iPhone model list: Your guide to the different iPhone generations

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An iPhone model list is necessary because buying an iPhone can be a baffling ordeal. Apple sells the iPhone in a vast range of shapes, sizes, colours and configurations. There are large Plus and Pro Max versions, mini iPhones, and regular-sized editions too. If deciding which you need has become something of a nightmare, our guide is here to help.

We’ve combed through all the recent iPhones and their specs to work out the key similarities and differences. By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly which device is right for you. And if you’re thinking of getting an iPad, we’ve got an iPad model list guide to help you pick. We’ve also worked out the best iPhone for photography to help you snap your best shots.

iPhone model list: Every iPhone generation available now

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A photo of the iPhone 14 Pro

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01. iPhone 14 Pro (2022)

All the best features that Apple offers

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A16 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Cameras: 48MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide, 12MP 3x Telephoto

Reasons to buy

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Blazing-fast performance
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All the latest features

Reasons to avoid

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Always-on display can hurt battery life
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Expensive starting price

The iPhone 14 Pro represents the best that Apple has to offer. It has all the great features of the iPhone 14 Pro Max – including a brilliant Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, some of the best cameras in the biz, and the paramount smartphone chip bar none – but in a more wallet- and palm-friendly form. As well as that, there are a ton of new features exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro range, such as the Dynamic Island, always-on display, and Crash Detection. It’s the best option if you’re looking for a new iPhone that does it all.

A photo of the iPhone 14 Pro Max

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02. iPhone 14 Pro Max (2022)

Hugely powerful – and just plain huge

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A16 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Cameras: 48MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide, 48MP Telephoto

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous display
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Superb camera system

Reasons to avoid

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The priciest iPhone
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Too large for some

When you compare the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, there is one key benefit you get with the latter: Its larger display size makes consuming content an absolute dream. Not only is Apple’s OLED screen stunning to look at, but with 6.7-inches of it at your disposal, watching shows and movies on it gets even more expansive. Besides that, you’ll also be able to enjoy the same range of top-rate features you get in the iPhone 14 Pro, and if you don’t mind the large size, it’s one of the best iPhones you can buy.

A photo of the iPhone 14 in red

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03. iPhone 14 (2022)

When price meets performance

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Cameras: 12MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide

Reasons to buy

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Some of Apple’s best features
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More palatable starting price

Reasons to avoid

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No telephoto lens
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No Dynamic Island and always-on display

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are eye-wateringly expensive, no doubt about it. But saving money on a more affordable phone doesn’t mean you have to make do with third-rate features. Sure, the iPhone 14 misses out on the latest A16 chip and the most deluxe camera system, but it’s still stacked with plusses. You get the same beautiful screen, Face ID, Crash Detection, and excellent battery life, all for a much better price. And even though the A15 chip is from last year, it’s still leagues ahead of the Android competition.

iPhone 14 Plus phones on a white background

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04. iPhone 14 Plus (2022)

A big, beautiful screen for a better price

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Cameras: 12MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide

Reasons to buy

+
Spectacular OLED display
+
Large size without the large price

Reasons to avoid

-
Lacks pro-level features
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Hard to hold for smaller hands

In September 2022, Apple revealed the iPhone 14 Plus, a scaled-up version of the iPhone 14. If you’re interested in a larger phone like the iPhone 14 Pro Max but are put off by its wallet-busting price, the iPhone 14 Plus could be more up your street. It has almost exactly the same features as the iPhone 14, with the size being the only major differentiator. But because it’s a full £250 cheaper than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, it means you can bag a plus-sized phone full of great features without breaking the bank.

iPhone 13 pro

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05. iPhone 13 Pro (2021)

Pro performance for a little less outlay

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Cameras: 12MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide, 12MP Telephoto

Reasons to buy

+
Great three-lens camera setup
+
Now more affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Outshone by the iPhone 14 Pro
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Stock might be limited

The iPhone 13 Pro might not be the latest and greatest anymore, but it still has a lot to offer. For one thing, it’s now more affordable at third-party retailers since Apple stopped selling it. That means you can get a brilliant three-lens camera system, a powerful smartphone chip, up to 1TB of storage, and Apple’s Super Retina XDR display without paying as much as the iPhone 14 Pro. The trade-off is you miss out on things like the Dynamic Island and always-on display, but if you’re not fussed by those, it’s a great option.

iphone 13 mini in five diferent colours against a gradient background

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06. iPhone 13 mini (2021)

The best iPhone for smaller palms

Specifications

Display: 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Cameras: 12MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide

Reasons to buy

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Great for small hands
+
Plenty of modern features

Reasons to avoid

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One generation behind
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Sub-par battery life

For a couple of years, Apple sold a smaller version of its flagship smartphones. The iPhone 13 mini, released in 2021, was the last one, but you can still buy it if you want a more pint-sized iPhone that still comes with top-notch features. That includes the A15 Bionic chip, a dual-lens camera, and a beautiful display. Its small size means battery life is not as strong as other iPhones, but it’s the best option for people looking for a phone that’s easier to hold than any other smartphone Apple sells.

iPhone 13 colours

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07. iPhone 13 (2021)

Performance gets more affordable

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Cameras: 12MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide

Reasons to buy

+
Trades blows with the iPhone 14
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Reasonable price

Reasons to avoid

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Some small losses vs iPhone 14
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No Crash Detection

When you put the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 side-by-side, the differences between them aren’t enormous. The iPhone 14’s camera and battery life are oh-so-slightly better, but it’s nothing earth-shattering. In fact, both phones are powered by the same A15 Bionic chip. That makes the iPhone 13 a surprisingly tempting device, one that can keep up with the latest iPhone 14 performance-wise while saving you cash on the asking price. If you aren’t desperate to get the absolute latest device, it makes for a very shrewd purchase.

Three models of the Apple iPhone SE (3rd generation) from 2022.

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08. iPhone SE (3rd generation) (2022)

A bargain-priced iPhone with a modern chip

Specifications

Display: 4.7-inch Retina HD (LCD)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Cameras: 12MP Wide

Reasons to buy

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The best-priced iPhone
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Runs on the excellent A15 Bionic chip

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best display tech
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Only one camera lens

Apple’s most affordable iPhone is the third-generation iPhone SE. It uses an old-style chassis with a Home button for Touch ID instead of Face ID, but don’t be fooled – the internals of this phone are far more modern. It’s powered by the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 14, and comes with 5G and True Tone technology. There are a few drawbacks to consider – there’s no OLED display, only one lens, and only average battery life – but it’s the most affordable way into the iPhone ecosystem.

Older iPhone models

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max (2021)
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max (2020)
  • iPhone 12 Pro (2020)
  • iPhone 12 (2020)
  • iPhone 12 mini (2020)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation) (2020)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019)
  • iPhone 11 Pro (2019)
  • iPhone 11 (2019)

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Alex Blake is a freelance tech journalist who writes for Creative Bloq, TechRadar, Digital Trends, and others. Before going freelance he was commissioning editor at MacFormat magazine, focusing on the world of Apple products. His interests include web design, typography, and video games.