Don't Want to Drop a Grand on Your New iPhone? You Don't Have To.
Good news! There's now a handful of midpriced iPhones to pick from.
The iPhone 12 Pro may be Apple's latest and greatest, but—like many premium smartphones—it comes at a hefty starting price of $1,000.
If you don't want to spend that kind of money, though, you'll find more midpriced options in the Apple lineup than ever before.
The iPhone 12 starts at $800, and on Nov. 6 you can preorder the iPhone 12 Mini for $700. The iPhone SE, released last spring, costs just $400.
A number of older iPhone models provide good values, too, delivering great performance for texting, surfing the web, listening to music, watching movies, and taking great photos.
iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max ($999 or Less)
These models are still kind of pricey, but that's likely to change once the 12 Pro Max officially arrives in stores later this month.
The phones don't have 5G connectivity or Apple’s new processor, but both offer wide, ultra-wide, and 2x rear cameras that performed great in our testing.
The 11 Pro Max also has a super-sharp 6.5-inch OLED display (known for providing blacker blacks and unlimited viewing angles) and an impressive 40.5-hour battery life. In comparison, the 11 Pro, which has a 5.8-inch OLED display, logged 34 hours.
iPhone 12 ($800) & 12 Mini ($700)
These two new releases have the hardware needed for 5G connectivity, and both are powered by Apple’s latest processor.
They also feature OLED displays, cameras designed to work better in low light, and support for Apple’s new MagSafe wireless chargers.
So what are they missing? You don’t get the 128GB of standard storage, stainless steel frame, and 2x zoom camera found on the 12 Pro. Instead, you're looking at 64GB, an aluminum frame, and a slightly less versatile camera.
We're still putting the models through the paces in our labs, so we don't have battery-life figures to share yet.
iPhone 11 ($600)
Apple has cut the price of this model by $100. Like the SE below, it features a pared-down camera setup, but unlike the SE, this phone offers a rear ultra-wide camera.
The old-school 6.1-inch LCD display got Very Good ratings from our testers. The phone supports wireless charging and quick-charge technology, and unlocks using Apple's FaceID software.
The 11 also received strong scores for durability, but the 28-hour battery life is just okay.
iPhone XR ($500)
Apple has dropped the starting price for this budget model from two years ago by $100.
It has just one rear camera, with a traditional wide-angle lens. And like the 11, it features a 6.1-inch LCD display. But as humble as that may seem, both features received Very Good ratings from our testers.
The 27.5-hour battery life is just average.
iPhone SE ($400)
The SE is only seven months old, and it has a lot to recommend it—especially at this price.
If you’re fond of Apple's Home Button, this is the only current model to sport one. With a 4.7-inch display, the phone also will appeal to those who love pocket-friendly devices.
You get the same A13 Bionic processor found in the more expensive iPhone 11 models, too.
The downsides? The SE features a minimal camera setup that received just Good ratings from our testers. And it delivers a lackluster 25.5 hours' worth of battery life per charge.
iPhone Models by the Numbers
The table below summarizes major differences between these phones, plus the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. (If you’re reading this story on a smartphone, we recommend that you rotate it to landscape mode for a better view.)