WONDERING where and when you should be buying a new iPhone?
We've searched around the web to find the cheapest iPhones at the best prices as well as compiling our top tips for bagging yourself a great deal.
The best live iPhone deals
* Prices are accurate at the time of writing and are subject to change. To ensure you're getting the best deal on a new iPhone, make sure you shop around.
- iPhone SE, 15GB data, EE, £0 up front, £26pm - buy here
- iPhone 11, 20GB data, iD Mobile, £49.99 upfront, £34.99pm - buy here
- iPhone 11 Pro Max, 100GB data, Vodafone, £99.99 upfront, £48pm - buy here
Which stores have the best deals on iPhones?
And remember, if you see a great offer on a different network to yours, you can switch over and still keep your old number without too much hassle (read USwitch's handy guide here.)
Check out a few of the stores below to find the best offers.
- Affordable Mobiles
- Carphone Warehouse
What's the newest iPhone?
In September 2019 Apple released three new handsets: the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The 11 is 2019's answer to the iPhone XR, which was released a year earlier and is massively popular as it offers premium features without an astronomical price tag.
The Pro and the Pro Max are Apple's premium models, which come with larger screens, better cameras and bigger batteries.
Apple also announced the new iPhone SE last month, a more affordable version of its flagship device.
The iPhone SE 2020 looks a bit like the iPhone 8 and features a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and an A13 Bionic chipset.
What's the cheapest iPhone?
The SE is the cheapest iPhone that Apple is making at the moment.
Prices start at £419 for 64GB device and go up to £569 for a 256GB device.
What iPhone is going to be released next?
Considering new iPhones have been released every September since the iPhone 4 in 2012, it's a safe bet that 2020's new iPhones will be appearing at the same time this Autumn.
There's a number of rumours swirling about the features the latest generation of smartphone from Apple will contain.
It's been suggested that Apple will release as many as SEVEN new phones in 2020, with the new features including thinner handsets, faster wireless charging and 5G connectivity.
Plus there's rumours that the 'notch' on the face of the phone is set to be removed altogether.
When is the best time to buy an iPhone?
Every time Apple releases a new phone, each previous generation of the iPhone generally goes down in price.
For instance: the iPhone 8 was fixed at around £600 on Amazon (outside of sales periods) between November 2018 and September 2019.
Then, once the iPhone 11 was released, it suddenly dipped by more than £100, and will likely stay at around £480 until Autumn 2020.
As long as you don't HAVE to have the latest iPhone, go back a generation or two around the Apple launches and you can save yourself a bundle.
Black Friday and Amazon Prime day can also bring discounted prices away from new Apple releases.
What is the best iPhone?
iPhone SE 2020
Features: 4.7-inch Retina HD display, Water and dust resistant, 12MP Wide camera, next-generation Smart HDR, and 4K video, 7MP front camera, Touch ID, A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine, Wireless charging
- iPhone SE, £419 from Apple - buy here
If you're looking for the cheapest iPhone model available at the moment, look no further.
Arguably the best budget iPhone Apple has ever made, the 2020 version of the iPhone SE features solid specs, a good camera and a wide choice of apps on the Apple Store.
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iPhone 11 Pro Max
Features: 6.5” Super Retina XDR display, Textured matt glass and stainless steel design, Triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras with Night mode, 12MP TrueDepth camera with 4K video recording at up to 60 fps, Face ID, A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine, Longest battery life in an iPhone. Lasts up to 5 hours longer than iPhone XS Max, 4m Water resistant to a depth of 4 metres for up to 30 minutes
- iPhone 11 Pro Max, £999 from Amazon - buy here
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is Apple's flagship device and is a noticeable step up from 2018's iPhones.
It's got a whopping 6.5" screen, the best battery life in an iPhone, along with a 12mp triple rear-facing camera with telephoto, wide and ultra-wide sensors.
Alongside all of that, the Pro Max is water resistant up to a depth of four metres and has an HDR OLED display, which will display your Netflix favourites in all their glory.
You'll have to pay top dollar to get it, but it's tough handset to match in terms of performance.
iPhone 11 Pro
Features: 5.8” Super Retina XDR display, Textured matt glass and stainless steel design, Triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras with Night mode, 12MP TrueDepth camera with 4K video recording at up to 60 fps, Face ID, A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine, Lasts up to 4 hours longer than iPhone XS, Water resistant to a depth of 4 metres for up to 30 minutes.
- iPhone 11 Pro, £924 from Amazon - buy here
The iPhone 11 Pro is a small step down from the Max.
It has most of the same features, but with a smaller screen at 5.8" and a smaller battery.
It's still water resistant to four metres though and still boasts a top quality OLED screen for your movies on the go.
At the time of release, the standard Pro's RRP was £100 less than the Pro Max.
Features: 6.1” Liquid Retina HD display1, Glass and aluminium design, Dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras with Night mode, 12MP TrueDepth camera with 4K video recording at up to 60 fps, Face ID, A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine, Lasts up to 1 hour longer than iPhone XR, Water resistant to a depth of 2 metres for up to 30 minutes
- iPhone 11, £729 from Currys - buy here
We reckon the iPhone 11 might be Apple's most popular device over the next couple of years.
While it still has many of the same features as the Pro and Pro Max, its RRP is £729, a massive £420 less than Apple's flagship device.
A reduction in price does mean a slight reduction in quality: while its 6.1" screen is slightly larger than the Pro, it's a little smaller than the Pro Max, and Apple reckon it won't match the premium models for battery life either (although they do say the 11 will have an extra hour's battery life compared to the impressive XR).
As well as having a standard LED (as opposed to an OLED) screen, the 11 is only waterproof to two metres rather than four and is lacking the telephoto camera that features on the Pro and Pro Max.
However, you still get most of Apple's most recent innovations for the reduced price, including top quality cameras, processors and a long-lasting battery.
While there are phones out there with more impressive features, such as the cameras on a Huawei P30 Pro, you'll struggle to beat the mix of features and value the 11 offers.
Features: 6.1” Liquid Retina HD display, Glass and aluminium design, Single 12MP Wide camera, 7MP TrueDepth camera with 1080p HD video recording up to 60 fps, Face ID, A12 Bionic chip with second-generation Neural Engine, Lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 Plus, 1m Water resistant to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
- iPhone XR, £599 from Amazon - buy here
The iPhone XR was released in 2018 as the 'affordable' option from Apple, and shoppers flocked to buy the gadget in their droves.
With an RRP well under £1000, the XR still has great features, including Face ID, a great battery and very decent cameras.
Ultimately, the XR will be superseded by the 11, but while Apple keeps making the popular device, expect to see some great value offers from various retailers on the XR.
Features: 4.7” Retina HD display, Glass and aluminium design, Single 12MP Wide camera, 7MP FaceTime HD camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, Touch ID, A11 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, Lasts about the same as iPhone 7, Water resistant to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
- iPhone 8, £286.90 from Amazon - buy here
The iPhone 8 is two years old at this point and will likely be knocked out of production in the Autumn of 2020.
It's still a more than serviceable phone though, with great features as well as being the first iPhone with wireless charging capability.
Plus, it's the only one of Apple's current generation of smartphones with a screen under five inches (4.8" screen).
With its release of the iPhone 11 range, Apple announced which of its phones will remain in production: the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XR and 8.
Discontinued phones, such as the XS, XS Max and 7 can still be widely purchased, but will now be limited in stock as Apple is no longer manufacturing them.
Features: 6.5” Super Retina HD display, Glass and stainless steel design, Dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras, 7MP TrueDepth camera with 1080p HD video recording up to 60 fps, Face ID, A12 Bionic chip with second-generation Neural Engine, Lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X, 2m Water resistant to a depth of 2 metres for up to 30 minutes
- Apple iPhone XS Max, £999 from Argos - buy here
While not quite up the standard of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, 2018's flagship phone is an impressive piece of kit.
It's got a 6.5" screen, a 7MP HD camera that will shoot 4K video and a range of camera effects, such as Bokeh for those all-important selfies.
Battery life is very decent and the XS Max comes with the Apple's staple security gadget on its latest phones: Face ID.
While you won't get access to Apple's latest camera or screen innovations, the iPhone XS Max will feel like a hefty upgrade from most phones on the market.
Features: 5.8” Super Retina HD display, Glass and stainless steel design, Dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras, 7MP TrueDepth camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, Face ID, A11 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, Lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7, Water resistant to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
- iPhone X, £699 at Argos - buy here
Released back in 2017, the iPhone X is a very similar device to the XS, with a slightly different processor.
You still get Face ID, a handy array of cameras and good battery life.
Features: 4.7” Retina HD display, Single 12MP Wide camera, 7MP FaceTime HD camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, Touch ID, A10 Fusion chip, Lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 6s, 1m Water resistant to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
- iPhone 7, £295.20 from Amazon - buy here
See iPhone 8, with no wireless charging.
Are refurbished iPhones a good buy?
Getting a refurbished iPhone can be a big cost saver.
Even the more affordable iPhones such as the 8 and the XR will be a hefty hit to your bank balance if you pay for them outright.
But there's plenty of places around the web, including Amazon and Apple's own website, that offers refurbished iPhones for a fraction of their regular price.
Whether or not they're a good buy, though, comes down to the individual provider.
Apple, for instance, includes all cables with its refurbished phones, along with a one-year manufacturer warranty, which is useful if your phone develops a fault.
Amazon offers even better prices with similar quality, along with its own 'Amazon Renewed Guarantee', which we reckon should be pretty reliable, considering the size of the company.
We'd recommend making sure whichever website you buy from has some sort of guarantee in case your phone develops a hardware fault if you choose to buy refurbished.
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Which iPhone has the best battery?
According to Apple, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has the longest battery life of any iPhone.
They claim it'll last five hours longer than the iPhone XS Max, so you should be able to rely on the handset making it from dawn to dusk with some juice left in the tank.
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