In keeping with their yearly tradition, iFixit has teamed with Bloomberg on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone to release an interactive, detailed look at the insides of each iPhone over the years.
The first generation iPhone was released way back in 2007 and it is a device that is said to have changed the smartphone industry. However, it wasn’t something that was particularly elegant on the inside. It included a 1400mAh battery, a 2MP camera and a whole host of chips and modems.
Within the iPhone 3G there was a smaller 1150mAh battery and a 2MP camera before the 3GS boosted the battery to 1219mAh and the camera to 3MP.
The story of the device’s evolution is readily available to anyone willing to crack an old phone open and look at what’s inside. To understand this, we partnered with iFixit, the website known for publishing detailed “teardowns” of each phone, and IHS Markit, which produces estimates of the cost of electronics components.
Then, with an EBay account and a little help from Sunny Lin, the founder of Simple Mac, an iPhone repair shop in New York, we got our hands on each iPhone model and opened them up. Here are the results.
Things really started to change with the iPhone 4 in 2010. It included a 1420mAh battery, the largest to date, a 4MP camera, a retina display and a new front-facing camera. So came the selfie revolution.
The iPhone 5 came next with its 1440mAh battery, an impressive 8MP camera, Lightning Connector and more and then the iPhone 6 had a battery jump to 1810mAh.
Arguably, it was last year’s release of the iPhone 7 that really changed the game. Apple provided us with a phone that had a 1960mAh battery, a 12MP camera, changes for waterproofing, a 7MP front-facing camera but, controversially, no headphone jack.
The game has continued to change with the company’s latest offering of the iPhone 8. Now we’ve got a phone with an all glass design, a 1821mAh battery, wireless charging, a retina HD display and an A11 bionic chip.
Even more so, we’re about to see the release of the innovative iPhone X, Apple’s first OLED device with a 5.8 inch super retina display, Face ID, animoji, depth sensing cameras and a great deal more.
You can take a look at the interactive site here which will continue to be updated as new iPhones are released, including the long-awaited iPhone X.