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Apple's iPhone: 8 years of the company's flagship phone

With the first generation iPhone released eight years ago on June 29, 2007, take a look at the history of the iPhone in photos from launches and events.

iPhone 1st generation, June 29, 2007

To much anticipation and fanfare, the first iPhone
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To much anticipation and fanfare, the first iPhone was released with the 4 gigabyte model priced at $499 and the 8 gigabyte model at $599, both required a two-year phone service contract.

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the new
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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the new device in January 2007 at the Macworld Convention in San Francisco. Jobs touted the phone's ability to serve as a music player, mobile phone and Internet browser.

As with most Apple product releases, lines built
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As with most Apple product releases, lines built up around city blocks for the new device, with some camping out. The first generation iPhone would go on to sell 6.1 million in more than five quarters.

iPhone 3G, July 11, 2008

Shortly after the launch of the first iPhone,
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Shortly after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple announced the iPhone 3G on June 9, 2008, and began selling the second generation iPhone in July 2008. The slogan "twice as fast, for half the price" bragged about the price-reduction of the new phone at $199 for the 8 gigabyte model, as well as several new hardware features like GPS and 3G data plans.

One of the most important new features came
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One of the most important new features came in the form of the App Store, allowing users to find third-party applications for the first time. There were 500 apps available at the launch of the App Store, but that has swelled to millions in the passing years. The iPhone 3G also could be purchased in black or white.

iPhone 3GS, June 19, 2009

The iPhone 3GS would replace the 3G one
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The iPhone 3GS would replace the 3G one year later, announced on June 8 and released on June 19, 2009. With the "S" standing for "speed," the phone had mainly internal changes, being touted as two-times faster than the previous version.

Additions to the iPhone 3GS included a new
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Additions to the iPhone 3GS included a new 3-megapixel camera with video recording, voice control, battery life improvements, and twice the amount of the 3G's RAM at 256 MB.

iPhone 4, June 24, 2010

The iPhone 4 featured the first significant redesign
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The iPhone 4 featured the first significant redesign of Apple's flagship device and was introduced on June 7 and released on June 24, 2010. Steve Jobs said the phone was the thinnest in the world at the time, with a new stainless steel frame and chemically strengthened glass.

Along with physical features, the phone debuted with
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Along with physical features, the phone debuted with Apple's new high-resolution Retina Display ? a liquid crystal display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. Also introduced was Apple's A4 chip with iOS 4, multitasking and FaceTime video chat. It was also the first iPhone to include a front-facing camera.

More than 1.7 million units of the iPhone
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More than 1.7 million units of the iPhone 4 sold in the first three days, and the phone went on to be a huge success for the company. It remained the top iPhone for more than a year until October 2011.

iPhone 4S, Oct. 14, 2011

Dubbed
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Dubbed "the most amazing iPhone, yet," the iPhone 4S had no aesthetic updates, but instead focused on improving internals for better speed and use. The phone was announced on Oct. 4, and released 10 days later on Oct. 14, 2011.

The
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The "S" in the iPhone 4S stood for Siri, as Apple's new intelligent voice-assistant debuted. Upgrades were also made in the form of the A5 chip set, an megapixel camera with 1080p recording, and iOS 5, which included, among other things, iCloud, iMessage, and Notification Center.

iPhone 5, Sept. 21, 2012

Less than a year later, Apple introduced iPhone
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Less than a year later, Apple introduced iPhone 5, the company's sixth generation. The phone was unveiled on Sept. 12, 2012, and featured a lighter and thinner aluminum body, LTE support, and a new Lightning adapter replacing the traditional 30-pin connector in previous iPhone models.

A bigger screen of 4-inches was introduced with
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A bigger screen of 4-inches was introduced with the iPhone 5. Until this point, every iPhone shared the same 3.5-inch display. Performance also received a boost in the form of an A6 processor. The phone started at $199 for 16-gigabytes, $299 for 32-gigabytes and $400 for 64-gigaybtes -- all required a two-year contract.

iPhone 5C, Sept. 20, 2013

For the first time, Apple would introduce two
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For the first time, Apple would introduce two different iPhones to be launched at the same time ? the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. The 5C was marketed as a more cost-effective and kid-friendly version of the flagship device, using the same hardware as the iPhone 5 on the inside, but with unique color-coated cases. The 5Cs originally cost $99 for the 16-gigabyte model and $199 for the 32-gigabyte model, both with two-year contracts.

iPhone 5S, Sept. 20, 2013

Considered the true successor to the iPhone 5,
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Considered the true successor to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S maintained very similar design to its predecessor, differing only with a new sapphire metallic ring, Touch ID and fingerprint recognition around the home button on the phone. Combined, 9 million units of the 5S and 5C sold on the opening weekend.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Sept. 19, 2014

The most recent version of Apple's flagship phone,
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The most recent version of Apple's flagship phone, the iPhone 6 came in two versions -- a regular 6 with a 4.7 inch screen, and a 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen. Each had support for more than 20 LTE bands, and new near-field-communications features such as Apple Pay for scanning in payment for purchases.

More than 10 million units of the iPhone
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More than 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were sold in the first three days, setting an Apple record. The phones start at $199 and $299 respectively.

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