The giant Apple launched the first iPhone in history, the iPhone 2G, in 2007. This model was revolutionary at the time and has since become a collector’s item: it initiated great innovations in the world of smartphones. Today, the flagship brand is still in the market and continues to produce new iPhone models every year, which seems to satisfy users. How have the screens on these phones evolved over the years?

Evolution of iPhone screens since 2007

iPhone screens have come a long way since the first model released in 2007, both in terms of design and technology.

The evolution of iPhone screen design

Early-generation iPhone screens were between 3.5 inches and 4 inches (diagonal) and had thick bezels. Apple then released its first thin-bezel smartphone in 2017 with the iPhone X Soft OLED. And it was finally in 2018, with the XS Max model, that the brand adopted the borderless or borderless design. In addition, the sizes of the screens have been extended for the new generations. This is how today the size of iPhones fluctuates between 4.7 and 6.7 inches:

  • iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 8, SE2 and SE3: 4.7 inches;
  • iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 13, 13 Mini: 5.4 inches;
  • iPhone 6 Plus, 6S Plus, 7 Plus and 8 Plus: 5.5 inches;
  • iPhone X, XS and 11 Pro: 5.8 inches;
  • iPhone XR, 11, 12, 12 Pro, 13, 13 Pro, 14, 14 Pro: 6.1 inch;
  • iPhone XS Max, 11 Pro Max: 6.46 inches;
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max, 13 Pro Max, 14 Plus, 14 Pro Max: 6.7 inches.

The evolution of iPhone screen technologies

Older generations of iPhones all had touchscreen, LED-backlit LCD screens. Later, the brand began to produce models with OLED technology. These screens offer better contrast since each pixel emits light. Also, the viewing angle is wider. Here are some models that have an OLED display:

  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.

Also, older models had a physical home button at the bottom of the screen. A little later, these also served as fingerprint sensors. However, these home buttons have disappeared from the iPhone X and have been replaced by Face ID facial recognition technology.


Today, the screens of iPhones are much larger and equipped with technologies allowing them to offer better comfort of use and above all better functionalities. And the brand seems to want to continue to offer new, more advanced models, to the delight of its users. At Univerphone, we offer an iPhone screen repair service. We take care of both old and new models. Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information on our services.