How to Identify Your iPhone Model

iPhone 7

Year introduced: 2016
Capacity: 32, 128, 256 GB
Colors: Black, jet black, gold, rose gold, silver, (PRODUCT)RED
Model number on the back cover: A1660, A1778, A1779 (Japan*)

iPhone 7 Plus

Year introduced: 2016
Capacity: 32, 128, 256 GB
Colors: Black, jet black, gold, rose gold, silver, (PRODUCT)RED
Model number on the back cover: A1661, A1784, A1785 (Japan*)

iPhone 6s

Year introduced: 2015
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold, rose gold
Model number on the back cover: A1633, A1688, A1700

iPhone 6s Plus

Year introduced: 2015
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold, rose gold
Model number on the back cover: A1634, A1687, A1699

iPhone 6

Year introduced: 2014
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold
Model number on the back cover: A1549, A1586, A1589

iPhone 6 Plus

Year introduced: 2014
Capacity: 16, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold
Model number on the back cover: A1522, A1524, A1593

iPhone SE

Year introduced: 2016
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold, rose gold
Model number on the back cover: A1723, A1662, A1724

iPhone 5s

Year introduced: 2013
Capacity: 16, 32, 64 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold
Model number on the back cover: A1453, A1457, A1518, A1528,
A1530, A1533

iPhone 5c

Year introduced: 2013
Capacity: 8, 16, 32 GB
Colors: White, blue, pink, green, yellow
Model number on the back cover: A1456, A1507, A1516, A1529, A1532

iPhone 5

Year introduced: 2012
Capacity: 16, 32, 64 GB
Colors: Black and white
Model number on the back cover: A1428, A1429, A1442

iPhone 4s

Year introduced: 2011
Capacity: 8, 16, 32, 64 GB
Colors: Black and white
Model number on the back cover: A1431, A1387

iPhone 4

Year introduced: 2010 (GSM), 2011 (CDMA)
Capacity: 8, 16, 32 GB
Colors: Black and white
Model number on the back cover: A1349, A1332

iPhone 3GS

Year introduced: 2009
Capacity: 8, 16, 32 GB
Colors: Black and white
Model number on the back cover: A1325, A1303

iPhone 3G

Year introduced: 2008, 2009 (China)
Capacity: 8, 16 GB
Model number on the back cover: A1324, A1241

iPhone

Year introduced: 2007
Capacity: 4, 8, 16 GB
The model number on the back case is A1203.

iOS 9 is out in the wild

Apple released iOS 9 into the wild and it looks awesome. I don’t run an iDevice so I can’t comment on it as far as performance and overall satisfaction but I will be checking in with friends that do to get their feedback.

If you use an iDevice and want to know if you can install iOS 9, here is the list of compatible devices:

iPhone iPad iPod
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad 3rd generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 6th generation
  • iPod touch 5th generation

Noteworthy features

Notes

  • The Notes app has always been great for jotting down your thoughts. And now it’s great for so much more.
  • Turn lists into checklists – Add bullets with a tap to create checklists. Make a grocery list, a wish list, or a to-do list — and check off items as you go.
  • Sketch your thoughts – Use the tip of your finger to draw right in your note. A selection of drawing tools lets you choose different brush styles and colors. And a handy ruler helps you keep things straight.
  • Note it with a photo – Now you can take a photo from within the Notes app. Or tap to access your photo library and add an existing photo or video to a note.
  • All your notes across all your devices – Notes works with iCloud so you can access your notes no matter which device you’re using.

Maps

  • Transit – Maps now features Transit view, bringing you public transit information with routes and directions.
  • Nearby – When you search in Maps, you’ll see a list of categories including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun, and more.

Multitasking

  • Slide Over – Now you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re in.
  • Split View – With Split View, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time.
  • Picture in Picture – While using FaceTime or watching a video, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display.

Even longer battery life.

Across the entire operating system, apps and key technologies have been made more efficient to trim battery usage wherever possible — so you get more battery life for the things you do every day.

Smaller, more convenient updates.

iOS 9 does even more to efficiently stream new updates to your device without having to first download and unpack them — which means you don’t need as much free space to update.

  • iOS 9 – 1.3GB
  • iOS 8 – 4.58GB

Faster and more responsive.

The apps in iOS 9 now take advantage of Metal, making more efficient use of the CPU and GPU to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance.

Improved security.

Keeping your devices and Apple ID secure is essential to protecting your personal information — like photos, documents, messages, email, and so much more.

Six-digit passcodes

The default for passcodes on your Touch ID–enabled iPhone and iPad is now six digits instead of four.

Two-factor authentication

A password alone is not always enough to keep your account secure. That’s why iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have built-in support for two-factor authentication.

iPhone 6 rumors that alread already being done by others

The 4.7-inch display

When the iPhone debuted in 2007, its 3.5-inch screen was the big kid in the schoolyard. By the time the iPhone 5 arrived in September 2012, however, its upsized 4-inch display was unremarkable in size, having already been surpassed by numerous Android and Windows Phone models. Well, rumor has it the iPhone 6 will come in two flavors, including a “smaller” unit with a 4.7-inch display. It’s no surprise that Apple is finally joining the game. The HTC One X, LG Optimus G, Motorola Razr HD, Samsung Galaxy S3 (actually 4.8 inches), and other phones went this big about two years ago.

The phablet

The larger iPhone 6 model reportedly will have a 5.5-inch display, placing it smack-dab in phablet land. The phone/tablet hybrid, of course, isn’t new. Its origins date back a few years to oversized mobile phones such as the Dell Streak/Mini and the first-generation Samsung Galaxy Note. The Android-based Dell phablet came in 5- and 7-inch models. It didn’t last long; critics slammed it for being bulky, acting buggy, and having a lousy display. The Galaxy Note, despite withering early reviews, proved a global hit with consumers seeking an all-in-one mobile device. The original Note had a 5.3-inch screen; the latest Note 3 model measures 5.7 inches, and some devices have passed the 6-inch mark.

Battle of the thinnest

The iPhone 6 is expected to be Apple’s thinnest smartphone to date, with some reports claiming its svelteness will rival that of the 6.1-millimeter iPod Touch. (By comparison, the iPhone 5s is a relatively chunky 7.6 mm.) But even if the iPhone 6 matches the iPod Touch’s boney build, it won’t be the world’s thinnest phone. Two Android handsets from China are thinner, in fact: The 5.5-mm Gionee Elife S5.5, and the 5.75-mm Vivo X3. And the iPhone 6 may tie for third place with the Huawei Ascend P6, which is just under 6.2-mm thick. Each of these phones is ridiculously thin, of course, so any “world’s thinnest” boast might seem silly, particularly if the slimness impacts the performance of other essential tools, most notably the camera.

Full HD resolution

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 reportedly will have a full HD display, or 1,920-by-1,080 pixels (401 pixels per inch). The 4.7-inch model is expected to have a 1,334-by-750 pixel display (326 ppi). Good specs, certainly, but not enough to earn Apple high-res bragging rights. Today’s smartphone with the highest screen resolution is the LG G3, which starts shipping this month. The G3’s 5.5-inch display has an amazing 2,560-by-1,440 resolution (538 ppi). If you’re shopping for 4K smartphones, sorry — looks like you have to wait until next year.

Curved display

Here’s an April rumor that seems increasingly unlikely as the iPhone 6 launch date nears: The device will feature a curved display with rounded corners. The perceived benefits are that a curved shape would fit better in the human hand or a rear pocket, and would offer better viewing angles. If true, the iPhone 6 wouldn’t be the first curvaceous smartphone. The LG G Flex is a curvy phablet with a 6-inch OLED screen, and the Samsung Galaxy Round shows the time and other notifications when you tilt the phone to one side (when the home screen is off). Bottom line: Don’t expect a curved iPhone 6. A recent flurry of images from Apple-centric rumor sites show a more conventional, flat design.

Optical image stabilization

A report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a prolific and generally reliable source of Apple rumors, says the larger (5.5-inch) iPhone 6 will include optical image stabilization (OIS), a feature that reduces image blur by shifting the camera lens to adjust for movement of the device. OIS would be a first for iOS devices, but not for smartphone cameras. For instance, the Nokia Lumia 1020, which debuted in July 2013 and is best known for its jaw-dropping 41-megapixel sensor, features OIS. So did the now-discontinued Nokia Lumia 920, which arrived in November 2012. One challenge for Apple is how to improve the iPhone’s camera while reducing the device’s thickness. In April, 9to5Mac reported that some analysts believe Apple has chosen an ultra-thin frame over OIS. Might it achieve both?

At long last, NFC?

Another year, another prediction that Apple will add near field communication (NFC) technology to the iPhone. NFC hasn’t exactly fulfilled its potential at becoming the next big thing in mobile payments or data sharing. It’s pretty much been a dud, in fact, despite being embraced by a wide mix of merchants, banks, and Android device vendors. Apple, quite conspicuously, has been absent from the roster of NFC backers; rather it has been promoting its Bluetooth Low Energy-based iBeacon technology as a mobile payment solution. But that may change with the iPhone 6, according to MacRumors, including KFI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. If the rumor is valid, an NFC-enabled iPhone would come three years after early adopters like the Android-based LG Optimus Net (above).

Source: InformationWeek