Are purple iPhone 12 deals worth it - or should you wait for the iPhone 13?

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The launch of the iPhone 12 in purple so late in the product's life cycle has left a burning question in the mind of many an Apple fanatic - are purple iPhone 12 deals worth it right now or should I wait for the iPhone 13? 

Sure, the iPhone 12 in purple is a great new look for this device and one that's generating a lot of interest, but it's coming a full seven months after this device's initial launch. If the latest rumors are correct, the iPhone 13 could be coming as soon as September, so it's definitely worth considering all options on the table.

To help out our Apple fans with a penchant for purple, we've rounded up the best iPhone 12 deals (in purple) just down below as well as everything we know so far about the iPhone 13. In short, details are really sketchy right now and promotions on the iPhone 12 are actually pretty strong, so it's not as easy of a decision as you might think...

Purple iPhone 12 deals available now

Apple iPhone 12 Purple: buy one get one, or free with a trade-in at Verizon

Apple iPhone 12 Purple: buy one get one, or free with a trade-in at Verizon
Probably the strongest purple iPhone 12 deals you can find right now are over at Verizon. Big red is offering up this device with your choice of either a 'buy-one get-one' promo or a hefty trade-in rebate of up to $800 - both with a new plan. That trade-in rebate is especially generous here and can actually cover the entire cost of the device. You can also get an additional saving of $200 if you're switching over from another carrier.

Apple iPhone 12 Purple: save up to $700 with a trade-in at AT&T

Apple iPhone 12 Purple: save up to $700 with a trade-in at AT&T
Over at AT&T, you don't quite have the same amount of options but the carrier's maximum trade-in rebate of $700 is still really, really strong. It's worth noting that this carrier's plans are generally cheaper than Verizon's too so there's a chance to save in total if you go with AT&T. Note - to be eligible for a trade-in rebate you'll need to be signing up for a new unlimited data plan, so bear that in mind.

Apple iPhone 12 Mini Purple: phone, plus 2 years of unlimited data for $60/mo at Mint Mobile

Apple iPhone 12 Mini Purple: phone, plus 2 years of unlimited data for $60/mo at Mint Mobile
Here's a great alternative iPhone 12 deal to check out for those who want some really, and we mean really cheap cell phone bills. Mint Mobile is a popular prepaid carrier that's offering up a device, plus 2 years of unlimited data for just $60 a month - real cheap. The bad news? This deal is only available on the iPhone 12 Mini, although you can still get it in purple.

Apple iPhone 12 Purple (unlocked): save up to $515 with a trade-in at Apple

Apple iPhone 12 Purple (unlocked): save up to $515 with a trade-in at Apple
And finally, for those looking for unlocked purple iPhone 12 deals we have the official Apple trade-in program. The maximum saving rebate can fluctuate pretty wildly but right now it's at a maximum of $515. That's one of the biggest savings we've seen since this device's launch, so it's actually a pretty good time to be handing over an older phone - especially if it's relatively recent.

How good are these purple iPhone 12 deals?

They're pretty damn great right now - especially if you happen to have a device ready to trade-in. Overall, we'd say these are the strongest set of iPhone 12 deals yet since launch, particularly the Verizon promotions since there's essentially two ways to bag yourself a free iPhone 12 right now. 

What do we know about the iPhone 13?

iPhone 13: key info

Release date: mid-September 2021

Expected price: $699 to $799

Rumored upgrades: 120Hz screen, camera sensors

According to the latest iPhone 13 rumors, we're most likely looking at mid-September release date for the next iteration of Apple's flagship smartphones. 

As you'd imagine, concrete details are very thin on the ground right now, although rumors again suggest a fairly similar design overall with a few key internal upgrades - most likely a 120Hhz screen and bigger sensors for the cameras. Aesthetically, it could be that not much changes since the iPhone 12 itself had a pretty big facelift on release, although it's been suggested that the iPhone 13 could have a smaller rear camera housing bump.

It could also be the case that the iPhone 13 is cheaper on release than the iPhone 12 since tech features like 5G capability have 'matured' now. Fingers crossed it'll debut at $699 this year instead of $599, although we of course expect the iPhone 12 to get a hefty price cut too when it's released - at least $100 at the official Apple store.

Will the iPhone 13 be available in Purple?

Tough call. Apple really likes to hold back a few colors for later in a device's life cycle to generate a 'second-wave' of interest around the device. It did this very thing a couple of years ago with the iPhone 7 in ProductRed - a color that's now widely available on subsequent releases. Details on actual colors for the iPhone 13 are quite sketchy right now, although rumors have suggested there's going to be a new 'Matte black' color for the Pro models specifically. It's likely Apple could keep color options on the iPhone 13 pretty muted on release to give people a reason to still buy the iPhone 12.

So, should I wait or buy an iPhone 12 deal now?

If you're absolutely besotted with the iPhone 12 in purple and happen to be eligible for one of the above iPhone 12 deals, then you shouldn't feel too bad about upgrading now. If you can wait until September and can stomach the thought of a more boring color, however, then it's probably worth it holding off until the iPhone 13 for now.

It's also worth bearing in mind that the annual Memorial Day sales and even Amazon Prime Day are just around the corner now. To be honest, we cover these events every year and it doesn't tend to feature particularly good iPhone deals, although you never know - we could see a switch up at the Verizon or AT&T store pages over these events.

Alex Whitelock
Deals Editor

Alex is deals editor at TechRadar. With over three years of experience on-site and eight years working in e-commerce, Alex has made it his personal mission to share all his favorite tips, bargains, and deals with our readers here at TechRadar. At work, he specializes in computing, phones, and covering huge sales events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. Outside of work, you'll find him indulging his keen love of photography and PC gaming, or down at the local climbing gym hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities. His editorial bylines also include contributions to T3 and GamesRadar.