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- Apple’s iPhones are pricey, but you can often find them at a discount.
- Some of the best iPhone deals available now include big savings on the iPhone 11 and 2020 iPhone SE.
With so many Apple iPhone models to choose from, it can be confusing to find the right one for your needs. With that in mind, we tested and ranked the best iPhones to help you choose. They can get pricey, though, so it’s always nice to buy with a discount.
You can find deals on many iPhone models throughout the year. Apple’s smartphone lineup currently includes the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 11, and iPhone SE. The latest generation isn’t seeing discounts just yet, but there are plenty of deals to shop on older models.
Check out the table of contents to the left to hop to deals for a specific model.
Comparing iPhone models
|Average price||Camera lenses||Display size||CPU||5G||Battery life with video playback|
|iPhone 13||$699 to $799||2||5.4- or 6.1-inch||A15 Bionic||Y||Up to 19 hours|
|iPhone 13 Pro||$999 to $1,099||3||6.1- or 6.7-inch||A15 Bionic||Y||Up to 28 hours|
|iPhone 12||$699 to $799||2||5.4- or 6.1-inch||A14 Bionic||Y||Up to 17 hours|
|iPhone 12 Pro||$999 to $1,099||3||6.1- or 6.7- inch||A14 Bionic||Y||Up to 20 hours|
|iPhone SE||$399||1||4.7-inch||A13 Bionic||N||Up to 13 hours|
|6.1-inch||A12 Bionic||N||Up to 16 hours|
|iPhone 11||$499||2||6.1-inch||A13 Bionic||N||Up to 17 hours|
|iPhone 11 Pro||$899 to $999||3||5.8-inch||A13 Bionic||N||Up to 20 hours|
We’ll update this list as new deals surface.
The best iPhone deals happening now
An improvement on previous models in terms of design and camera quality, the iPhone 12 is our current pick for the best iPhone you can get overall. It comes in five colors: white, black, blue, green, and red. Depending on your storage needs, you can choose from the 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage sizes. You can also pick between the normal 6.1-inch display and the 5.4-inch display Mini. The Mini has shorter battery life since it’s a smaller phone.
Though the phone came out a year ago, deals for it aren’t very common just yet — it’s even difficult to find available from other retailers without being locked to a carrier. Right now, the best place to find it unlocked is from Apple, but if you’re willing to enter a contract with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint, you can find stock from other retailers, like Amazon and Walmart.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple no longer sells the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max through its online store, but other retailers still offer these models. Though they’re being replaced by new iPhone 13 versions, the 12 Pro series still feature excellent cameras in low light and an elegant design. The Pro Max will cost you an extra $100, but it has a larger 6.7-inch display and longer battery life than the smaller 6.1-inch version. Both are available in four colors: graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue. You can choose between 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB depending on your needs.
Just like their smaller siblings, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max don’t typically see especially good deals.
iPhone SE (2020)
Though it only comes with a single-lens camera, the iPhone SE is the best value you can find out of an iPhone. It has an older design, similar in look and feel to the iPhone 8; it’s also the only modern model that retained the home button. It runs using the same powerful chip as the iPhone 11 and can cost as little as $399 if you settle for the 64GB. It comes in three colors: white, black, and red.
iPhone SE deals are pretty common to come across nowadays — if you’re lucky you can even find one free from carriers like AT&T or Verizon.
The iPhone XR has a big, 5.94-inch screen and still includes modern features like Face ID, the Touch ID replacement that uses your front-facing camera to unlock your phone, and wireless charging. Though it’s no longer sold directly on Apple’s site, it’s one of the cheapest iPhone options you can buy without compromising too much on performance. You can choose between white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and red.
If you don’t mind buying renewed, Amazon and Best Buy are worth looking into. Right now the street price for one is $499 for the 64GB storage size.
Though it’s the past generation of iPhone, the iPhone 11 still has great value worth considering if you want to pay less. It has a fast A13 Bionic chip, long battery life that we found lasted over 32 hours, wireless charging, and a dual-camera setup. It comes in six colors: white, black, green, yellow, purple, and red.
Its street price has dropped down to $499 for the 64GB storage capacity.
iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Max are still great options for their solid triple camera system, speedy A13 Bionic chips, and Face ID to replace TouchID for unlocking your phone. The Pro offers up to 18 hours of battery life with video playback and the Pro Max offers up to 20 hours. We think they’re still a good value if you can find them at a decent deal price.
Apple no longer sells the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, but you can still find them from other retailers — though they’ll likely be locked in with carriers like Verizon and AT&T. If they see a reasonable discount, it may be worth buying so long as you don’t mind entering a contract with a carrier to do so.
Frequently asked questions
Where can I find the best iPhone deals?
Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Woot, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are great places to find brand new iPhones with promotional discounts. Though the Apple Store may be your go-to, it’s rare to find iPhone deals from the store.
There are tons of places to find discounts from, but we’ll keep this story updated with the best deals available from any retailer.
Are refurbished iPhones worth buying?
In general, so long as it’s marked as “manufacturer refurbished,” it’s worth it. Buying refurbished iPhones can save you a lot of money, especially with their high price tags.
Here are the best refurbished iPhone deals available now.
Should I trade in my old iPhone?
It depends on the promotional offer, but oftentimes trading in an old model will knock a hefty sum off a brand new one. Usually, cell service providers like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint will have ongoing trade-in deals worth considering, year-round.
When do new iPhones come out?
The newest generation of iPhone was announced on September 14, with preorders starting September 17. The iPhone 13 will be generally available starting September 24.
When is the best time to buy an iPhone?
As with most tech, the best discounts tend to crop up during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The previous year’s models tend to see all-time lows at this time, especially with a new generation usually announced in September. It’s unlikely that the newest generation will see any price drops, though; models usually need to be out for at least a year before retailers start offering discounts.
Amazon Prime Day is also a good time to find discounts, but the deal event usually lands mid-summer, meaning the newest models are only a few months away.
What is the cheapest iPhone available?
The 2020 iPhone SE is undoubtedly the best budget iPhone available. Starting at only $399, it provides the full iOS experience and runs on the same chip as the iPhone 11. Right now, you can even get one free, with a new line on an eligible Verizon Unlimited plan.