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Apple's iPhones are iconic touchscreen devices, credited with revolutionising the modern smartphone industry. With Apple's design ethos of creating amazing technology that 'just works' at their core, iPhones have attained unprecedented popularity for their perfect balance of innovation, functionality and style.

  • Premium build quality and design
  • Simple and intuitive
  • 100,000s of downloadable apps
  • Cutting-edge technology
  • Simple content syncing with iTunes
  • Excellent retention of resale value
Review by Liam on 23 Mar 2012.

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Introduction

Apple's famous line of iPhones needs little introduction. Since the 2007 debut of the original iPhone, these touchscreen smartphones have changed the face of the mobile industry. Combining striking physical design and excellent build quality with highly flexible functionality and an intuitive interface, each successive generation of iPhones has proved to be wildly popular.

There are currently four iPhone models available, with variations of each available offering more or less storage space. The two latest iPhones, the Apple iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, are currently available in 64, 32, or 16 Gigabyte versions in white or black. The iPhone 4, which preceded the 4S, is available in 32 or 16 GB versions in white or black. Finally, the iPhone 3G S is the oldest iPhone still widely distributed, currently available only in an 8GB black edition.

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is the most advanced iPhone currently available. Its most visible diversion from earlier models is its expanded 4” Retina Display, which has a widescreen aspect ratio of around 16:9. To accommodate the larger screen, the iPhone 5 has a new physical design, featuring a glass front panel and a two-tone aluminium back.

Internal upgrades are wide-ranging. The A6 processor offers twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5 that the iPhone 4S is equipped with, and the 8 megapixel camera has been upgraded to offer improved low-light performance and a panorama mode.

iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S preceded the iPhone 5 and was released in 2011. While retaining the acclaimed stainless steel and glass exterior design of the iPhone 4, the 4S introduced a host of upgraded hardware and software features.

Prominent among the upgrades of the iPhone 4S was its A5 dual-core processor, which offers twice the power of the preceding A4 and seven times faster graphics. The iPhone 4S was the first iPhone to feature a significantly upgraded 8 megapixel camera with redesigned optics and the unique personal assistant Siri. Read our full, hands-on review of the iPhone 4S here!

iPhone 4

The Apple iPhone 4 is the 4th generation iPhone and was originally released in 2010. Although superseded by the iPhone 4S in 2011 and the iPhone 5 in 2012, the iPhone 4 remains one of the most popular and best selling handsets on the market thanks to a timeless design and excellent hardware and software features.

The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone to feature Apple's FaceTime video calling feature and also the first to boast Apple's high-resolution 'Retina Display'. The iPhone 4 supports the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 5.1, and offers an excellent iPhone experience at a lower price point than the top-of-the-range iPhone 4S.

iPhone 3G S

The iPhone 3G S was initially introduced in 2009 and is the predecessor to the iPhone 4. As the oldest iPhone model still in widespread distribution, the iPhone 3G S represents the most affordable option for those in the market for a new iPhone.

Despite its age, the iPhone 3G S continues to offer solid performance and an enviable range of features, including access to the wide range of apps on Apple's App Store. While it lacks some of the more sophisticated features and advanced hardware of its successors, the iPhone 3G S remains a highly capable and desirable smartphone at a more modest price point.

Latest iPhone News

07 November 2012 by Simon
Terry Gou, Chairman of Foxconn, the company that assembles many Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad, has said that his company is struggling to keep up with the high level of demand for iPhone production. He was quoted as saying recently, "It's not easy to make the iPhones. We are falling sho...
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18 October 2012 by Simon
As if Apple weren't experiencing enough problems with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Some iPhone owners who have updated to the latest software or purchased the latest iPhone are now complaining that they have been faced with expensive phone bills due to excessive 3G use possibly caused by a bug in iOS 6, ...
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08 October 2012 by Simon
Workers at a Foxconn factory in China staged a walkout on Friday after a disagreement with employers over working conditions. Foxconn is one of the main manufacturers of many Apple products including the new iPhone. The walkout reportedly took place in the Zhengzhou factory which is one of the princ...
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08 October 2012 by Simon
One of the biggest changes that Apple made to the latest iPhone was the introduction of the new "Lightning" dock connector. While this is much smaller, more efficient, and can be inserted in any direction, it is also incompatible with the older 30 pin connection. If you have just upgraded to the ...
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03 October 2012 by Simon
The iPhone 5 may have been released without NFC support, but the earlier iPhone 4 and 4S are getting an NFC powered contactless payment system of sorts. The new NatWest TouchPay scheme uses an NFC powered iPhone case to make contactless payments and will be supported by many major retailers includin...
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01 October 2012 by Simon
Apple had aimed to introduce a streaming music service, much like Pandora or Spotify, with iOS 6 on the iPhone 5 but the feature did not make it to the final phone due to a disagreement between Apple and Sony. Sony is the world's largest music publisher and had been in talks with Apple regarding pot...
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27 September 2012 by Simon
Demand for the new iPhone 5 is soaring, not just amongst honest consumers but thieves too. We reported earlier the amount of thefts being directed at Apple's latest iPhone, including a spate of burglaries in Japan, a ram raid smash and grab in California, and an opportunistic phone store employee...
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26 September 2012 by Simon
Google CEO Eric Schmidt publically stated this week that his company had not submitted a new Google Maps app to the Apple App Store for review, although new evidence suggests that Google may be working on such an app. Google Maps was removed from iOS 6 and replaced by a new Maps app developed by ...
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26 September 2012 by Simon
As insurance can add to the monthly cost of owning a smartphone many people are reluctant to take out a policy. These people ensure themselves that they are not foolish enough to damage a phone or are too streetwise to ever have their beloved device snatched from their hands. With smartphones now co...
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25 September 2012 by Simon
While the iPhone 5 has been getting rave reviews and has enjoyed the most successful launch weekend of any iPhone to date, its unpolished Maps app has been receiving a lot of criticism from reviewers and customers alike. Now Google's CEO Eric Schmidt and Apple founder Steve Wozniak have both come ou...
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