Evolution of Apple iPhones from iPhone 2G to iPhone 13 pro max- Techieengineer.com

Apple iPhones have evolved a lot in the past 15 years. From the very first iPhone, iPhone 2G to iPhone 13 pro max, it has been a great success for Apple. And everyone just loves apple for its devices be it iPhones, Macbooks, Apple watches, iPads, etc. Today we will talk about Evolution of Apple iPhones.

The journey of Apple iPhone models has been a long way and since the first release of the iPhones, the number of Apple users kept on increasing worldwide. And today, Apple stands in the market as the number one gadgets making company along with Samsung and other brands. The craze for Apple products has been crazy among the people in the world.

You think of quality, Apple will hit your mind. Moreover, iPhones are loved so much worldwide. And since the starting of iPhones till now the craze for Apple iPhones can be seen everywhere. With the evolution from the size, display, user experience and etc. Apple has just left a mark in everyone’s heart.

But do you know the amazing facts and features about the journey of all the iPhones? Well, in this blog we are going to show you the amazing journey snapshot of all the iPhones in the market and even those iPhone models which can’t be seen anymore but you can get a feel about their features and looks.

Let’s Start the Journey of the Apple iPhones:

The very first model of the iPhone which started the revolution in the history of Apple was-

iPhone 1 or iPhone 2G: 2007

The very first iPhone (also known as the iPhone 2G) was developed and marketed by Apple. After years of stories and hypotheses, it was officially revealed in January 2007, and was released in the United States in June 2007.

Evolution of Apple iPhones

However, the production or the beginning of the first iPhone as a product started in 2005 and continued in complete secrecy until its public unveiling. When the iPhone was launched, it out ruled the old mobiles with prevailing designs by eliminating most physical hardware buttons, and introducing a stylus for its screen-based interface.

iPhone 2G changed the world of mobile devices when it introduced the touch screen while all the other mobile phones were based on hardware buttons.

The price of the iPhone 2G was $499 (approximately Rs 35,183) for the 4GB variant and $599 (approximately Rs 42,233) for the 8GB variant.

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iPhone 3G: 2008

The next model in the iPhone series was iPhone and it is the second generation of iPhone, successor to the original iPhone, and was introduced on June 9, 2008, at the WWDC 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, United States.

On July 11, 2008, Apple released the iPhone 3G across twenty-two countries in two storage options, 8GB and 16GB. The 16GB model was produced in either black or white.

Evolution of Apple iPhones

The iPhone 3G is internally similar to iPhone 2G but contained several new hardware features, such as GPS, 3G data and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA. The device was originally loaded with the concurrently launched iPhone OS 2.0.

Additionally to the other features (including push email and turn-by-turn navigation), this new operating system introduced the App Store—Apple’s new distribution platform for third-party applications.

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iPhone 3GS: 2009

This iPhone is named “3GS” where “S” stood for Speed (Phil Schiller had mentioned it in the launch keynote). It was launched in the United States, Canada, and six European countries on June 19, 2009, in Australia and Japan on June 26, and internationally in July and August 2009.

Advancements include performance, a 3-megapixel camera with higher resolution and video ability, voice control, and support for 7.2 Mbit/s HSDPA downloading (but remains limited to 384 kbps uploading as Apple had not implemented the HSUPA protocol).

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iPhone 4: 2010

iPhone 4 succeeded the iPhone 3GS and preceding the 4S. Following a number of significant leaks, the iPhone 4 was first revealed on June 7, 2010, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco and was released on June 24, 2010, in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan.

The iPhone 4 introduced a new hardware design to the iPhone family, which Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs praised as the thinnest smartphone in the world at the time.

iPhone 4 consisted of a stainless steel frame that doubled as an antenna, with internal components situated between two panels of aluminosilicate glass. The iPhone 4 introduced Apple’s new high-resolution “Retina Display” (with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.

While maintaining the same physical size and aspect ratio as its precursors, Apple’s A4 system-on-chip, along with iOS 4—which notably introduced multitasking functionality and Apple’s new FaceTime video chat service. It was the first iPhone at the time to include a front-facing camera, and the first to be released in a version for CDMA networks, ending AT&T’s period as the exclusive carrier of iPhone products in the United States.

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iPhone 4S: 2011

The iPhone 4S (retroactively stylized with a lowercase ‘s’ as iPhone 4s as of September 2013). It is the fifth generation of the iPhone succeeding the iPhone 4 and preceding the iPhone 5.

It was revealed on October 4, 2011, at Apple’s Cupertino campus, and was the final Apple product announced in the lifetime of former Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, who died the following day.

This iPhone was named “4S” where the “S” stood for Siri an iPhone 4S-exclusive intelligent personal assistant that was later included in future generations of mobile Apple products. Retaining most of the external design of the iPhone 4, the 4S hosted major internal upgrades, including an upgrade to the Apple A5 chipset, and an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording.

It debuted with iOS 5, the fifth major version of iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, that introduced features including iCloud, iMessage, Notification Center, Reminders, and Twitter integration.

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iPhone 5: 2012

The next model in the series is the iPhone 5. It is the 6th generation iPhone, succeeding the iPhone 4S and preceding both the iPhone 5S and 5C. It was formally unveiled as part of a press event on September 12, 2012, and subsequently released on September 21, 2012.

The iPhone 5 was the first iPhone to be announced in September, and setting a trend for subsequent iPhone releases, the first iPhone to be completely developed under the guidance of Tim Cook and the last iPhone to be overseen by Steve Jobs.

The iPhone 5 featured major design changes in comparison to its predecessor. These included an aluminum-based body which was thinner and lighter than previous models, a taller screen with a nearly 16:9 aspect ratio, the Apple A6 system-on-chip, LTE support, and Lightning, a new compact dock connector that replaced the 30-pin design used by previous iPhone models.

This was the second Apple phone to include its new Sony-made 8 MP camera, which was first introduced on the iPhone 4S.

Apple began taking pre-orders on September 14, 2012, and over two million were received within 24 hours.

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iPhone 5C: 2013

iPhone 5C is the seventh generation of the iPhone. The device was revealed on September 10, 2013, and released on September 20, 2013, along with its higher-end counterpart, the iPhone 5S. The “c” in the iPhone 5c’s name stands for Color.

The iPhone 5C is a variant of the iPhone 5, with similar hardware specifications but a hard-coated polycarbonate shell instead of the aluminum of the original iPhone 5. The iPhone 5C was available in several color options and shipped with iOS 7.

The iPhone 5C was released at a lower price point in comparison to the new flagship 5S: unlike Apple’s usual practice of lowering the price of the previous model upon release of a new version, the iPhone 5 was explicitly discontinued and replaced by the 5C.

On September 9, 2014, the 16 and 32 GB iPhone 5C models were replaced by the 8 GB model with the announcement of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. On September 9, 2015, the 8 GB version was discontinued when the iPhone 6S was announced except for India, which was produced until February 17, 2016.

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iPhone 5S: 2013

The iPhone 5S upholds almost the same external design as its predecessor, the iPhone 5, although the 5S received a new white/gold color scheme in addition to white/silver and space gray/black. The 5S has extensively upgraded internal hardware, however.

It introduced the A7 64-bit dual-core system-on-chip, the first 64-bit processor to be used on a smartphone, accompanied by the M7 “motion co-processor”. A redesigned home button with Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition system which can be used to unlock the phone and authenticate App Store and iTunes Store purchases, was also introduced.

The camera was also updated with a larger aperture and a dual-LED flash optimized for different color temperatures. Earphones known as EarPods were included with the 5S, and Apple released accessories including a case and a dock. It had a 4-inch display, similar to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C.

Among new software features introduced to the iPhone 5S were AirDrop, an ad-hoc Wi-Fi sharing platform; Control Center, a control panel containing a number of commonly used functions; and iTunes Radio, an internet radio service.

The 5S is the first iPhone to be supported through six major versions of iOS, from iOS 7 to iOS 12, along with the iPhone 6S and the first-generation iPhone SE which were supported from iOS 9 to iOS 15, and the second iOS device to support six major updates – the first being the iPad 2 which supported iOS versions 4 to 9.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus: 2014

iPhone 6 and 6 plus are the eighth generation of the iPhone, succeeding the iPhone 5S, and were announced on September 9, 2014, and released on September 19, 2014. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus jointly were themselves replaced as the flagship devices of the iPhone series by the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus on September 9, 2015.

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus include larger 4.7 and 5.5 inches (120 and 140 mm) displays, a faster processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity and support for a near field communications-based mobile payments offering.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus received positive reviews, with critics regarding their redesign, specifications, camera, and battery life as being improvements over previous iPhone models. However, aspects of the design of iPhone 6 were also criticized, including plastic strips on the rear of the device for its antenna that disrupted the otherwise metal exterior, and the screen resolution of the standard-sized iPhone 6 being lower than other devices in its class. The iPhone 6 sold very well, making it the best selling and the most popular iPhone model and one of the most successful phones to date.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been the subject of several hardware problems, including most prominently, being sensitive to bending under hard pressure (dubbed “Bendgate”), and as a byproduct of this lack of rigidity, the touchscreen’s internal hardware being susceptible to losing its connection to the phone’s logic board (nicknamed “Touch Disease”).

Additionally, some iPhone 6 Plus models were the subject of camera issues, including some with malfunctioning optical image stabilization or otherwise defects on rear cameras.

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: 2015

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were announced on September 9, 2015, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco by Apple CEO Tim Cook, with pre-orders beginning September 12 and official release on September 25, 2015.

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were succeeded by the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7, 2016, and were discontinued with the announcement of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR on September 12, 2018.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

The iPhone 6S has a identical design to the iPhone 6 but includes updated hardware, including a strengthened 7000 series aluminium alloy chassis and upgraded Apple A9 system-on-chip, a new 12-megapixel rear camera that can record up to 4K video at 30fps at first in the series, can take dynamic “Live Photos”.

The first increase in front camera photo resolution since the 2012 iPhone 5, and also features for the first time front facing “Retina Flash” which brightens up the display three times of its highest possible brightness for selfies, 2nd generation Touch ID fingerprint recognition sensor, LTE Advanced support, and “Hey Siri” capabilities without needing to be plugged in.

The iPhone 6S also introduces a new hardware feature known as “3D Touch”, which enables pressure-sensitive touch inputs. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are also the first smartphones to use the fastest high end flash storage NVM Express (NVMe). The 6S and 6S Plus, alongside the 1st generation SE, are the only iPhones to be supported through seven major versions of iOS, from iOS 9 to iOS 15.

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iPhone SE 1 or iPhone SE 2016: 2016

The first-generation iPhone SE (also known as iPhone SE 1 or iPhone SE 2016; SE stands for Special Edition.

The iPhone SE shares the same physical design and dimensions as iPhone 5S, and has upgraded internal hardware, including the newer Apple A9 system-on-chip, greater battery capacity, and a 12-megapixel rear camera that can record up to 4K video at 30 frames per second. Like the iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE can shoot Live Photos and has features like Retina Flash, and the option to have Hey Siri activated, without the need to be plugged into a power source.

The iPhone SE was discontinued by Apple on September 12, 2018. The 1st generation SE, alongside the 6S and 6S Plus, are the only iPhones to be supported through seven major versions of iOS, from iOS 9 to iOS 15.

Its successor, the second-generation iPhone SE, was announced on April 15, 2020, and released on April 24, 2020.

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: 2016

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the tenth generation of the iPhone. They were revealed on September 7, 2016, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco by Apple CEO Tim Cook, and were released on September 16, 2016, succeeding the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as the flagship devices in the iPhone series.

Apple also released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in numerous countries worldwide throughout September and October 2016. They were succeeded as flagship devices by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on September 22, 2017.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus

The iPhone 7’s overall design is similar to iPhone 6S and iPhone 6. Changes introduced included new color options (matte black and jet black), water and dust resistance, a new capacitive, static home button, revised antenna bands, and the controversial removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

The device’s internal hardware received upgrades, including a heterogeneous quad-core system-on-chip with improved system and graphics performance, upgraded 12 megapixel rear-facing cameras with optical image stabilization on all models, and an additional telephoto lens exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus to provide enhanced (2x) optical zoom capabilities and portrait mode. The front camera is the first in the series with 1080p (Full HD) video resolution.

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and iPhone X: 2017

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are smartphones designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. They make up the 11th generation of the iPhone. The iPhone 8 was released on September 22, 2017, succeeding the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and preceding the iPhone X.

iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were discontinued by Apple on April 15, 2020 with the release of the second-generation iPhone SE.

Except for addition of a glass back, the designs of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are largely similar to that of their predecessors. Notable changes include the removal of the rose gold and jet black color variants, addition of inductive charging, a faster processor, and improved cameras and displays. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus share most of their internal hardware with the iPhone X.

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone X: The iPhone X used a glass and stainless-steel form factor and “bezel-less” design, shrinking the bezels while not having a “chin”, unlike many Android phones. It was the first iPhone to use an OLED screen.

The home button’s fingerprint sensor was replaced with a new type of authentication called Face ID, which used sensors to scan the user’s face to unlock the device. This face-recognition capability also enabled emojis to be animated following the user’s expression (Animoji).

With a bezel-less design, iPhone user interaction changed significantly, using gestures to navigate the operating system rather than the home button used in all previous iPhones.

iPhone X

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iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: 2018

The iPhone XR is the least expensive device in Apple’s twelfth generation iPhone which also includes the iPhone XS and XS Max. Considered an “affordable flagship” or “budget flagship” at its release, the XR shares the newest internal key hardware but with features removed/downgraded to reduce the price.

iPhone XR

The XR features the same processor as the XS and XS Max, the Apple A12 Bionic chip built with a 7 nanometer process, which Apple claims to be the “smartest and most powerful chip” ever put into a smartphone. Instead of the OLED screen on the XS, the XR has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LED-backlit LCD IPS panel display, which Apple claims is the “most advanced LCD in the industry.” According to Apple, the XR battery lasts up to one-and-a-half hours longer than its direct predecessor, the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max (stylized and marketed as iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max; Roman numeral “X” pronounced “ten”) are smartphones designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc.

iPhone XS anad XS Max

They are the twelfth-generation flagships of the iPhone, succeeding the iPhone X. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the devices alongside a lower-end model, the iPhone XR, on September 12, 2018, at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. Pre-orders began on September 14, 2018, and the devices went on sale on September 21.

Improvements besides increased computing speeds include dual-SIM support, filming with stereo audio, and strengthened water resistance.

The XS Max was the first plus-sized iPhone to have the newer reduced bezel form factor, as the iPhone X did not have a larger variant. Production of the iPhone XS (and XS Max) ceased on September 10, 2019, after the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro announcement.

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iPhone 11, 11 pro and 11 pro max: 2019

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 has been showcased as the most affordable of Apple’s annual rollout, but it still had enough perks to be one of the year’s most popular models. It boasts a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display with six variations of eye-catching colors. The biggest hit comes in the form of the second camera on the back of the model. You’re not losing any quality either, as both cameras have 12 MP and multiple wide and ultra-wide lenses at your disposal.

iPhone 11 Pro

Some dedicated Apple users aren’t fans of the larger screens. If that’s the case, the iPhone 11 Pro is a breath of fresh air. The 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display is a revolutionary, crystal clear offering to handle all your photography needs. In an insane upgrade, featuring three 12 MP HDR camera lenses, effortlessly gifting the user with wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses. The color options aren’t as striking as the traditional iPhone 11, but there are plenty of decent phone cases out there waiting to spruce up the exterior.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

The largest – and priciest – model of 2019 is the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Super Retina XDR display is stunning, gelling with its ample 6.5” size. It also includes the same three-lens camera setup featured in the iPhone 11 Pro, providing a gateway into a striking new world of photography. You can expect the same color schemes between the two models, but the main difference is the size of the screen, which might be the kicker for some die-hard Apple fans.

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iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini: 2020

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini (stylized and marketed as iPhone 12 mini) are a range of smartphones designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. They are the fourteenth-generation, “affordable flagship” iPhones, succeeding the iPhone 11.

They were unveiled at a virtually held Apple Special Event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California on October 13, 2020, alongside the “premium flagship” iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 started on October 16, 2020, and the phone became available in most countries on October 23, 2020. Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Mini began on November 6, 2020, and the phone became available on November 13, 2020.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini

The major upgrades over the iPhone 11 include the addition of a Super Retina XDR OLED as opposed to the Liquid Retina LED-backlit LCD IPS panel on the iPhone 11 and XR, 5G support, the introduction of MagSafe, Apple A14 Bionic system on a chip (SoC), high-dynamic-range video Dolby Vision 4K up to 30 fps and a new Mini model.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, like the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, are the first iPhone models from Apple to no longer include a power adapter or EarPods headphones found in prior iPhone models; however, a USB-C to Lightning cable is included; and this change was retroactively applied to other iPhone models sold by Apple, such as the iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and the second-generation iPhone SE.

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iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max: 2020

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. They are the flagship smartphones in the fourteenth generation of the iPhone, succeeding the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Pro

They were unveiled alongside the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini at an Apple Special Event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California on October 13, 2020, with the iPhone 12 Pro being released on October 23, 2020, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max on November 13, 2020.

Major upgrades over the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max include the addition of 5G support, the LiDAR sensor, ProRAW (DNG) allowing high quality lossless 12bit image capture in the native photos app with the use of the new DNG v1.6 specification, the introduction of the MagSafe wireless charging and accessory system.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

The Apple A14 Bionic system on a chip (SoC), high-dynamic-range video Dolby Vision 10bit 4:2:0 4K video recording at 30 or 60 fps, larger 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, respectively, and the move to a base capacity of 128 GB from the prior base capacity of 64 GB, while retaining the other storage capacities of 256 and 512 GB.

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iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini: 2021

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini (stylized as iPhone 13 mini) are smartphones designed, developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. They are the fifteenth generation of iPhones (succeeding the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini).

They were unveiled at an Apple Event in Apple Park in Cupertino, California on September 14, 2021, alongside the higher priced iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max flagships. Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini began on September 17, 2021. They became available on September 24, 2021.

iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 has a flat chassis analogous to that of Apple’s recent products, with some differences such as the rear cameras being larger and arranged diagonally. The Face ID TrueDepth sensor housing is now 20% smaller when compared to their predecessors.

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini are available in five colors: Midnight, Starlight, Product Red, Blue, and Pink.

iPhone 13 and 13 Mini

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini use an Apple-designed A15 Bionic system on a chip. The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini feature a 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine,while the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max feature a 5 core GPU.

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iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max: 2021

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. They are the flagship smartphones in the fifteenth generation of the iPhone, succeeding the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The devices were unveiled alongside the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini at an Apple Special Event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California on September 14, 2021, and became available ten days later, on September 24.

iPhone 13 pro

Major upgrades over its predecessor include improved battery life, improved cameras and computational photography, rack focus for video in a new “Cinematic Mode” at 1080p 30 fps, Apple ProRes video recording, a new A15 Bionic system on a chip, and a variable 120 Hz display, marketed as ProMotion.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max’s design is mostly unchanged from its predecessor. However, the rear camera module now covers a larger area due to the larger lenses. The Face ID and camera module on the front display, or “notch”, is now 20% smaller than previous generations.

The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are available in four colors: Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Sierra Blue. Sierra Blue is a new color replacing Pacific Blue.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max uses an Apple-designed A15 Bionic processor featuring a 16-core neural engine, 6-core CPU (with 2 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores), and 5-core GPU. The A15 Bionic also contains a next-generation image processor.

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