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How to choose an iPhone


Even despite the relatively small list of smartphones offered by Apple, buyers often think for a long time which one to choose: option 6 plus or just 6, with a large memory capacity or medium, silver or gold, etc. Here it’s obvious - how many people, so many opinions.

Let's go through the most significant criteria, on the basis of which you can choose which iPhone 6 model is ideal for you.


From the point of view of general perception, an iPhone in a graphite-black design looks more pleasant. It is not without reason that this version was chosen for a spectacular presentation of the popular line. The black frames around the display in it look thinner, visually hides almost a millimeter. Although the choice of color is a purely subjective matter. The silver color on the back of the iPhone is preferable - for reasons of durability and less prone to fingerprint contamination. This, in fact, is the native color of the aluminum alloy from which the smartphone body is created. The other two versions, although they have a persistent paint created by the anodizing method, still wipe and fade over time.

Also, the plastic inserts above the antennas in the silver version retain their color much longer. In the other two models (especially the golden one) they soon become white and even more noticeable. Although behind the scenes, it is the “golden” version that is considered the coolest. It appeared relatively recently and many wanted to buy a spectacular new product. In addition, residents of Asian and Eastern countries were the first to sweep it off the shelves, because gold, albeit fake, is a sign of prosperity.

True, all these reflections on the theme of color are completely leveled by covers. And they definitely need to be applied, because like the glass of the screen, although claimed to be particularly durable, it is still scratched. The ultra-smooth metal of the case, coupled with the impressive dimensions of the “sixes”, complicates a confident grip in the hand, especially if it is wet. So any case will help to eliminate these shortcomings, and if it is not transparent, the issue of color fades into the background.

Form factor

As for the choice between the iPhone 6, with a diagonal of 4.7 inches and 5.5 - inch phablet 6 Plus?

By the vast majority of characteristics, the devices are very similar. The main, and sometimes decisive, differences between the models are as follows:

- 6 + has a more powerful battery - as a result of a larger screen, which requires a lot of energy to operate,

- the phablet also has a slightly better screen, it has a resolution of 1920 × 1080 (against 1334 × 750), and the number of dots per inch is also significantly higher - 401 against 326, which means less grain.

- the 6+ camera has optical stabilization, which is much more effective in damping noise from shaking when shooting,

- But iPhone 6 is much more familiar in the palm of your hand, it’s more convenient for them to control with one hand. In 6 Plus, to simplify management, there is a special option - reachability, which moves down - closer to the fingers the top of the menu (it is launched by double-tapping the Home button). But still, to fully control the device - you need two hands. - iPhone 6 takes up relatively little space, you can put it in your pocket and go on business, for the phablet you will have to take an extra bag.

If your iPhone is purchased overseas, be sure to pay attention to which networksLTEit is adapted. Otherwise, upon returning to the homeland, there will be problems with the smartphone's perception of local high-speed mobile networks.

Users from the CIS countries are better off choosing the following models: A 1586 or A 1549 - with the case of the iPhone 6, and A 1524 or A 1522 - for the 6 Plus.

These models are considered universal, because support the maximum number of networks around the world - about twenty. It is ideal to choose models with the first coding mentioned - for each subtype.

Based on considerations of suitable amounts of memory, it is best to choose an iPhone with a capacity of 64 GB. The arithmetic is simple - 16 GB of active user will be disastrously insufficient, and 128 GB - unreasonably many. In fact, for a person using an iPhone more often for calls and for viewing a news feed on the Internet, there will be plenty of built-in 16 GB. In addition, free 25 GB of cloud storage is provided.

In addition, at the moment, a version with a capacity of 128 GB is not available for order in the official storeApple. This is all due to the identified instability of such flash drives, which is provoked by the installation of more than 200 applications. Although it still exists in resellers' warehouses, it is quite possible to pick it up in the right color. True, you should not set the mentioned records by the number of applications, it seems that there are not so many advanced users.

In the Russian AppStore, the price of an iPhone 6 with a minimum memory capacity of 16 GB is 44,990 rubles (regardless of color), 6 Plus starts at 52,990 rubles. The next version - with 64 GB - is 8000 rubles higher than the indicated prices. As already mentioned, 128 GB versions of smartphones are currently unavailable for ordering, and there are also no golden iPhones. It seems that this is partly due to the manufacturer’s reluctance to compete with the recently released models, series 6 S.

At official resellers these figures will definitely be lower by a couple of thousand - for them you can easily buy a protective film with a case. Also, they can find the desired iPhone in any color and with the appropriate amount of memory. In this case, Apple’s sophisticated marketing does not work.

In addition, no one excludes the possibility of buying a used smartphone. And in quite good condition, since most of the “sixes” are only a little over a year old.

Fans of photographing everything in a row should choose version 6 Plus, with built-in memory, with a capacity of 128 GB. Firstly, his camera is equipped with advanced optical stabilization, which means it takes much sharper pictures, regardless of the shaking created by the “operator”. And secondly, the amount of memory will probably be enough for a large number of pictures or video materials. Even considering the large sizes of the created high-quality media files. Thirdly, the battery of the positive modification is much more capacious, and will last up to one and a half days under intense loads.

People who constantly need a tablet should also take a closer look at the iPhone 6 Plus, as it can successfully replace both devices. It is always at hand, the battery lasts for a long time, everything is clearly visible on the screen. It is more convenient to type large tests, print messages or just play on it.

So, at first glance, absolutely identical models have so many differences. But anyway, which iPhone meets all your needs is up to you.

The principle of operation and the device iPhone

iPhone is a series of multimedia smartphones developed by Apple. All devices are running iOS. This is a slightly simplified and optimized version of the macOS operating system, designed to function on mobile devices.

Simply put, an iPhone includes the capabilities of a phone, audio and video player, as well as a personal digital assistant. With it, you can make not only calls, but also create conferences right during the conversation.

Visually, the iPhone is a unit that can only be disassembled in a special service workshop. Its screen is assembled from two components: a display, where information is displayed, and a touch screen, which is placed on top.

The glass on the front has an oleophobic coating, due to which fat is repelled from the surface. The device works both in portrait and landscape orientation, which is controlled using a special switch button.

Types of iPhones

The iPhone 5S is the receiver of the iPhone 5 that has been discontinued. Among the features, a fingerprint scanner can be distinguished, which was built into the Home button located at the bottom right below the screen.

On board there is a 64-bit processor instead of a 32-bit one, which will no longer be supported by the company. The operating system has been updated to 11 iOS. New color schemes for the case were added: gold and "space gray", and the classic black was removed.


  • updated processor
  • fingerprint scanner
  • improved main and front camera,
  • low cost.


  • diagonal of 4 inches,
  • technically and morally obsolete apparatus.
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Generations and varieties of iPhone

Since the summer of 2007, when the first generation of the iPhone was released, many models and varieties of the Apple smartphone have accumulated:

  • iPhone 2G (aluminum)
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS in two varieties - with old and new bootrom
  • iPhone 4 in three varieties - regular model, CDMA model and 2012 model
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5 in two varieties - a model for America and the "global model"
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR

The very first, aluminum iPhone, unlike other generations. A characteristic difference is a large black plastic insert under the antenna in the lower part of the rear wall of the housing. Although this generation has a name iPhone 2G, it does not mean the generation of the iPhone itself, but the generation of cellular networks in which it operates. The first iPhone only supported second-generation networks (including GPRS and EDGE).

iPhone 3G has a fully plastic case in white or black. All inscriptions on the back wall are made in gray paint. iPhone was named so due to the fact that it was implemented support for 3G cellular networks.

Old and new iPhone 3GS bootroms

iPhone 3GS from the perspective of jailbreak prospects, there are two types - with an old bootrom and with a new bootrom. Butrom (bootrom) is a non-rewritable hardware bootloader of the device, and the prospects of jailbreak largely depend on the presence of vulnerabilities in it. The difference between the old and the new bootrom is still evident: for iPhone 3GS with old bootrom guaranteed untethered jailbreak on any version of iOS, and for iPhone 3GS with a new bootrom - only tethered (read the difference between tethered and untethered jailbreak here).

It’s easy to distinguish iPhone 3GS with the new bootrom by serial number. It is necessary to take the third, fourth and fifth of its numbers. The third digit encrypts the year of production (9 = 2009th, 0 = 2010th, 1 = 2011th), the fourth and fifth - the serial number of the week of the year on which the iPhone was released (from 01 to 52). The first iPhone 3GS with a new bootrom began to appear in the 40th week of 2009, and from the 45th week the new bootrom began to be used in all released iPhone. Thus, if the third digit of the iPhone 3GS serial number is 0 or 1, it definitely has a new bootrom. If the third digit is 9, you need to look at the fourth and fifth digits. If they are less than or equal to 39, butrom is exactly old, if greater than or equal to 45, butrom is exactly new.

You can find out the serial number of iPhone 3GS without turning on the device, because the serial is printed on the SIM card tray. However, this is not a very reliable method, especially when buying, because the tray is easy to replace. You can find out the serial number exactly either in iTunes (on the device’s main page) or on the device itself, in the menu "Settings-General-About this device-Serial number".

Significantly different from all previous iPhones, firstly, by design, and secondly by display. Both front and rear panels iPhone 4 made entirely of glass, and around the perimeter of the smartphone is surrounded by a metal rim-antenna.

There are three iPhone 4 models:

  • ordinary GSM modelthat looks exactly like the photo above
  • CDMA Model iPhone 4 differs in the absence of a SIM tray and another antenna design - it does not have a black bar to the right of the headphone jack.
  • second revision of iPhone 4The launch of which began in 2012 looks no different from ordinary iPhone 4 GSM, but its processor has much less vulnerabilities for jailbreak. You can distinguish this iPhone model only with the help of third-party utilities, for example, redsn0w. Connect the gadget to the computer, download redsn0wfor OS X or for Windows, run the utility. Go to the Extras-Even more-Identify menu, in the window that opens, scroll down and see the value in the ProductType line. If there “iPhone3,1” is a regular GSM-iPhone 4, if “iPhone3,2” is a new revision of iPhone 4 GSM, and the CDMA model is designated “iPhone3,3”.

iPhone 4S it looks almost the same as the iPhone 4 GSM, but its antenna design is the same as that of the iPhone 4 CDMA, while the iPhone 4S is always equipped with a SIM tray.

However, the most reliable way to distinguish iPhone 4S is the model code on the back. If the second line beneath the word iPhone says “Model A1387,” this is exactly the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 5 differs from all other generations of the iPhone in height - with the same screen width, its diagonal has grown to 4 inches. The back panel of the iPhone 5 is made of aluminum, and glass inserts covering the antennas are placed on top and bottom.

Initially, iPhone 5 was released in two varieties - the "model for America" ​​and the "global model." The difference between them is in the list of supported LTE ranges, but for Russia it practically does not matter, because none of these models can work on Russian frequencies allocated for 4G.

You can distinguish iPhone 5 models by the model code on the back wall. "Model A1428" produces the "American model", and model A1429 - the "global".

iPhone 5c - The first iPhone released in a multi-colored plastic case. Available in blue, green, pink, yellow and white models.

iPhone 5c was available in 6 hardware models - A1532 (for North America and China), A1456 (CDMA model for the USA and Japan), A1507 (worldwide model), A1529 (for Southeast Asia), A1516 and A1526 (for China) which differ in the composition of the supported LTE bands.

iPhone 5s - The first iPhone with Touch ID scanner. A fingerprint scanner is built into the Home button, which has lost an icon but got a metal rim. Other external differences between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5 are a double flash and a reduced gap around the Power button and volume control buttons.

iPhone 5s was available in 6 hardware models - A1533 (for North America and China), A1453 (CDMA model for North America and Japan), A1457 (global model), A1518 and A1528 (for China) and A1530 (for Southeast Asia ), which differ in the composition of the supported LTE bands.

iPhone SE - An unusual version of the iPhone, as evidenced by its name. It has no numbers, and the letters SE mean Special Edition. Externally, the smartphone differs little from the iPhone 5s, but its hardware filling corresponds to the iPhone 6s. As for performance, here the smaller iPhone even leads, ahead of the top Apple flagships of 2015. There are practically no external differences between the iPhone 5s and SE: SE is available in “pink gold”, and 5s is not, in addition, the iPhone SE has an additional marking on the back - a square with rounded corners and the inscription “SE” inside.

iPhone SE is released in 3 hardware models - A1662 (for America), A1724 (for China) and A1723 (for the rest of the world). It is important to note that the American model A1662 does not support the popular LTE-band 7 in Russia.

In 2017, the iPhone SE line was redesigned, instead of models with 16 and 64 GB of memory, models with 32 and 128 GB began to be produced.

iPhone 6 It was marked not only by a change in design, but also by another increase in the diagonal of the screen. Externally, the iPhone 6 is similar to the very first generation of the iPhone - a lot of metal, rounded corners. But the similarities end there: the iPhone 6 is much thinner, differs in the shape and position of the buttons. So, the Power button moved from the upper end to the right side of the smartphone. Another characteristic (and not the most pleasant) difference between the iPhone 6 and previous generations of the iPhone is a camera protruding from the body. The iPhone 6 has only one hardware model, universal for all regions. iPhone 6 comes in three hardware models - A1549 (for the Americas), A1589 (for China) and A1586 (for the rest of the world).

IPhone 6 Plus

The only thing that looks different iPhone 6 Plus from iPhone 6 - size. But this is quite enough, because the difference between the diagonals of 5.5 and 4.7 inches will be noticed by anyone. It is actually the largest iPhone in history. Like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus has three different hardware models targeting different regions of the world: A1522 for America, A1593 for China and A1524 for most other countries.

iPhone 6s cannot be visually distinguished from iPhone 6, they are completely identical. However, the iPhone 6s is the first in the history of the iPhone, which is also available in the new “pink gold” color. Other features of the iPhone 6s include a 3D Touch display that recognizes the force of pressing, and a 12-megapixel camera. But the turned off iPhone 6s can definitely be calculated only after inspecting the back cover. There, under the iPhone, you will see the capital letter S in a square with rounded corners. Below, the model hardware code will be engraved in small print - A1633 (model for the USA), A1700 (for China), A1691 (for Southeast Asia) or A1688 (for the rest of the world).

IPhone 6s Plus

With regard to the iPhone 6s Plus, everything that is written above about the iPhone 6s is true. The 6s Plus also cannot be distinguished from the 6 Plus without looking at the back cover and making sure the letter “S” is there.Like the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus comes in four hardware models - A1634 (model for the USA), A1699 (for China), A1690 (for Southeast Asia) or A1687 (for the rest of the world).

In 2016, Apple's long-standing rule that a new number in the iPhone model number always meant a redesign of the case was violated. Of course, the iPhone 7 can be distinguished from its predecessors, but only if you look closely. Firstly, the new generation iPhone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Secondly, the camera is now not so much sticking out of the case, the protrusion was smoothed. Thirdly, the design of the antennas on the case is simplified - the transverse straight stripes are removed, only the stripes that envelope the upper and lower edges of the iPhone around the perimeter are left. iPhone 7 is no longer available in the color "space gray", it was replaced by two shades of black - matte and glossy (marketing name is "black onyx"). The iPhone 7 has one of 4 numbers of hardware models on the back wall - A1660, A1778, A1779 or A1780.

In the spring of 2017, a new iPhone 7 case color appeared - red.

IPhone 7 Plus

For the iPhone 7 Plus, what is written in the paragraph above, except for the camera, is again relevant. It is difficult to confuse it with other models. if only because the iPhone 7 Plus has more than one. The iPhone 7 Plus is the first dual-camera iPhone ever designed for optical double zoom and bokeh. Like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus comes immediately in 4 hardware models - A1661, A1784, A1785 and A1786.

In the spring of 2017, the iPhone 7 Plus also began to be released in the red color of the case.

IPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Although the iPhone 8 got the next digit in the name, in fact, it was supposed to be called iPhone 7s. There are really few differences from the “seven”: the back cover is made of glass, which makes wireless charging possible, updated cameras and a processor. Even their dimensions are the same, which makes it possible to use cases from the iPhone 7/7 +. The iPhone 8 has fewer colors than its predecessors: silver, space gray and gold. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus each received 4 hardware models: A1863, A1905, A1906 and A1907 for iPhone 8, A1864, A1897, A1898 and A1899 for iPhone 8 Plus.

iPhone X is the very anniversary iPhone dedicated to the decade of the era of iPhones that changed the world. This iPhone is radically different from everything that came before. It does not have a Home button (and indeed there are no buttons on the front) - this alone allows us to clearly distinguish it from other iPhones. This is also the first iPhone with an OLED display and new authorization technology for the three-dimensional Face ID model, which replaced the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The iPhone X has only two body colors: silver and gray space.

The iPhone X has two hardware models - A1865 and A1901.

IPhone 5 / iPhone 5s / iPhone SE

Many online sites are literally clogged with these 4-inch iPhones. Outwardly, distinguishing them is quite simple, but you need to know what to look at. It is on these devices that scammers try to fool customers by giving the older iPhone 5 as iPhone 5s or escu as iPhone SE.

The screen size, dimensions, color and weight of the devices are almost the same. Of course, the iPhone 5 was not sold in gold, and 5s in pink gold, but the masters from Gorbushka will be able to install the case of any color on the desired model, so you should not rely on color.

Storage Capacity: iPhone 5 16/32/64 GB, iPhone 5s 16/32/64 GB, iPhone SE 16/32/64/128 GB.

Model number: iPhone 5 A1428, A1429, A1442, iPhone 5s A1453, A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530, A1533, iPhone SE A1723, A1662, A1724.

How to distinguish between iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s

The main difference between the iPhone 5 is the lack of a Touch ID sensor. The Home button has an icon and does not recognize fingerprints. This can be seen both externally and by the absence of the Touch ID section in the settings.

Another significant moment will be a flash on the back of the device. The older model has a round flash, and the iPhone 5s has an oval with two LEDs.

How to distinguish between iPhone 5s and iPhone SE

This often comes across even the owners of Apple technology with experience. Externally, the models can hardly be distinguished.

Some see more beveled edges on the ends in the SE model, but the changes are difficult to notice even with a direct comparison, so you should not hope for that.

The main indicator for us is the marking on the back cover. At the new iPhone there is a SE index. Bearing in mind the possibility of replacing the case, do not forget to check the model number in the settings of the device itself.

A bright plastic case immediately distinguishes a more affordable smartphone from the three previous models.

Storage Capacity: 8/16/32 GB.

Model number: A1456, A1507, A1516, A1529, A1532.

IPhone 6 / iPhone 6s

Here lies another potential place for fraud. Often they try to pass off the "six" as an "escu" and throw an extra 8-10 thousand to the price of the device.

You can distinguish between models by the back cover. The newer iPhone 6s has an “S” on the back, while the iPhone 6s also has pink gold.

Again, we do not trust only the appearance, we check the model number in the settings and the presence of 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s (you need to strongly click on the application icons to call up the additional menu).

Storage Capacity: iPhone 6 16/64/128 GB, iPhone 6S 16/32/64/128 GB.

Model number: iPhone 6 A1549, A1586, A1589, iPhone 6S A1633, A1688, A1700.

Case Materials

Depending on the model, there are several material options.

1. In the iPhone 5S and SE-series, the back cover is made of anodized aluminum, and on top, like on the front, there is a cover made of durable glass.

2. For the sixth and seventh iPhones, the case is also made of aluminum alloy, respectively, of the six and seven thousandth series. But in this case, there is no top coating on the back, only the front glass with an oleophobic protective layer. They gave greater strength to the material by performing additional thermal quenching. It should be noted that all of the listed iPhones used a single piece of aluminum.

3. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are equipped with the toughest glass case ever made for gadgets. Despite this, it nevertheless breaks when it falls strongly, especially on a hard surface. Aluminum wins here, because it only forms scratches or dents. But in his hand he slides much stronger than glass, so the risk of falling is greater for devices with an aluminum case.

Matrix type

Almost all iPhone models have IPS displays, but the flagship iPhone X has an OLED matrix.

For most people, the difference is noticeable, but not so critical. OLED displays are an innovation in the company, so we still have to find out how they will prove themselves.

Now we can only say that there will definitely be a brighter and more saturated picture, as well as an increase in battery life.

Which iPhone to choose

1. If you really want an iPhone, but there is a limited amount, then buy a 5S model.

2. For those who are willing to pay a little more, having received a smartphone with a powerful “stuffing”, but a small screen, we recommend choosing SE.

3. Series 6 and 6S iPhones have a minimum of differences. We recommend them for purchase to everyone who does not pursue flagship devices, preferring stable operation and good hardware for relatively little money.

4. Choosing an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus should be true fans of Apple products, despite the release of three new products, this gadget remains flagship.

5. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have much in common with the seventh series of smartphones, and the cost of gadgets is much more significant.

6. If you are a geek who wants to have all the most advanced, feel free to choose iPhone X.

7. Aluminum cases are more slippery than glass ones, but they are less damaged when dropped.

8. To view multimedia and games, buy iPhones with a diagonal of 5.5 and 5.8 inches, and for standard tasks, screens of 4 and 4.7 inches are suitable.

How much is an iPhone

1. The cost on the iPhone 5S with a minimum amount of memory varies around 15 thousand rubles.

2. iPhone SE can be purchased for about 19 thousand p.

3. iPhone 6 costs 25 thousand rubles, and 6 Plus costs about 30 thousand rubles.

4. iPhone 6S and 6S Plus can be bought for 35-40 thousand rubles.

5. The seventh series of iPhones has a price tag of 45 to 70 thousand rubles.

6. iPhones of the eighth series are sold for 57-77 thousand rubles.

7. iPhone X is still available on pre-order, its cost is 80-92 thousand rubles.

IPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

iPhone XS is the logical continuation of the iPhone X. This generation is the first in history to support 512 GB of memory. Unlike the iPhone X, this iPhone was sold in three colors (a golden hue was added to silver and gray space) and in two sizes - along with a 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max.

The max version of the iPhone XS also received for the first time two hardware SIM cards (in versions for China and Hong Kong, model A2104), the rest are content with eSIM. The remaining hardware models are the American version (A1920 and A1921 for XS and XS Max, respectively), the global version (A2097 and A2101), the Japanese version (A2098 and A2102), as well as the XS model for China (A2100).

The iPhone XR is Apple’s next major experiment since the not-so-successful iPhone 5c. iPhone XR is deliberately cool - even the name emphasizes that it is only one letter of the alphabet behind XS. There are not so many compromises: IPS display instead of OLED, one camera instead of two and the lack of 3D Touch, but 6 bright colors of the case.

The iPhone XR has four hardware models - A1984 (American), A2105 (world), A2106 (Japanese) and A2108 (Chinese, with two physical SIMs).