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About Apple iPhones

Apple iPhones have been at the top of the smartphone market for a while now. Although they may not be the cheapest mobiles around, there are a few simple steps you can take to find the most cost-effective deal.

With a new updated model coming out each year, it can be tricky to decide which model will work for you best. Read on to find out about some of the differences between the more recent models to help you decide which one to go for.

How can I get the best deal?

It’s all about the timing. When a new model comes out it is likely to come with a substantial cost. However, if you aren’t so bothered about having the latest model, you could go for an older one. Generally, the longer the iPhone model is on the market, the more the price will go down.

They are likely to be at their lowest price a few months before the next iPhone model is set to come out, so keep an eye on the fluctuating prices. Each time a new model comes out, the older models are likely to drop in price even more.

Mobile providers will often offer you an incentive to switch to them. Lots of providers offer extra perks in their contracts so make sure to research around and find out which provider offers the most competitive contract plus the extras you’re looking for. Such extras include Go Roam by Three which offers you free worldwide roaming, and the O2 Priority Loyal Scheme which gives you hundreds of exclusive deals and discounts.

Which iPhone model will suit me best?

It is important to weigh up the cost of each model against the features it has. Decide what features are essential for you and then compare the differences between each model to make the decision.

iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 is the latest flagship model of Apple’s smartphone, released in 2020 alongside the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini. Just like its predecessor, the iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen, although it packs in a lot more pixels allowing for a clearer, brighter display. It also has a similar camera to the iPhone 11 range, with the 12 Pro and 12 Max coming an extra third rear lens. These versions are also more powerful, coming with 6GB of RAM compared to just 4GB.

The feature that really makes the iPhone 12 stand out, however, is its capability to support 5G networks, which is true for all versions of this model. This makes it the first range of iPhones that are fully 5G-ready.

These flagship Apple smartphones are, of course, not cheap, starting at £999 and £1,099 SIM-free for the iphone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max respectively. The iPhone 12 itself is slightly cheaper at £799 for the handset. But if you want this latest tech for the cheapest possible price, consider the iPhone 12 Mini for just £699, which can be found even cheaper at certain retailers.

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 predated the iPhone 12, having been released in 2019 alongside the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Compared to its predecessors, the iPhone 11 has better cameras, including a dual 12MP camera on the back, while the Pro and Pro Max come with a third rear lens. The iPhone 11 range also has a longer battery life than the previous iPhone X and iPhone XR.

The iPhone 11, admittedly with the fewest features of the three, is surprisingly cheap, and you can find SIM-free deals cheaper than you would with the iPhone XR. But if you are looking for an impressive model with the some of the most premium features and you don’t mind paying a bit extra, then the iPhone 11 Pro Max could the one for you.

iPhone SE (2020)

After the hugely successful iPhone SE was released back in 2016, Apple has decided to release a second-generation version of this popular handset. With a design similar to the iPhone 8, a small, 4.7-inch screen, the iPhone SE is one of the most usable smartphones, fitting snugly in your pocket.

The 2020 version comes with a few updated features, including 4K video and wireless-charging capabilities. The iPhone SE is also a much cheaper alternative for those not wanting to stump up the high price tags for the iPhone 11 or iPhone X.

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR has some serious money-saving benefits. It has the best features of the iPhone X but with a smaller price tag. There are fewer of the premium features that the iPhone X has but the all-screen front gives it a sleek, high-end design. It is available in 6 bold colours so you can find exactly what you were looking for.

It does only have a single-lens camera however, and the screen works slightly less well than the iPhone X. The handset is also quite large, making it difficult to use with one hand, so bear this in mind. This model is ideal if you are looking for something a little cheaper whilst keeping hold of the new and exciting features.

iPhone X

The iPhone X has the same all-screen front and no home button with all the premium features too. It uses facial recognition software so you can use your Face ID to unlock your phone quicker and more securely than ever before. It also comes with a dual-lens camera so avid photographers can use it to take stunning photos.

As with the other more recent models, there is no headphone jack so you’ll have to invest in an adaptor to use your headphones.

iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 has a much more similar design to older models. It’s still got the home button, so the functionality of it will be something you’re familiar with. It has the same processor as the iPhone X, so it works quickly and efficiently and functions well for whatever you need it for.

It’s not hugely different to the previous model, the iPhone 7, so it may be worth looking into how much cheaper you can find an iPhone 7 for. Compare the benefits of the iPhone 8 with the added price point. If you are looking for a fast phone with a familiar design that fits in your pocket, then an iPhone 8 could be ideal for you.