Every time Apple unveils a new iPhone, there’s a rush to compare the new iOS flagship to the latest and greatest from the competition. Usually, there’s a look at what’s changed from the previous version. This time, we figured we’d go all the way back and see how the iPhone 6 stacks up against the original iPhone.
Yes, the chunky, seven-year-old iPhone 2G. It’s the one that started it all, unveiled by the late Steve Jobs in January of 2007 at Macworld. What’s changed since then? Let’s take a look.
The iPhone 2G measured 4.5 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and was a chubby 0.46 of an inch thick. Amazingly, the iPhone 6 is only 0.24 inches wider despite having a massive 4.7-inch display. It’s nearly a full inch taller. The iPhone 6 Plus is 0.66 inches wider and 1.72 inches taller. They’re both about half as thick as the original iPhone.
Weight hasn’t changed much either. The iPhone 6 weighs 129 grams compared to the 2G’s 135g. The iPhone 6 Plus weighs a bit more, but not as much as you might think: just 37 grams more.
Processor, RAM, and storage
Apple spent a fair amount of time talking up the dual core, 64-bit A8 processor in the iPhone 6. Clock speeds weren’t discussed for the A8, but it’s supposed to be 50x more powerful than the original, which is easy to believe. In 2007, the iPhone 2G shipped with a 32-bit, 620MHz chip underclocked to just 420Mhz. It also had just 128MB of RAM, and the base model came with 4GB of storage. 16GB was the max, compared to the 128GB in the iPhone 6. Presumably that means in 7 more years 128GB will be the minimum.
With all the Retina talk over the past several years, it’s easy to forget that the iPhone didn’t always have a ridiculously high-res display. The iPhone 2G’s 3.5-inch screen had a native resolution of 320 x 480 and a pixel density of 163ppi. The iPhone 6 nearly doubles that: its 4.7-inch, 133 x 750 display hits 326ppi — right in line with the iPhone 5S and 5C. The iPhone 6 Plus is the first phone to break the 400 barrier. At a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and with a 5.5-inch diagonal, it checks in at 401ppi.
Resolution and size aren’t the only things that have changed dramatically. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus boast contrast ratios of 1400:1 and 1300:1, respectively. The iPhone 2G? Just 200:1.
Camera and battery
At the time, the 2MP camera in the iPhone was pretty decent. Images taken with it don’t hold a candle to Apple’s more recent iPhones, obviously. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature a new 8MP iSight camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1.5µ pixels — and the Plus also gets optical image stabilization. Chances are pretty good that the 1.2MP front-facing camera takes better pictures than the original.
The iPhone 2G’s battery was a 1400mAh unit. Apple’s spec sheet estimated it to be good for around eight hours of talk time, six hours of internet use, and 250 hours of standby. While the batteries in the new models haven’t been revealed yet, Apple’s pegged the iPhone 6 at 14 hours of talk time, 11 hours of internet use, and — interestingly — 250 hours of standby. The iPhone 6 Plus pushes things even further: 24 hours of talk time, 12 hours of Internet use, and an insane 384 hours of standby.
It’s no surprise that things have changed this much in seven years. That’s an eternity in tech terms, but it doesn’t make it any less fun to see how the newest iPhones compare to their progenitor.