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The best iPhone deals and contracts in January 2021

When it comes to iPhone deals, Apple has never before been so diverse and full of exceptional choices. Cheap handsets, ultra-powerful flagship phones and mid-range options are available, giving choices to a multitude of Apple fans.

But which device do you go for? That's the million dollar question. For those who need the best Apple has, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is going to be tricky to beat even now iPhone 12 deals are here. Powerful, full of camera smarts, stylish and pretty much the all-round package, if you don't mind burning a hole in your wallet, it's a great way to go.

Or for those looking for iPhone deals blending costs and specs, the iPhone 11 remains a popular choice thanks to its iPhone 11 Pro Max similarities...without the price.

Even those looking for cheap iPhone deals have a 2020 option now with the new and improved iPhone SE, sporting a low price and powerful processor. Whether its cheap or powerful you're looking for, you're in the right place.

You'll find our comparison of all of the best iPhone deals above or if you still want to know more about Apple's devices, you can read more below.

iPhone deals: which is the best?

  • Best value iPhone 12
  • Most powerful: iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Best cheap iPhone: iPhone SE
  • Low costs, high specs: iPhone XR
  • Best secondhand iPhone: iPhone 7
  • Best small iPhone: iPhone 12 Mini

Which iPhone should I go for?

Below you will find each of Apple's devices with links off to individual buying guides for more detailed examinations of price, specs and more. Know you just want Apple's latest and most powerful phone? Hold off for a little bit longer and the iPhone 12 could be yours. You can sign up for more information on that below:

Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max

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iPhone 12 Pro

Apple's latest device hits the market

OS:
iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1170 x 2532 | Memory: 6GB Ram | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm |Storage: 128/256/512GB | Battery: 2815mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP  + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP 

For those who like the sound of the iPhone 12 but aren't quite happy with the size of it, the iPhone 12 Pro will be the choice that makes more sense. It ups the size and improves on features like pixel density.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max

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iPhone 12 Pro Max

The most powerful iPhone you can buy right now

OS:
iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.7-inch | Resolution: 1284 x 2778 | Memory: 6GB Ram | Weight: 228g | Dimensions: 160.8 x 78.5 x 7.4mm |Storage: 128/256/512GB | Battery: 3687mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP  + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP 

Here it is - Apple's most powerful phone. The iPhone 12 Pro Max brings everything up to the highest level with a 3687mAh battery, powerful triple lens camera, 6.7-inch display, 5G capacity and a new A14 Bionic chip - the most powerful on the market. But obviously with that in mind, this is a pretty pricey phone.

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Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini

iPhone 12 deals

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iPhone 12

Apple's latest device hits the market

OS:
iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1170 x 2532 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 164g | Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 2815mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 12MP 

After a lot of leaks and predictions, the iPhone 12 is finally here and available to buy. It brings with it an upgrade to 5G networks, a brand and market-leading processor in the A14 Bionic chip, new camera features and a whole lot more. In almost every way, the iPhone 12 range is Apple's best.

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iPhone 12 Mini deals

iPhone 12 Mini

Small but deadly with 5G and powerful specs

OS:
iOS 14 | Screen size: 5.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 135g | Dimensions: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 2227mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP 

The iPhone 12 Mini is a special iPhone. Despite its smaller than average size at just 5.4-inches, it is very much a powerful 2020 iPhone. It comes with Apple's A14 Bionic chip, 5G capabilities, Apple's new Magsafe feature and a whole lot more. Really, this is the phone for those who like the SE but need something a bit more powerful.
 
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Apple iPhone SE

iPhone SE (2020)

Round 2 on Apple's cheap iPhone concept

OS:
iOS 13 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | Memory: 3GB Ram | Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 1821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

They finally did it! A second generation edition of the hugely popular iPhone SE. Apple made some improvements - the super-powered A13 Bionic chip, 4K video and more - but also went back to the iPhone 8 design, giving you essentially an over-powered iPhone 8, not bad right?

Read more: iPhone SE deals

Apple iPhone 11

iPhone deals

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iPhone 11

Now an older handset but way down in price

OS:
iOS 13 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 828 x 1792 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 194g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 3110mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP 

The iPhone 11 was until very recently our favourite iPhone and in many ways, still is. Although the iPhone 12 is now available to buy, the iPhone 11 saw a very considerable price drop after Apple's latest was released. This now makes it a device well worth investing in if its prices were originally too high for you.

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iPhone deals

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iPhone 11 Pro

A cheap alternative to the iPhone 12 Pro

OS:
iOS 13 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm |Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3190mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP 

While the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max used to be Apple's priciest devices, hitting you hard with big bills, both handsets have seen considerable falls in costs. That now makes both handsets perfect for those who don't want to have to go all in on the costs of the iPhone 12 range.

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Apple iPhone XR

iPhone deals

iPhone XR

Immediately our favourite iPhone to buy

OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 828 x 1792 | Memory: 3GB Ram | Weight: 194g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm |Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 2942mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

It feels like we say this for every iPhone that comes out but here we go - the iPhone XR was easily our favourite Apple device until the iPhone 11 came out. With budget pricing, an impressive array of colours and most importantly, a battery life to match - this is an iPhone worth going for. 

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Apple iPhone XS

iPhone deals

iPhone XS

Iterative improvements on the X

OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm |Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 2658mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

If you consider the iPhone X a giant leap forward to Apple, the iPhone XS was a mere tip-toe. That doesn't mean the phone is bad, in fact its brilliant...it just only makes a few changes on the iPhone X. Super powerful processor, strong camera performance and a big battery - this is everything you could want from iPhone deals at a price lower than the iPhone 11 Pro.

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iPhone deals

iPhone XS Max

The biggest and best iPhone ever made

OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 6.5-inch | Resolution: 1242 x 2688 | Memory: 4GB Ram | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm |Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3174mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP 

While this has now been replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro Max, this is still a major piece of tech, rocking a price that reflects that. But before you run off in to the night, keep in mind that this phone is rapidly falling in price now. And with a super powered processor, glorious screen and specs to compete with the best, we think these are one of the best iPhone deals to go for if you have no budget.

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iPhone deals FAQ

When is the next iPhone coming out?

The latest Apple device - the iPhone 12 - is very quickly closing in. Unless we see a major delay to its release, we should have Apple's newest collection of devices in September.

Currently, Apple's latest collection of phones is the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. While Apple is one of the best phone brands at keeping their new devices a secret, we can get a general idea of what the iPhone 12 is likely to be like based on previous launches and leaks - find out more with our iPhone 12 expectations guide.

Does Apple have any 5G iPhone deals?

Apple finally joined the world of 5G in 2020 with the release of its iPhone 12 range. This includes four phones that offer this increased speed and latency, giving a decent amount of choice.

However, the most interesting is likely to be the iPhone 12 Mini. It is the smallest 5G phone around and despite its lower price tag, it still packs in a high-power processor and other important specs.

As for the other three - the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, all three are some of the best smartphones on the market with market-leading specs in pretty much all areas - especially cameras and processors.

Now that Apple has released 5G iPhones, we would imagine all Apple devices that follow from now will be 5G or come with the option of 4G or 5G.

How can I sell my old iPhone?

If you're lucky, when it comes to getting a new phone you will have an old one that is still in good nick. This puts you in the perfect position to sell your old phone and save some cash overall. You can use our full how to sell my phone guide or try using sellmymobile:

There are a lot of websites where you can sell your old mobile phones but one of the best options is SellMyMobile. Where it differs to other such sites is the fact that it brings together a host of available websites, giving you some choice.

It ranks your options based on price, how long it takes to get you paid, Trustpilot score and more. This way you can focus on the options that you trust the most and that will pay you the most.

Obviously the major benefit here is the range you are getting supplied. Instead of just getting one price, you can get an idea of how the market is looking in general and understand if the price you choose is a good one.

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 pounds. Everything from the iPhone XS Max to the iPhone 6S can be found through refurbs. 

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 iPhone deals coming to you refurbished have a 12 month warranty.

How can I get cheap iPhone deals?

There are a few ways to land yourself a cheap iPhone, mainly by going for older devices or the more affordable options. Depending on what you'd consider 'cheap' there are a few options.

The iPhone SE is the device that best fits the definition, offering super low prices for 2020 specs. In fact, the iPhone SE feels like the best cheap iPhone we've ever seen from Apple.

The iPhone 11 and XR are also better value than they've ever been before. Both handsets can be yours at a far lower cost than usual after both saw some tremendous price drops.

Devices older than the iPhone X, while theoretically cheaper, are hard to come by. Stock has dried up on most of them and therefore good deals on them are rare. With that in mind, the iPhone SE, 11 and XR are the best choices on a budget.

What is the best iPhone right now?

This really is a completely subjective question and completely depends on what you need from your phone contract. However, there is definitely a few key iPhones, out-performing in certain areas.

iPhone 11 Pro Max: This is now Apple's biggest and most powerful phone. If you have the money to spare this will be the best iPhone. It has the biggest battery and the biggest screen to really enhance your phone experience.

iPhone 11: Like the iPhone XR last year the iPhone 11 has one sole goal - bring high-end Apple specs at a more affordable price. For the majority of people wanting a new iPhone this will be the option to go for, avoiding the Pro Max and its monstrous price tag.

iPhone SE: This will be the handset for anyone who is looking for Apple on a budget. The iPhone SE is a 2020 device taking the iPhone 8's style and design and filling it with some newer and more powerful specs. It includes 4K video, the iPhone 11's A13 Bionic chipset and more.

iPhone XS: It is now a year old but the iPhone XS 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. With the iPhone 11 now out this is the time to invest. Your next Apple release will be in 2020.

- 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 back around.

- 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 don't mind going SIM-free.

- 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, we will be catching all of them as they appear and gathering them in our chart at the top of this page.

Should I get iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro deals?

With its far lower price tag, we can't help but feel that the iPhone 11 is a far superior choice for the majority of people. However, if you're the kind of person who likes having the best phone around then the upgrade to either the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max will be pretty necessary.

With an iPhone 11 Pro (or Pro Max) you'll be getting a bigger battery and an additional camera. However, if you're a fan of smaller phones, the iPhone 11 Pro is the smallest of Apple's trio of phones.

What is the cheapest iPhone?

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 £20 a month and not a whole lot 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.

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