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What’s the Newest iPhone?

Apple has released over 20 models of iPhones since the original iPhone launched all the way back in 2007. But it isn’t always easy to figure out which iPhone is the latest to come out or which new model you should upgrade to.

No worries, you can use this handy guide to see the latest models of the iPhone. We’ll explain each iPhone’s features, why you should buy them, and how you can tell them apart from previous models.

How to Check Which iPhone You Own

A photo of the original iPhone with a question mark.

Apple releases a slew of new iPhones every year, and it isn’t always easy to tell one model apart from another. Still, you may want to know what iPhone you own before upgrading or buying a protective case. And while Apple has an iPhone Identifier on its Support page, it’s often easier to just look up the model number on Google.

To check your iPhone’s model number, go to “Settings,” open the “General” tab, and press “About.” Scroll down to see your iPhone’s model number and Google it to check which iPhone you own. If you’re using an iPhone 7 or older, you can also find the model number inscribed on the back of the phone near the charging port.

An iPhone’s model number tells you which type of iPhone it is and what year it was released. If you need to check your iPhone’s storage capacity, go back to the “About” page and look for the word “Capacity.” If you’re using an iPhone 7 or older, you can also find the storage capacity on the backside near the written model number.

iPhone 13 and 13 Mini (2021)

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Released in 2021, the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini are the latest devices in what we’ll call Apple’s “standard” iPhone series. They’re an incremental upgrade over last year’s iPhone 12-series devices, offering improvements like a smaller Face ID notch, new battery-saving LTPO HDR displays, upgraded Ceramic Shield glass for increased drop-protection, and faster MagSafe charging.

Aside from their screen size and price tag, the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini are technically identical, save for their size. The iPhone 13 has a comfortable 6.1-inch display (the same as the iPhone 13 Pro), while the iPhone 13 Mini has a significantly smaller 5.4-inch display.

Identifying the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini can be tough, as they look pretty similar to last year’s 12-series iPhones. The only major differences here are the cameras—the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini have the smallest Face ID notches of all time, and their rear camera lenses sit in a diagonal (rather than a vertical) orientation. And unlike the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, which have three camera arrays, the standard 13 and 13 Mini have just two rear cameras.

Here are all previous versions of the standard iPhone (including S and C-type models):

  • iPhone 12 and 12 Mini (2020)
  • iPhone 11 (2019)
  • iPhone XS (2018)
  • iPhone X (2017)
  • iPhone 8 (2017)
  • iPhone 7 (2016)
  • iPhone 6s (2015)
  • iPhone 6 (2014)
  • iPhone 5s (2013)
  • iPhone 5c (2013)
  • iPhone 5 (2012)
  • iPhone 4s (2011)
  • iPhone 4 (2010)
  • iPhone 3GS (2009)
  • iPhone 3G (2008)
  • iPhone (2007)

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The standard iPhone 13 has all the features you need in a new iPhone, including mmWave 5G support, MagSafe charging, a smaller Face ID notch, and a new battery-saving LTPO HDR display.

Apple iPhone 13 Mini (128GB, Pink) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

Aside from its smaller screen and reduced price tag, the iPhone 13 Mini is identical to the standard iPhone 13. It's a killer option for young people or anyone who hates giant phones.

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max (2021)

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Released in 2021, Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are the newest devices in the Pro series. They pack some of the same features as the standard iPhone 13, like the smaller Face ID notch, but also pack in an upgraded 77mm telephoto lens, a 120Hz ProMotion display, and storage options up to 1TB. All in all, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are upgrade options for nerds and professionals who want a bit more than what the standard iPhone series has to offer.

The iPhone 13 Pro has a 6.1-inch display (the same size as the standard iPhone 13), while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display (the largest of any iPhone). They feature a steel frame and stain back for a premium look and feel.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max look nearly identical to last year’s 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. The only noticeable difference is the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max’s smaller Face ID notch. If you need to tell an iPhone 13 Pro apart from a standard iPhone 13, just look at the camera—Apple sticks three lenses in its Pro-series handsets.

Here are all previous versions of the iPhone Pro line (including Plus models):

  • iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max (2020)
  • iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max (2019)
  • iPhone XS Max (2018)
  • iPhone 8 Plus (2017)
  • iPhone 7 Plus (2016)
  • iPhone 6s Plus (2015)
  • iPhone 6 Plus (2014)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro (128GB, Sierra Blue) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

Need a little extra from your iPhone? The new iPhone 13 Pro packs a 120Hz ProMotion display, an upgraded 77mm telephoto lens, and other improvements that the standard iPhone 13 lacks.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB, Sierra Blue) [Locked] + Carrier Subscription

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is the largest iPhone of all time. It's the best option for someone who wants everything Apple has to offer.

iPhone SE (2nd Gen) (2020)

A photo of the iPhone SE 2020.

Apple’s iPhone SE 2020 is the newest iPhone in the SE series. It eschews some new features like Face ID and an edge-to-edge display for the sake of affordability. It’s very similar to the iPhone 8, with a Touch ID, Home button, a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, Apple Pay support, and a single 12-megapixel sensor (which supports Portrait mode). Still, the iPhone SE features a fantastic A13 Bionic chip with the Apple neural engine for performance that’s similar to the iPhone 12, and it only costs $400 (and regularly goes on sale for much less).

This iPhone is a fantastic option for those who are on a budget or who prefer to use Touch ID over the Face ID system found in the iPhone 12. And because the SE fits in iPhone 8 cases, people upgrading from the iPhone 8 don’t need to buy any new accessories.

The iPhone SE is easy to tell apart from the iPhone 12, as it sports an old-fashioned design, a small LCD display, and a physical Home button. Still, the SE looks nearly identical to the iPhone 8. The only difference is that the SE has a centered Apple logo on its backside, while the iPhone 8 has an offset logo. The iPhone SE comes with a Lightning cable and power adapter, although you’ll have to buy a new power cable to fast charge the SE at 18 watts.

Here are all previous versions of the iPhone SE:

  • iPhone SE (2016)

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A fantastic option for people on a budget, the iPhone SE 2020 sports an old design and a powerful new A13 Bionic processor.

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