

iPhone (original)

iPhone original - iPhone 2G

    Date of presentation:January 9, 2007. Release date:June 29, 2007. Base operating system:iPhone OS 1. Main novelties: Everything was new since it was the first generation, although the highlight was its 3.5-inch capacitive LCD screen with multi-touch, the possibility of accessing a web browser and applications, a 2 Mpx camera, 4, 8 or 16 GB.

The exception of the launch of the iPhone SE

If you have looked closely at the previous list, you will have noticed that the first and second generation iPhone SE were launched on different dates than what Apple is used to for these phones. These have the surname 'SE' which stands for 'Special Edition', which precisely motivates them to be differentiated phones from what should be normal in a year for the Californian company.

They are usually reissues of phones from previous generations, but fine-tuned in specifications, so they are not focused on such a wide target audience and therefore are not usually presented with as much importance as the rest. In fact, we have a clear example of the latest exponent in the year 2020, when this phone was launched through a press release. It is true that in the midst of the explosion of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in any case it does not seem that Apple wanted to give it a relevance similar to that of its usual ranges.