We've rounded up all of this week's best iPhone deals into one handy list right here on this page with plenty of fantastic ways to save on everything from the humble iPhone SE to the latest iPhone 14. Regardless of your budget, we've included iPhone deals from all types of carrier here so you've got a full array of options. For the biggest savings possible, you'll likely want to check out the big carriers but definitely don't sleep on our prepaid recommendations as they can also be fantastic value.
For post-paid unlimited options, you'll find a number of rebates and freebies up for grabs. For example, not only are several of the latest iPhone 14 devices available with the usual trade-in rebates of up to $1,000 at several of the big carriers, but Verizon is even throwing in some freebies to sweeten the deal - specifically a free Apple Watch 7 and 9th gen iPad.
Meanwhile, if you're thinking of going prepaid, check out this week's promotions over at Mint Mobile and Visible Wireless. Both these carriers are fantastic choices if you're on a budget thanks to their incredibly cheap prepaid plans and you'll also find nice little welcome bonuses for new customers. While you'll have to pay for your iPhone in full upfront with these deals, the cheap plans make them decent long-term choices.
With such long-lasting popularity and premium features, these phones often come with higher price tags than cell phone deals (opens in new tab) on their Android rivals. Luckily, there are iPhone deals everywhere if you know where to look, and, if you're willing to do a little bit of legwork in comparing retailers, you'll also find some surprisingly affordable iPhone prices.
Today's best iPhone deals at a glance
- Cheap iPhone 14 Plus (no trade): $5/mo with new unlimited line at Verizon (opens in new tab)
- Free iPhone 13 (no trade): with a new unlimited line at Verizon (opens in new tab)
- Free Apple Watch SE: with select iPhones at Verizon (opens in new tab)
- Free iPhone 14: eligible with a trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
- iPhone SE 2022: starting at $209 with activation and trade-in (T-Mobile) at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
- Visible Wireless: $150 gift card and AirPods Pro with select iPhones (opens in new tab)
- Apple trade-in: save up to $600 on a new iPhone with a trade (opens in new tab)
- Apple refurb: save up to $280 on an unlocked device at Apple (opens in new tab)
Which is the best iPhone deal for me?
- Best all-round: iPhone 14
- Most powerful: iPhone 14 Pro Max
- Best cheap iPhone: iPhone 12 mini
- Also great value: iPhone 13 mini
- Best older iPhone: iPhone 12
iPhone 14 & 14 Plus deals
Apple iPhone 14: BOGO, or up to $800 off with trade, plus free Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's iPhone deals on the latest iPhone 14 have been switched up this week to include the choice between the usual trade-in rebate of up to $800 on a single device or a buy-one-get-one-free multi-line saving. Both are fantastic and either one is stackable with a free Apple Watch SE that the carrier is also throwing in right now. As always, you'll need that pricey unlimited plan to take part here, but there's definitely a lot of value on offer here if you're eligible.
Apple iPhone 14 Plus: $5/mo with new unlimited line, plus free Apple devices at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Not looking to trade in? One of the strongest iPhone deals on the entire Verizon site is on the excellent iPhone 14 Plus. No trades are needed at all to get this device - which is one of the latest - for just $5 per month. All you'll need is an unlimited data plan to be eligible, and on top of that, you can also get that free Apple Watch and $200 off an iPad on top of our cheap device. Great value!
Verizon prepaid: $300 off select iPhones (opens in new tab)
Verizon's awesome deals on prepaid iPhones from Black Friday have actually been carried through into the new year, with a $300 discount available on most devices. Eligible devices include the iPhone 14 (opens in new tab), 14 Pro (opens in new tab), 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab), and the iPhone 13 (opens in new tab) - the latter being a particularly good buy for those on a budget. It's not every day you see this carrier offer promotions outside of its pricey unlimited data plans so this is definitely not one to miss if you're looking to cut out those pesky long contracts.
Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus: up to $800 off with trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
If AT&T is your carrier of choice, you'll find excellent trade-in-focused rebates all year round at this carrier, with the current going rate being up to $800 off the iPhone 14 and up to $1,000 off the iPhone 14 Plus. Again, the catch with these particular promotions is that you'll need to be signing up for an unlimited data plan to be eligible, which can be fairly pricey at the major carriers. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Plus (opens in new tab).
Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus: save up to $570 with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
Apple's iPhone 14 deals at launch are going to be your sole destination if you're on the hunt for an unlocked device. While it's a bit of bummer to not have many choices, the brand does offer its own trade-in rebates - even for unlocked devices. Since there are no unlimited plans attached, maximum savings tend to be a little lower but that's the price you'll pay for freedom from those pesky contracts. Currently, the maximum trade-in rebate is $57 for handing over an iPhone 13 Pro Max in good condition. An iPhone 13 in good condition will fetch you $470 off.
Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus: save up to $900 with a trade-in at Walmart (opens in new tab)
You can actually get an additional $100 bonus saving on top of your usual trade-in rebate with Walmart's iPhone deals on the 14 and 14 Plus this week. This is a nice little freebie that applies whether you stack with a trade or not, although it's currently only available with the AT&T network. Still, this deal is actually better than what the carrier itself is offering right now so it's definitely worth checking out.
OS: iOS 15 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina XDR (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A15 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 174g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide| Front camera: 12MP
The Apple iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus are the new 'standard' flagships for 2022 and the two devices that are going to appeal the most for people who want a nice mix of power and features without completely breaking the bank.
The 14 Plus is a completely new model for 2022, replacing the old iPhone mini model as an alternative option to the standard iPhone 14 - this time with an expanded 6.7-inch size instead of a slimmed-down version. As with the previous iteration, the normal iPhone 14 comes with a 6.1-inch display.
Apple is very much doing its usual iterative upgrade with the standard iPhone 14 and new 14 Plus model, with essentially the same display, chip, and overall design. Where they've focused on this year is the camera system, which includes new sensors, wider apertures, and even more computational wizardry. If Apple's is to be believed, you'll get up to 2.5x the low-light performance versus the old camera.
While some may have been holding out (and hoping) for a bigger upgrade with the iPhone 14 it's worth noting that the design and chip are still up there with the very best flagships for 2022. If you're eligible for an upgrade in particular, then it's definitely worth considering making the jump to this generation.
iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max deals
Apple iPhone 14 Pro: BOGO, or up to $1,000 off with trade, plus free Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Looking for a premium device? The good news is that Verizon's awesome iPhone deals also extend to the high-end iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max this week. You'll be able to get that free Apple Watch here, alongside either your choice of a trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 on a single device or the buy-one get-$800-off-second multi-line saving. As always, you'll need an unlimited data plan to be eligible for this promotion but it's well worth it if you're interested. See this same promotion on the iPhone 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab).
Apple iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T's iPhone deals on the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are matching the other big carriers right now with another huge potential saving of up to $1,000 with a trade in. As with all big carrier promotions, this one is tied to an unlimited data plan so definitely factor that into your budget before you jump in. At around $80 per month for 36 months, you'll definitely want to make sure you can take advantage of a trade-in to get this device on the house. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab).
Apple iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max: save up to $570 with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
The official retailer is going to be the only one offering unlocked iPhone 14 Pro deals at launch but the good news is it does have a fairly decent trade-in program of its own to check out. Right now, it's offering maximum rebates of up to $570 off (with an iPhone 13 Pro trade) without the need for a pesky carrier contract. That's unfortunately not as good as the biggest savings you can get at the carriers themselves but it's still enough to cut the cost of the device significantly.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max: save up to $1,100 with a trade-in at Walmart (opens in new tab)
The biggest possible saving for trade-in-focused iPhone deals on the 14 and 14 Pro can be found at Walmart this week, although it currently only applies to AT&T network devices. You'll also need an associated unlimited data plan to be eligible for a saving here, so definitely bear that in mind. Still, the maximum rebate here is actually better than that offered at the carrier itself due to a small but welcome $100 bonus saving.
OS: iOS 16| Screen size: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (variable 1Hz to 120Hz)| Resolution: 2556 x 1179 | CPU: Apple A16| Memory: N/A | Weight: 206g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB / 1TB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 48MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto| Front camera: 12MP
Apple has made a clear distinction between the 'standard' 14 models and the more premium 14 Pro models for 2022. In short, these are the two devices you'll want to check out if you're looking for the latest and greatest in design and features.
They're not cheap, retailing for $1,099 and $1,199 at launch, but they're both at the same price as last year's Pro models while featuring a number of cutting-edge upgrades and new firsts for Apple.
Both the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are the first iPhones to do away with the divisive notch display design in favor of a more slimmed down 'Dynamic Island' housing. This is essentially a clever little feature that hides the housing with a number of software integrations - namely notifications, widgets, and status bars. It's a neat feature, and one you'll only find on the Pro models as of 2022.
Other key upgrades include the new Apple A16 Bionic chip, with increased battery efficiency and gaming performance, a brighter 2000 Nits OLED display, and a greatly upgraded camera system. This is probably the headline feature of the devices as you're not only getting new lenses, bigger sensors, but a massive 48MP main camera now. Overall, you're looking at improved computation photography and up to three times the low-light performance if Apple's marketing is to be believed.
iPhone 13 & 13 mini deals
Apple iPhone 13: free with a new unlimited line, plus free Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
This right here is the best iPhone deal of them all at Verizon if you're not looking to trade in for a device. The iPhone 13, which is still a superb device for 2023, is available for free right now with an unlimited data plan. This is the first time we've seen this particular promotion at this carrier so definitely don't hesitate to snap this one up if you're interested. Like with the other iPhone deals featured at Verizon this week, you can also get a free Apple Watch SE and $200 off an iPad of your choice.
Apple iPhone 13:
$20 $5 with unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
A superb deal if you're not fussed about getting the latest and greatest, the iPhone 13 is available for just $5 per month with an unlimited data plan with this week's AT&T deals. This is the lowest price yet for this device at the carrier and a decent option all around if you're not looking to trade in for the 14. While it's not the latest device in the range anymore, a powerful chip, decent camera, and fully modern design mean the iPhone 13 still really holds up well for 2022.
Apple iPhone 13: $150 gift card and pair of AirPods Pro with switch at Visible Wireless (opens in new tab)
Here's one of our favorite alternative picks to the 'big carriers' - Visible Wireless. This prepaid network offers completely unlimited 5G data plans for as little as $30 per month and even better still, it's got its own iPhone deals for new customers. Right now, it's offering a combination of a $150 gift card and a free pair of AirPods Pro with every device purchase, which is a great little freebie that's well worth considering.
Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $570 with an eligible trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
Going unlocked? If you want a new device you'll have to pick it up from Apple itself as it's the sole vendor for these kinds of devices right now. What you lack in choice, you can make up for in the form of trade-in rebates, however. Currently, a maximum saving of up to $570 is available, which isn't the highest Apple has offered but still pretty good considering the freedom you'll get by getting to pick and choose your carrier and plan.
- See our main iPhone 13 deals (opens in new tab) and iPhone 13 mini deals (opens in new tab) page for more
OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina XDR (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A15 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 173g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide| Front camera: 12MP
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are the two 'standard' 2021 flagships from Apple, which retail for $699 and $599 now the 14 series has arrived. At launch, they were actually priced the same as last year's 12-series devices and at first glance, the new 2021 models look strikingly similar. One look at the specs sheet, however, and you'll see there's a whole host of improvements under the hood to justify that price tag.
Firstly, a new Apple A15 Bionic processor means these are easily the most powerful mobile devices yet from the company. In fact, Apple claims that these latest chips provide a level of power that's a whopping 50% more than the closest rivals from other companies. It's not just that chip that's new either, improvements to the screen (now brighter), battery, and camera lens mean these devices aren't just merely iterative upgrades over last year's models - even if they do look very similar.
Also new is an upgraded storage capacity, which now starts at 128GB on both models - not the 64GB that we've come accustomed to on previous models. If you've already got an iPhone 12 that might not be enough to sway you into an upgrade, but for some, that's going to be a nice bonus indeed and well worth the $100 extra versus the iPhone 12's newly reduced price.
iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max deals
Apple iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max: save up to $800 with a trade-in at T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
Stock on these discontinued devices is starting to get really thin on the ground now but you can still grab a device with a great deal over at T-Mobile this week. Essentially your choice here is the usual carrier fare, with up to 50% off with a trade-in, or a buy-one get-$700-off a second deal. Both are quite good, but only eligible with an unlimited data plan, so bear that in mind. See these same deals on the iPhone 13 Pro Max here (opens in new tab).
- See our main iPhone 13 Pro deals (opens in new tab) and iPhone 13 Pro Max deals (opens in new tab) page for more
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 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max were the two 'premium' options for Apple fanatics in 2021. No surprises here - these are pricey phones for discerning buyers indeed with an eye-watering introductory retail price of $999 and $1,099 respectively. As you'd expect, however, you're getting some wild power and the very latest
Like the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, Apple has carried over the same design language from the 12-series devices with the Pro models but packed them with new components. A new A15 Bionic processor with a 5-core GPU means you'll be blazing through any number of apps and particularly games with these devices. The 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are also the first Apple device's to feature a variable 120Hz refresh rate display - finally! No more playing catch up to those big Android flagships.
Key improvements have also been made to the battery life and camera system. The latter is of particular note since the iPhone 12 Pro already had one of the best smartphone cameras around. Now you'll be able to enjoy a new 'cinematic mode' for better depth and Dolby Vision in video capture, plus better low light performance and several new filters which Apple is calling 'Photographic Styles'.
iPhone 12 & 12 mini deals
Apple iPhone 12: free with unlimited plan, plus free Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Another decent option for those on the hunt for a free iPhone is the older iPhone 12 model, which is also being given away with a new line on an unlimited data plan. Under normal circumstances this would be an amazing deal but considering the iPhone 13 mini is currently available for free under the same terms (and with freebies), we'd definitely advocate going for that one instead or potentially going with the iPhone 14 Plus for $5 per month under the same terms.
Apple iPhone 12 mini: $1/mo with unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T is giving away this slightly older 5G device for just $1 right now - a record-breaking price. Even better still, no trade-in rebates are needed here to get a discount, only a line on an unlimited data plan. While the iPhone 12 mini is no longer the latest and greatest from Apple, it still looks just as modern as the more recent entries. It's also fully 5G compatible, which is handy when pairing it up with an unlimited plan.
Apple iPhone 12: $100 gift card switch at Visible (opens in new tab)
A lower price tag (than the 13) and full 5G compatibility make the iPhone 12 a fantastic pairing with Visible Wireless. Not only can you get fully unlimited 5G data plans for as little as $25 per month with this carrier but it's offering some great freebies for new customers right now. Up for grabs is a $100 online gift card for those who port their number over and pick up an iPhone 12 at Visible.
Apple iPhone 12 (unlocked):
$799 $599, plus up to $650 off with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
Price cut - Apple's recently cut the upfront price on both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini by a whole $100 thanks to the release of the 13-series. That makes both devices a much more compelling option if you're looking to save a bit of cash - plus, there are also very good trade-in options right now that could potentially bag you a significant additional discount.
- See our main iPhone 12 deals (opens in new tab) and iPhone 12 Mini deals (opens in new tab) page for more
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 iPhone 12 is still a strong choice for 2022 - especially after the release of the 13-series has yielded a hefty upfront price cut of $100 on both the 12 and 12 mini. These devices now retail for $699 and $599 respectively, great prices for a device that's still fully 5G capable and pretty much virtually identical design-wise to the 13.
2020 was a first for Apple in that it essentially released two 'standard' flagship iPhones to consider. This small but mighty new iPhone 12 Mini essentially still packed in that 5G connectivity and all the new tech under the hood but rocked a smaller 5.4-inch display and comes in at $599 - $100 cheaper than its bigger sibling.
Key upgrades included a 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.
Both the iPhone 12's and iPhone 12 Pro's also have a few camera upgrades, although the most premium stuff is of course reserved for the 12 Pro. If you're interested in these top-of-the-line devices, simply scroll down for more information.
iPhone SE deals
Apple iPhone SE 2022: starting at $209 with activation and trade-in (T-Mobile) at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy's got iPhone SE 2022 deals available right now for T-Mobile devices specifically - with a combination of an activation rebate and trade-in saving up for grabs. Currently, the minimum saving with these combined is $220, which means you can get a device for just $209.99 (opens in new tab). We imagine, combined, you can potentially get a device for free here, although the fine print is a little obscure.
Apple iPhone SE 2022: $150 gift card and free AirPods Pro with switch at Visible Wireless (opens in new tab)
Visible has upgraded its usual deal on the iPhone SE 2022 this week to include not just a $150 gift card but a free pair of AirPods Pro. Note, as with all iPhone deals at Visible you'll need to be switching over from another carrier to be eligible for the freebie. Also know that you'll be paying full price for this phone upfront, but unlimited data plans from as low as $25 per month will yield long-term savings.
Apple iPhone SE 2022: free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's latest deal on the iPhone SE 2022 is offering this new budget device for free with a new line on an unlimited data plan - easily its best promotion yet on the device. While this one gets top marks from us in regards to value, several more premium devices are available for free under the same terms right now (iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12). Because of this, we'd recommend those over the humble iPhone SE 2022 right now at Verizon.
Apple iPhone SE 2022: from $7/mo at AT&T with unlimited plan at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Walmart's been offering some really great discounts on the iPhone SE 2022 since launch - in some cases even cheaper than the carriers themselves. Right now, its best iPhone deal is on AT&T devices specifically, with 64GB devices being listed with a monthly price of just $7 per month. That's way cheaper than going via the carrier itself so definitely consider this one if you want a device on an unlimited plan. Note, you can also get a Verizon device for $5 per month (opens in new tab) right now, although this deal isn't quite as good as the one offered by the carrier itself.
Apple iPhone SE 2022:
$429 $379.99 at Boost Mobile (opens in new tab)
Sure, it's not the biggest price cut in the world, but this week's $50 discount at Boost Mobile is its best yet on the new Apple iPhone SE 2022. Valid with any data plan, you'll be saving a decent chunk here - not to mention the savings you'll be making on your monthly payments should you forgo the usual unlimited data plans at one of the bigger carriers. With some great pay-monthly and family options, Boost is one of the better prepaid carriers out there at the moment.
Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $600 off with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
Ahh, the classic. Yes, the Apple trade-in program is, as you would expect, available on the latest budget device from the brand. At launch, you'll need an iPhone 8 or later to be eligible here but a maximum saving of up to $600 will be in effect. While enough to technically cover the entire cost of the device, it's likely you won't get the full amount if you're upgrading from a 2020 SE, so bear that in mind.
- See our main iPhone SE 2022 deals page for more
OS: iOS 15 | Screen size: 4.7-inch Liquid Retina| Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: Apple A15 Bionic | Memory: 4GB | Weight: 144g |Storage: 64 / 128 / 256| Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide | Front camera: 7MP
The biggest selling point for the new iPhone SE is undoubtedly the A15 Bionic chip, which is the same processor featured in the high-end iPhone 13. Having such a powerful chip in a mid-range device is a real scoop and now means this humble 'budget' iPhone is challenging even the most premium Android devices when it comes to power.
However, for most users, it's going to be the features that this chip unlocks that are the real highlight of this device. Not only will it get you 5G on a budget Apple device (finally), but it'll mean you'll unlock some handy algorithmic features like live text translation and more camera wizardry. Apple also claims that this new chip will enable this iPhone SE 2022 to be more battery efficient, something its predecessor struggled with its tiny battery capacity.
It's not all good news, though, as the iPhone SE 2022 has the same basic design as the old iPhone SE 2020. That means you've got all the latest tech crammed into a basic design that's been around in some form or the other since 2018 with the iPhone 8. It still holds up in a way but bear in mind you're getting big, thick bezels and a relatively small 4.7-inch display - something that lags behind the competition when it comes to screen real estate.
According to the company, the new iPhone SE 2022 will ship with Apple's latest iOS 15 operating system and be guaranteed updates for many years to come. Check out our full Apple iPhone SE 2022 (opens in new tab) review for our full thoughts on this device.
Older iPhone deals
We've included a small selection of today's best deals on older iPhone deals just down below. Before you jump, however, know that a lot of these devices will most likely be refurbished, either by Apple itself or by a third party vendor. Therefore, be cautious before you jump in and snap one up. Read the reviews and be prepared to use the retailer warranty in case the phone isn't up to scratch.
iPhone deals FAQ
Should I get an iPhone 14 or an iPhone 13?
A difficult question to answer. Both devices are markedly similar, with the iPhone 14 being a little more feature-packed at the cost of a $100 higher price tag. Basically, this one is going to come down to whether you value the small iterative upgrades to the camera, new SOS satellite feature, and your overall budget.
If you're looking to save a bit of cash, the iPhone 13 essentially features the same processor (very minorly worse) and an identical screen. It's still an amazing phone for 2022 and probably the best you can buy if your budget can't stretch to $799. Now it's no longer the latest in the range, Apple has reduced its price to just $699, which ain't half bad if you get a trade-in discount on top. Note, the iPhone 12 is also still available for $599 right now, which is yet another option if you're on more of a budget.
Should I upgrade to the iPhone 14?
Again, a tough question to answer. Firstly, what device are you on now? The iPhone 14 is a very iterative upgrade versus the iPhone 13 but if you're eligible for an upgrade deal then you could potentially get the new device for free, depending on your plan. If you are eligible for this type of promotion then we'd advocate upgrading. This is also the case if you're on an iPhone 12 or similar device.
If you're buying an unlocked device outright, then the upgrade gets a lot more questionable in our eyes. The iPhone 14 is a very, very minor update to the iPhone 13 and one that's fairly safe to skip if it's going to put you significantly out of pocket. If you're paying big, you may as well go for the iPhone 14 Pro since that's the device that's carrying the lion's share of upgrades and new features for 2022.
Are refurbished iPhone deals any good?
Looking to bag a cheap iPhone? Refurbished could well be the way to go. When you invest in a refurbished iPhone, you're looking to save a good few hundred dollars. Apple's official refurb program doesn't tend to stock the latest devices but you can often get some great discounts on models like the iPhone 11 Pro or 12 Pro (opens in new tab).
There is a certain stigma about refurbished iPhone deals. People expect a phone covered in fingerprints and weird marks you can't quite place. Luckily, most of these issues don't actually occur on refurbished devices.
The large majority of second-hand phones have simply been bought and returned in a few weeks. Also, most refurbished iPhone deals sold via reputable vendors have at least a 12-month warranty.
How can I get cheap iPhone deals?
iPhone deals aren't exactly notorious for their affordability, however, there are still a few ways to land a smaller price tag with Apple. The most obvious option is to go for this week's iPhone SE 2022 deals (opens in new tab), which, while not an older device (well, relatively speaking), currently offers the best balance of price and features.
But, if you want your cheap iPhone to look, feel, and act like a flagship - things get a little bit harder. You won't, for example, get the latest iPhone 14 handsets for cheap right now, and even the now older iPhone 13 is still carrying a premium. Where you may get lucky, however, is with a 12-series device - some of which have been offered for free with an unlimited data plan at some of the big carriers recently.
Another option is to keep an eye out for a refurbished iPhone. Generally speaking, discounts range in the $100 - $200 ballpark, depending on the age of the device, with plenty of options for unlocked devices. Despite the common objections, refurbished iPhones aren't broken or dirty, in fact, they are usually just returned within 2 weeks of their purchase.
What is the best iPhone right now?
iPhone 14: Apple's latest 'standard' flagship for 2022. It's essentially a refined version of the previous iPhone 13, with the main upgrades being the camera system and new SOS satellite feature. If you want a nice balance of price and specs this is going to be the iPhone for you.
iPhone 14 Plus: A new model for 2022. This one is essentially an upscaled version of the standard iPhone 14 with a larger 6.7-inch display (the iPhone 14 is 6.1). Under the bigger chassis, however, everything is the same here with an A15 Bionic processor, upgraded camera, and new satellite SOS feature.
iPhone 14 Pro: The 2022 model for people who want the bleeding-edge features in a reasonably sized 6.1-inch package. This stunning flagship features a shiny new A16 Bionic processor, new slimmed-down screen notch, and the best camera system ever offered on an iPhone.
iPhone 14 Pro Max: The same device as the iPhone 14 Pro but beefed up to feature a hefty 6.7-inch display. This is the one if you're looking for the very best of the best, although it obviously comes at an eye-wateringly high price.
iPhone 13: The 2021 flagship from Apple. Essentially a refinement of the 12-series, inside it's packing a powerful A15 Bionic processor, a better battery, and a few cameras upgrades too. This model still holds up great for 2022.
iPhone 13 Mini: A slightly shrunken, more palm-friendly version of the main iPhone 13 flagship for 2021. It's just as powerful, has the same camera, but is a little cheaper. If you prefer smaller phones, this is the one for you.
iPhone 13 Pro: The 2021 iPhone for people who want... more. It's got a stainless steel chassis, a better camera, and a few processor upgrades over the standard iPhone 13, while essentially being the same size.
iPhone 13 Pro Max: The biggest (and most expensive) of the 2021 iPhone 13 series. It's essentially just an upscaled version of the iPhone 13 Pro - which isn't a bad thing with its lush 120Hz display.
iPhone 12: The first Apple flagship to feature the now-standard squared-off edge design and 5G compatibility, the iPhone 12 is an aging but still great phone that originally came out in 2020. While the processor and camera are older now, this one still holds up - especially if you can get a great deal.
iPhone 12 Mini: A shrunken, more palm-sized friendly version of 2020's iPhone 12. It's got the same basic design, processor, and upgrades as the 12, just with a smaller screen. It's was $100 cheaper at launch but this model is getting harder to find now it's officially discontinued.
iPhone 12 Pro: Apple's 2020 flagship, the now older iPhone 12 Pro has a few key camera upgrades inside that are sure to be of particular interest to keen photographers alongside a stainless steel chassis.
iPhone 12 Pro Max: The biggest and meanest iPhone from 2020. It's essentially a bigger-screen version of the iPhone 12 Pro but it does have an ever so slightly bigger sensor on its camera, which means it'll get a 5x telephoto zoom as opposed to the 4x on the standard 12 Pro.
iPhone 11: Like the previous iPhone XR the iPhone 11 had one sole goal - bring high-end Apple specs at a more affordable price. For the majority of people wanting a new iPhone this is still a great option, although one that doesn't feature the latest design or 5G capabilities.
iPhone SE: A good budget choice, the iPhone SE 2022 features an outwardly older design (akin to the iPhone 8), while packing in the same chip as the iPhone 13 - an A15 Bionic. That gives this device a ton of power for the price if you don't mind an older-looking phone.
iPhone XS: It is now much older, but the iPhone XS still offers a lot of what Apple's most recent phones can do but without the head-splitting price tag.
iPhone XR: Same premise as the iPhone XS - it is a cheaper option for Apple fans than the iPhone 11 and still offers an excellent phone. And, offering a bigger battery than the iPhone XS, you'll be able to power through the day with ease.
When is the best time to buy iPhone deals?
Like a lot of the other questions here, there isn't an exact answer but there are certain times that can offer better prices on Apple's phones.
- New releases: Like all other phones, when a new iPhone comes out we frequently see the other devices in Apple's arsenal come down in price. Apple generally releases phones in the August to October time window, so that's often a good time to upgrade.
- Black Friday: The yearly mega sale, Black Friday, can be the perfect time to get iPhone deals. Every year we see phones come crashing down in price and we'll be shouting out the best offers to grab when the time comes this year.
- Amazon Prime Day: Amazon's impressive sale for Prime Subscribers, we almost always see a load of cheap iPhones appear during this two day sale - as long as you're looking for an unlocked or prepaid device.
- Absolutely any day: Realistically, there isn't any specific time or place that is best for getting a new iPhone deal. There are price cuts, promotions and major discounts every day and you just have to catch them as they happen. Luckily, our iPhone deals round-up is here, freshly updated and aims to offer all the best from across the web.
What's the cheapest iPhone right now?
Right now, the cheapest iPhone you can get is the new 2020 iPhone SE. Yes, the iPhone 7 and 6s will see prices go slightly lower but realistically, for all-round value, the iPhone SE is going to be the best choice.
It can be found with bills below $30 a month or $380 upfront while holding some strong specs on the inside. While it does look identical to the iPhone 8, it is a surprisingly powerful phone for the money.