Apple released the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus this year.
But don’t let the numbers fool you. These are Apple’s 10th iPhone designs since it started selling the phone in 2007.
This year’s iPhones are objectively the best phones Apple has released yet. The iPhone 6 Plus has the fastest processor, the best cameras, and the sharpest screen ever on an iPhone. It also has the biggest screen.
But, the iPhone 6 isn’t the best looking iPhone Apple has released. At least not in my opinion.
Since Apple has 10 phones out, I decided to rank the phones from best to worst based on design, influence, and place in the history of technology.
You might say this ranking is arbitrary. You might be right if you do. But so what.
The iPhone 4S suffers from the same problem as the iPhone 3GS. It's a nice little bump, but there's not much to write home about.
The iPhone 6 could become the best selling iPhone in history. Unfortunately, it's also the worst design yet. As Joshua Topolsky said in his review for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 'While the iPhone 5S stood out in a crowd of Android smartphones with its chamfered edges and Leica-esque controls, you might not know the iPhone 6 next to the latest Galaxy S5 or the HTC One ... The bold antenna lines that run around the back of the devices and the protruding camera lens make the phones seem slightly less disciplined compared with the company's previous work.' It's just sort of round and pill shaped. It isn't as striking as previous designs.
The iPhone 5 was a thinner, sleeker version of the iPhone 4. I can't remember who said it, but the black iPhone 5 looks like the iPhone Batman would use if he used an iPhone. (He probably uses some super slick Batphone from Wayne Enterprises that runs on a forked version of Android.)
However, as good as it looked, it wasn't anywhere near the best looking or most important design Apple made. The iPhone 5S actually looks better than the iPhone 5.The black iPhone 5 scratched easily, taking some of the luster off its black design.
The iPhone 3G was miles ahead of its competition when it came out. It was a great phone. And it was such a leap over the original iPhone that it deserves special consideration. However, looking back at the phone with its curved plastic back, it doesn't leap out as the best looking iPhone of the bunch.
As Apple's hardware design has evolved through the years one thing has gone missing: Fun. Most of Apple's hardware design is sleek, and somewhat cold. The iPhone 5C is none of that. The bright colours of the plastic make you want to pick up the phone. It looks great.
OK! So, the iPhone 6 Plus is just a bigger version of the iPhone 6, which I think is one of the worst looking iPhones ever. The 6 Plus gets no style points. But the big screen is so great, and so revolutionary for Apple that it has to be ranked toward the top. I'm still stunned Apple decided to make a big screen. It cuts against the company's ethos of smaller, slimmer, better. It's my favourite iPhone yet and so I have it ranked number two.