These are all the screen resolutions that Apple's iPhones offered throughout the years (since 2007)

These are all the screen resolutions that Apple's iPhones offered throughout the years (since 2007)
Until now, Apple introduced 9 iPhone generations, starting with the original iPhone (sometimes called iPhone 2G), and ending with this year's iPhone 6s family, which was officially released this week. All in all, throughout the years, we've seen 12 different iPhone models, including the plastic-made iPhone 5c (launched at the same time with the iPhone 5s), and the giant 6 Plus and 6s Plus.

What's interesting is that Apple only used a total of 5 screen resolutions for all these iPhones. Of course, this underlines the conservative approach that the Cupertino company is taking when it comes to significantly changing its handsets.

Let's take a look at all the iPhone resolutions that Apple used since 2007, shall we?

320 x 480 pixels

Believe it or not, Apple produced iPhones with 320 x 480 pixels screens until 2012. This was the screen resolution of the original iPhone (2007), as well as of the iPhone 3G (2008) and iPhone 3GS (2009) - all three models offered 3.5-inch displays. The 3GS was sold until September 2012, when Apple introduced the iPhone 5.


640 x 960 pixels

In June 2010, with the iPhone 4, Apple introduced a 3.5-inch, 640 x 960 pixels screen dubbed Retina Display. At the time, the iPhone 4 offered the highest pixel density on any smartphone - 326 pixels per inch - forcing other smartphone makers to step up their game (which they did). In 2011, Apple released the iPhone 4s, which featured the same 3.5-inch, 640 x 960 pixels display. The 4s was the last iPhone model to sport a screen measuring 3.5 inches.


640 x 1136 pixels

2012 brought us the iPhone 5: Apple's first smartphone to feature a 4-inch display. The larger screen allowed Apple to bump the pixel resolution up to 640 x 1136, though the number of horizontal pixels remained unchanged. The pixel density also remained unchanged: 326 ppi. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c from 2013 offered similar 4-inch, 640 x 1136 pixels screens - while most Android flagships were already featuring 1080 x 1920 pixels displays.


750 x 1334 pixels

In September 2014, Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - its largest iPhones to date. The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display with 750 x 1334 pixels and - once again - a 326 pixels per inch density. While 326 ppi is not bad, most rival smartphones offered (and offer) densities of at least 400 ppi. This year's iPhone 6s comes with the same 750 x 1334 pixels, 4.7-inch screen.


1080 x 1920 pixels

Joining the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus are currently Apple's smartphones with the highest ppi density (401), thanks to the fact that they sport 5.5-inch screens with 1080 x 1920 pixels. This pixel resolution is more adequate for a high-end smartphone in 2015, when Android flagships offer screens with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Sony even announced the world's first smartphone that can render 4K Ultra HD (2160 x 3840 pixels) content: the Xperia Z5 Premium.

Of course, the quality of a display is not determined just by its resolution. For now, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are still OK from this point of view, but we assume that Apple will bump up the screen resolution again come 2016, when the iPhone 7 series is expected be introduced.

What do you think the pixel resolutions of Apple's next iPhones will be?


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24 Comments

1. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I really wouldn't say that Apple encouraged others to produce phones with higher pixel densities, I think the nature evolution of technology was heading that way regardless.

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yes and no. The competition was already heading that direction, with the OG Droid at 854x480, but Apple really set the bar with the iPhone 4. From then on, I evaluated every phone screen based on whether or not I could see pixels. Of course now the trend toward increasingly higher pixel densities among Android makes has gone on ad absurdum. What was once a matter of aesthetics has become a spec pissing match. Apple may be a little behind the curve now by sucking to 326 ppi, but at least they aren't getting sucked toward 4K insanity.

12. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Why is it insanity with vr on the rise?

20. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

It's not insanity when we have VR on Android the 2560x1440 is a bear necessity in that realm and 4k is even better

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He is 100% right. All phones were heading for what is called natural progression, just liek PC's did. Monitors for PC's basically followed TV's. It would have been stupid to put a 1080p display on phones with a 3" display. It would have been stupid to put 720p display on a 3" display. Once phones hit 4.3" or larger then higher resolutions made sense. The iPhone 4 literally blinded my wife who has never worn glasses a day in her life. She had perfect eyes, until she had to start squinting to use a 3.5" display with an IPS screen where pixels were shoved into a smaller space making letters and words small. I wear glasses/contacts and have so since I was in my teens, so it didnt have much of an effect on me. But I did find that sometimes when wearing my contacts, I still squinted to read. When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note with its 5.3" display, than 720/800p made sense because you could have the exact same amount of pixels as a 15" display would have at the same resolution. Apple didnt push OEM to make better displays, they were already coming which is what the poster above you was saying. apple rushed and gave us a terrible high density display wihich was an excuse to bot just make the display bigger.

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yes and no. The competition was already heading that direction, with the OG Droid at 854x480, but Apple really set the bar with the iPhone 4. From then on, I evaluated every phone screen based on whether or not I could see pixels. Of course now the trend toward increasingly higher pixel densities among Android makes has gone on ad absurdum. What was once a matter of aesthetics has become a spec pissing match. Apple may be a little behind the curve now by sticking to 326 ppi, but at least they aren't getting sucked toward 4K insanity.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Click bait article to get the flame wars going for a slow news weekend.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

iPhone 7 1080p, iPhone 7 Plus Some Weird Resolution That's Higher Than 1080p Or Just Plan QHD.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My guess would be for Apple to be sticking with 1080p screen for several generations of iPhone Plus model and enjoy the lower cost of manufacturing year by year. No reason to up the resolution for a small screen size for them. For Android, QHD is minimum for me. I use it for VR purposes.

7. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I remember going from the Samsung Instinct to finally getting the iPhone 3G. It blows my mind today for me to think to myself, "the iPhone's screen is huge".

8. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Imagine if phone manufacturers maintain the 300-400ppi then just go improving the battery life with good optimized UI? I forgot, sony's already doing that.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's why Samsung has displays with over 500PPI and yet use less power than a 1080p LCD.

9. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 147; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

iPhone 7 Plus will render at native resolution which is 1242 x 2208 (414 x 736 points) iPhone 7 will be 1125 x 2001 (667 x 375 points). This will be enough for foreseeable future.

24. Techielover

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

A resolution bump is a given but please let it be OLED.

10. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Those screen resolutions lol..

11. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

326ppi is pitiful these days and all I can think is Apple don't want to finally bring their phones into 2013 as it's like admitting "Retina display" is meaningless marketing that has been disproved conclusively on what the Human eye can see.

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They don't care about anything except profits. They reuse the same display for at least two generations. Something no android manufacturer would ever get away with in the reviews. Double standards galore.

14. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Well despite the pixel count, iphones always had the best IPS panels with great colors,contrast and brightness. Which I can't say for most Android smartphones in the early 11' and 12'. Remember the first xperia z flagships, or the early amoled screens from Samsung.

15. TALAL62TALAL

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

The question is what is Android  will be screens next year

17. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

4K+ Display i think bhahaha

16. SnakєBoyVincentLiu unregistered

As long as I can watch my cat videos in HD, I am happy :D

18. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You are very weird indeed!

19. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I wonder what apples first 2k/4k smartphone will be like..."Super retina display" or "Siri-infused display"

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A "forced touch siri infuse retina super display IPS LCD"

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