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Apple iPhone (Original/1st Gen/EDGE) 4, 8, 16 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPhone (Original) - MA712LL/A* - iPhone1,1 - A1203 - N/A

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Apple iPhoneThe original iPhone (1st Gen) is a handheld device combining mobile phone, iPod, and Internet communications functionality. It is a Quad-band GSM capable phone -- 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz -- and features a 3.5" display with 320x480 resolution at 163 ppi, 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of flash memory (4 GB model discontinued September 5, 2007, 16 GB model introduced February 5, 2008), built-in support for Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), EDGE, and Bluetooth 2.0, as well as an integrated 2.0 megapixel camera all packed in a stylish case a mere 0.46 of an inch thick that weighs 4.0 ounces.

Although initially announced as providing "up to" 16 hours of audio playback and "up to" 5 hours of "talk, video, and browsing", on June 18, 2007, Apple boosted these numbers to "up to" 8 hours of talk time, 24 hours of audio playback, 7 hours of video playback, and 6 hours of web browsing. It provides "up to" 250 hours of standby time.

Perhaps most notably, the original iPhone introduced a "multi-touch" interface that allows one to control the functions of the system by dragging one or more fingers across the "optical quality" glass display.

The original iPhone also has an accelerometer that allows the device to "know" whether it is being held in portrait or landscape mode and switch automatically, an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness based on need, and a "proximity sensor" to turn off the display when it is held to the ear.

Also see: What exactly is the iPhone?

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January 9, 2007* June 9, 2008**
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*Please note that the iPhone was announced on January 9, 2007, but shipped on June 29, 2007. The 16 GB model was introduced February 5, 2008.

**The 4 GB model was discontinued on September 5, 2007.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2007.
1 135
Details: Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPhone1,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, please see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
N/A N/A
Details: The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support this iPhone. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone1,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
N/A N/A
Details: The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support this iPhone. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone1,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
412 MHz Samsung ARM 11*
Details: *Apple provides no information regarding the iPhone processor, simply that it is a "closed system", but via software analysis, third-parties determined that it uses an Apple branded processor, identified as a Samsung ARM 11 (SoC) that is downclocked to 412 MHz. For graphics, it uses a PowerVR MBX-Lite graphics processor.
128 MB* 4, 8, 16 GB
Details: *Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in the iPhone, but software analysis has confirmed that it has 128 MB onboard.
N/A* N/A*
Details: *Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that the iPhone can occupy. However, after the operating system and formatting are taken into account the 4 GB model has approximately 3.15 GB available for storage, the 8 GB model has roughly 7.25 GB available, and the 16 GB model has roughly 15.3 GB available.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The original iPhone does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party software -- like that from site sponsor TouchCopy -- is available.
USB Dock, Headphone
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Handheld iPhone
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Black Multi-touch
Details: The patented "multi-touch" interface allows one to control the functions of the system by dragging one or more fingers across the display.

Also see: How does the iPhone "multi-touch" interface work? Who developed the "multi-touch" interface originally?
3.5" Color 320x480 (163 ppi*)
Details: The iPhone has a 3.5" 320 by 480 display. Apple originally reported the pixels per inch as 160, but later changed this to 163.

Also see: How do I replace the glass cover, digitizer, and display (LCD screen) on the original iPhone?
802.11b/g* 2.0
Details: *The original iPhone also supports the EDGE network.

Also see: What is the difference between EDGE and 3G? Why does Apple support EDGE and not 3G?
Quad-Band* 2.0 Megapixels
Details: *The original iPhone is a GSM Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) device.

Also see: How long is Cingular/AT&T Wireless the exclusive iPhone carrier in the US?
Lithium Ion 24 Hours
Details: Apple provides no information regarding the battery type that the iPhone uses, but third-parties determined that it has a 3.7v Lithium Ion battery soldered to the logicboard.

Although originally announced as providing "up to" 16 hours of audio playback, on June 18, 2007, Apple boosted this estimate to 24 hours.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells replacement batteries for this iPhone.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells replacement batteries -- as well as glass covers, displays, and other parts and repair tools -- for this iPhone.

Also see: How do I replace the battery in the original iPhone (2G)?
8 Hours 250 Hours
Details: Although originally announced as providing "up to" 16 hours of audio playback and "up to" 5 hours of "talk, video, and browsing", on June 18, 2007, Apple boosted these numbers to "up to" 8 hours of talk time, 24 hours of audio playback, 7 hours of video playback, and 6 hours of web browsing. It provides "up to" 250 hours of standby time.

Also see: What is the battery life of the original iPhone? Is the battery designed to be swapped or replaced?
MA712LL/A* iPhone (Original)
Details: *The order number MA712LL/A refers to the 8 GB configuration. Order number MA501LL/A refers to the 4 GB configuration, and MB384LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration.
A1203 (EMC N/A) iPhone1,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model, but are unique for this device.

Also see: All iPhones with the A1203 Model Number, the N/A EMC Number, and the iPhone1,1 Model Identifier.
iPhone OS 1.0 (1A543a)* iPhone OS 3.1.3
Details: *Apple originally just said that the iPhone runs "OS X" and did not release version information, but it ran "OS X" build 1A543a, specifically. Please note that this is not the same as MacOS X. On March 17, 2009, upon unveiling a developer's preview of the third version of the operating system, Apple started referring to it as the "iPhone OS" and on June 7, 2010, Apple changed the name again to simply "iOS".

This model is not capable of running versions of the operating system beyond iPhone OS 3.1.3.
4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 4.8 oz. (135 g)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (115 x 61 x 11.6 mm).
Mac OS X 10.4.10 Windows XP SP2/Vista
Details: Apple reports that the iPhone is compatible with a "Mac computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X v10.4.10 or later, and iTunes 7.3 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, and iTunes 7.3 or later."
Apple reports that the iPhone supports "AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."
Apple did not formally specify photo formats for the iPhone. The Safari web browser, however, supports JPG, GIF, and TIFF images, and the iPod function of the iPhone supports images synchronized from iTunes.
Apple reports that the iPhone supports "H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats."
Shipped with a "stereo headset, dock, dock connector to USB cable, USB power adapter, and a cleaning cloth".

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells accessories like cases, stands, keyboards, speakers and more for this iPhone.

In Ireland, site sponsor SmartSpot sells cases, cables, speakers and other accessories for this iPhone.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells cases, stands, chargers, docks and even parts for this iPhone.
US$499, US$599* US$25-US$100
Details: *The 4 GB version originally was US$499 and the 8 GB version was US$599. On September 5, 2007, a mere two months after it shipped, Apple discontinued the 4 GB model and dropped the price of the 8 GB version to US$399. On February 5, 2008, Apple introduced a 16 GB configuration for US$499.



Global original prices for the iPhone (Original/1st Gen/EDGE) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

For global original prices for all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models in one particular country on a single page, please refer to Everyi.com's Global Original Prices section.

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Original Prices - North & South America

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N/A US$499, US$599*

Original Prices - Europe

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N/A £269* (8 GB)

Original Prices - Asia

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Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

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