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The best iPhone 12 deals and iPhone 12 Pro deals for January 2022

Even though there are newer releases stealing their thunder right now, this week's best iPhone 12 deals and iPhone 12 Pro deals still offer great value. Indeed, now the iPhone 13 is making its hands into Apple fans worldwide, the company itself has knocked a whole $100 off the upfront price on all 12 models. That's great value, and, we've also rounded up what other retailers are offering this week just below.

iPhone 12 deals: quick links

We're covering two devices in this article, the standard iPhone 12 and the more premium iPhone 12 Pro, both of which were part of the initial 'first wave' of releases back in October 2020. If you're looking for the other two devices in the range, then head on over to this week's best iPhone 12 Mini deals or iPhone 12 Pro Max deals to check them out. 

Inside, all iPhone 12 models utilize the Apple A14 Bionic chip, an upgraded screen, plus a rather old-school angular design that harkens back to the squared-off corners featured on the now ancient iPhone 4 and 5 designs. It's also the first iPhone to feature what Apple calls its 'Ceramic Shield' - a new glass technology that apparently makes the display up to four times tougher than previous iterations.

The more premium iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999 and boasts a few key upgrades over the standard 12 model. Firstly is the inclusion of the new LiDAR scanner - a feature we've only seen on the recent iPad Pro's so far, plus an upgraded camera system and stainless steel chassis. In our eyes, this one's very much intended for those users who value those quality snaps from their smartphone, and it seems Apple is really gunning for that top-spot among Google, Samsung, and other leading manufacturers to offer the best smartphone camera ever.

Just below, underneath the relevant deals sections, we're going into more depth about these brand new Apple devices. We're giving you a full specs breakdown, a new features overview, and of course our initial thoughts on whether these new iPhones are really worth your money.

iPhone 12 deals

Apple iPhone 12: save up to $700 with a trade-in, plus $1,000 with a switch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 12: save up to $700 with a trade-in, plus $1,000 with a switch at Verizon
Verizon's iPhone 12 deals are offering the device for free right now if you've got an eligible trade-in and are willing to pick one up on a new unlimited data plan. Also up for grabs is an additional saving of up to $1,000 for new customers porting their number in from another carrier - a nice little welcome gift that can be used to pay off early termination fees.
Total cost: $99 (no trade)  | Monthly cost: $4.12 (24 mo)

Apple iPhone 12: $799

Apple iPhone 12: $799 $699, plus up to $700 off with a trade-in at Apple
Price drop:
A $100 price cut from Apple thanks to the release of the iPhone 13 is a welcome addition to this week's iPhone 12 deals indeed. That actually brings the iPhone 12 down to almost mid-range price brackets - and that's before you factor in Apple's trade-in program. Rebates are particularly strong right now so it's actually a viable option to opt for the 12 over the 13 if you're looking to save cash. You won't, however, get as much for an iPhone 12 in a future trade-in though, so bear that in mind.

Apple iPhone 12: free $120 gift card with switch at Visible

Apple iPhone 12: free $120 gift card with switch at Visible
Price cut:
And it's not only Apple who has discounted the upfront price of iPhone 12 deals thanks to the iPhone 13 launch - you'll also find a cheaper device at Visible this week. This excellent prepaid carrier is also offering up a $200 online gift card for all new customers right now, which is a great little freebie. Pair up a cheap iPhone 12 and Visible's cheap $40 per month unlimited 5G data plan and you've got a match made in heaven.
Total cost: $812 (only 256GB in stock)

Apple iPhone 12: $15 per month with new plan (no trade) needed at AT&T

Apple iPhone 12: $15 per month with new plan (no trade) needed at AT&T
You don't have to trade-in to get a cheap device with AT&T's iPhone 12 deals this week. Simply pick up a device with an unlimited data plan and the carrier will let you pay just $15 per month for your device. That's the cheapest non-trade deal we've seen so far from this carrier. If you are looking to trade-in, however, then we'd recommend checking out the carrier's current promotion on the iPhone 13, which is available for free with a plan and eligible trade-in.
Total cost: $450 | Monthly cost: $15 (30 mo)

iPhone 12 deals: what you need to know

iPhone 12: specs

iPhone 12 deals preorders pro apple price

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OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A14 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 164g |Storage: 64 / 128 / 256GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide| Front camera: 12MP 

The iPhone 12 was Apple's big flagship release of 2020. While originally retailing at $799 for the 64GB version, it's now a (relatively) reasonable $699 upfront post-iPhone 13 launch. Considering the device had a ton of very juicy upgrades over the iPhone 11 and a whole new design, that's a great price.

Key upgrades include the brand new Apple A14 chipset, which the company itself claims is 40% faster than the A13 on the previous range. Apple also claims that the new Ceramic Shield glass on the front display and rear panel too is significantly tougher than any glass it's previously used on any iPhone. There's also a new MagSafe charging system that's intended to make wireless charging a lot less finicky - it's essentially an in-built magnet within the phone that'll make your device stick to the pad.

Other upgrades include the new Smart HDR 3 camera tech, which supposedly gives a  27% improvement in low-light performance, and some pivotal screen updates too which give much higher pixel density and brightness over previous iPhone generations. All-in-all, there are some definite hefty improvements under the hood here and the brand new sales price of $699 (thanks to the release of the iPhone 13) has made it a very, very good value option in 2021.

iPhone 12 Pro deals

Apple iPhone 12 Pro: free $200 gift card with switch at Visible

Apple iPhone 12 Pro: free $200 gift card with switch at Visible
Visible's iPhone 12 Pro deals this week won't save you big bucks upfront on a device this week - but they will score you a free $200 online gift card to spend basically anywhere as a welcome gift. While not the cheapest option upfront, Visible's extremely cheap unlimited 5G data plans can really help you save some cash in the long run, so definitely consider it.
Total cost: $1104 $1080

Apple iPhone 12 Pro: save up to $700 with trade-in, plus $500 with a switch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 12 Pro: save up to $700 with trade-in, plus $500 with a switch at Verizon
Out of stock: Verizon's iPhone 12 Pro stock is available for in-store pick only right now. That's a bad sign that there's not going to be a restock and it's double likely that's the case now Apple has announced that this device is going to be discontinued. If it does come back, however, then we'd expect it to come back with Verizon's big trade-in options again.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro: save $700 with eligible trade-in and new unlimited line at AT&T

Apple iPhone 12 Pro: save $700 with eligible trade-in and new unlimited line at AT&T
Out of stock:
AT&T's iPhone 12 Pro deals are all out of stock now and we doubt they'll return... So long old friend. If they do come back we'd expect them to offer something similar to the above. If you're looking for a better deal, however, we'd recommend checking out the latest iPhone 13 Pro - that's available for free right now at AT&T with an eligible trade-in and new unlimited plan. That's a superb deal and better than anything we've seen on the 12 Pro over the past year from this carrier. 

iPhone 12 Pro deals: what you need to know

iPhone 12 Pro: specs

iPhone 12 deals preorders pro apple price

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OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A14 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 190g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto| Front camera: 12MP 

The more premium sibling of the two initial 2020 Apple phones, the iPhone 12 Pro, looks to carry on the flagship pedigree of last year's iPhone 11 Pro by offering a few key upgrades for Apple fanatics who want the most cutting-edge tech in their handset.

Retailing at an introductory price of $999 for the 126GB storage variant, the iPhone 12 Pro mainly features a plethora of significant camera upgrades that are sure to please avid photographers the world over. Wider aperture lens', and improved  2x optical zoom, and new sensor-shift image stabilization tech means you're getting the most advanced snapper yet on an Apple device. It's in fact the first phone in the world capable of capturing 4K HDR footage thanks to its native support of Dolby Vision HDR - which you can also edit in on-device too. The inclusion of the new LiDAR scanner too, a feature we've previously only seen on the new iPad Pros, also enables much faster autofocus and better support on augmented reality apps. 

The other key difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and the standard iPhone 12 is that the Pro model has a stainless steel frame, as opposed to just aluminum. That, as well as the upgraded camera internals equates to a slightly weightier device, even though it's in fact the same size in-hand. Is that worth the significant upcharge? It's a tough ask in our eyes, but if you're into snapping incredible photos and videos, the iPhone 12 Pro will be on your radar no doubt.

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In addition, you might also want to check out the best iPhone 11 Pro deals, or if you want something different, the best Samsung Galaxy S20 FE deals.

Alex Whitelock

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.