While there are newer devices on the market now, this week's best iPhone 12 deals are arguably offering unbeatable value. Now the iPhone 13 is out there in the wild and getting on in age itself, the humble iPhone 12 is tumbling in price right now and carriers are even offering the device for free with plans. Overall, there are a ton of great iPhone 12 deals to check out right now and you can see all of them just down below.
Note, as of 2023, both of these devices are fantastic choices for a flagship but it's worth noting that the Pro model is now 'officially' discontinued. As such, it's very, very hard to find decent stock or deals on this model specifically. The standard 12 is still knocking around, however, and has some superb promotions.
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.
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iPhone 12 deals
Apple iPhone 12: free with unlimited plan, plus free iPad, Beats, and Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)Verizon's current line-up of iPhone 12 deals is the best we've ever seen from the carrier, with a free iPad, Apple Watch SE, and pair of Beats being thrown in with the carrier's existing promotion on the iPhone 12. The device itself is technically available for free right now with an unlimited data line so you're looking at a ton of value here overall. Just note, however, that similar promotions are also available on newer devices (opens in new tab), which may yield better value, depending on your eligibility.
Apple iPhone 12: $1 per month with new plan (no trade) at AT&T (opens in new tab)
While it's not quite free, AT&T's currently offering the iPhone 12 for just $1 per month with an unlimited data plan. Paying just $36 over the duration of your contract, this is the best deal yet from this carrier and well worth a look if you want those speedy unlimited data speeds and a 5G device without having to shell out. Since no trade-ins are needed, this is definitely a flexible option. If you're looking to trade, however, we'd recommend going for the iPhone 13 instead as its available for free with a plan and eligible trade-in (opens in new tab).
Apple iPhone 12:
$799 $599, plus up to $720 off with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
Price drop: Now the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 have been released, Apple has cut the upfront price on the standard 12 down a full $200. This actually brings the iPhone 12 down to the 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 $200 gift card with switch at Visible (opens in new tab)
Visible is a perfect low-cost pairing with the iPhone 12 if you're looking for an unlimited data plan on a budget. Right now, you can get yourself a $200 gift card as a new customer and an unlimited data plan for as little as $30 per month via the carrier's basic entry-level plan. This is way, way cheaper than an equivalent plan at one of the bigger carriers so definitely consider it if you're looking to save some cash in the long term.
Apple iPhone 12: 6-months free with device purchase at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
The prepaid carrier Mint Mobile won't give you a price cut with its iPhone 12 deals this week but it will throw in 6-months of service for free if you buy a device and 6-month plan. This particular deal generally falls in the Mint Mobile vibe of 'pay upfront and save in the long-run' as you'll be essentially going a whole year here without having to worry about bills.
Apple iPhone 12:
$729.99 $529.99 at Boost Mobile (opens in new tab)
You'll get an upfront $200 discount with Boost Mobile's iPhone 12 deals this week, a really simple and accessible promotion if you're looking for a prepaid carrier. Alongside Mint, Boost Mobile offers some really reasonably priced plans (including family plans) for those who'd prefer to skip the expensive unlimited options at the bigger carriers.
Apple iPhone 12:
$729 $379 at PureTalk (opens in new tab)
And those savings are even bigger over at PureTalkUSA this week, with a whopping $400 price cut up for grabs for new customers. This prepaid carrier operates on the wider AT&T network so it's a fantastic option if you're looking for a prepaid alternative to that carrier in particular.
iPhone 12 deals: what you need to know
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 $599 upfront post-iPhone 14 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 $599 (thanks to the subsequent releases of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14) has made it a very, very good value option in 2022.
iPhone 12 Pro deals
Apple iPhone 12 Pro (refurbished): from $759 at Apple (opens in new tab)
Now the iPhone 12 Pro is officially discontinued and stocks are very much dried up at most vendors, the best option on this device is to go via the official Apple refurbished program. Considering you can get up to $180 off a device, depending on what storage you go for, we'd say it's still a pretty good option. For trade-ins, we'd very much recommend going for the 13 Pro or a later device, however.
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iPhone 12 Pro deals: what you need to know
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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