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Apple’s iPhones are arguably the best smartphones available — with responsive efficiency, common updates for years, compelling {hardware} designs, excellent digital camera know-how, and an ecosystem that appeals to the plenty.

Now we have seen enhancements in battery life, superior multi-camera performance, and continued enhancements to Apple’s iOS. The high-end iPhones are dear, however Apple’s processor structure has additionally confirmed to be the most effective within the smartphone world. Apple would not but supply folding telephones or fluctuate an excessive amount of in design from yr to yr, however the iPhone is a dependable telephone that can aid you get work completed and luxuriate in its huge leisure assets in your downtime.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Best iPhone available


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Processor: Apple A15 | Show Measurement: 6.7 inches | Storage Choices: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Rear Cameras: Three 12MP (huge, ultra-wide, telephoto) | Entrance Digital camera: 12MP f/2.2 | Colours: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Sierra Blue | Measurement: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65mm | Weight: 240g | Beginning Value: $1,099 

Apple’s largest and most feature-rich iPhone is a mouthful, the iPhone 13 Professional Max. Whereas the telephone appears to be like nearly the identical as final yr’s 12 Professional Max it’s a tad thicker with a bigger capability battery and longer battery life because of each {hardware} tweaks and extra environment friendly show know-how. 

That revamped show not solely helps a refresh price as much as 120Hz, however it could possibly drop its refresh down to only 10 Hz to avoid wasting battery energy on static imagery. The consequence is a beautiful, buttery easy show that does not drain your battery the way in which some shows locked at 120Hz can. 

On the photographic entrance, optical zoom on the telephoto digital camera was improved to 6x, whereas a brand new macro pictures mode lets you seize pictures of topics which might be only a few centimeters away. Videographers will even take pleasure in the brand new cinematic video mode and its help for issues like rack focus, or altering the focal depth to change from one topic to a different.

See the total evaluation: iPhone 13 Pro Series review


  •    Unbelievable, easy show 
  •    Flawless efficiency
  •    Improved battery life
  •    High-tier cameras and video seize efficiency


  •    Costly
  •    Large and heavy
  •    Iterative aesthetics

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

Best iPhone for smaller pockets


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Processor: Apple A15 | Show Measurement: 6.1 inches | Storage Choices: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Rear Cameras: Three 12MP (huge, ultra-wide, telephoto) | Entrance Digital camera: 12MP f/2.2 | Colours: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Sierra Blue | Measurement: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65mm | Weight: 204g | Beginning Value: $999 

The Apple iPhone 13 Professional is smaller than the iPhone 13 Professional Max, however nonetheless has the triple rear digital camera array and the entire identical options because the 13 Professional Max. Not like the iPhone 12 Professional fashions from final yr, there are not any variations within the cameras in 2021. Thus, it’s really your desire for show measurement and want for the Max’s additional battery capability that can make the distinction for you. Should you like a smaller telephone, and do not want multi-day battery life, then the 13 Professional is your most suitable option. 

The iPhone 13 Professional’s smaller 6.1-inch show additionally obtained the identical “ProMotion” replace as its bigger cousin, providing the identical easy, variable refresh price because the 6.7 inches seen on the 13 Professional Max. Though customers searching for the most important attainable display screen should wish to go for the Max, this mannequin is extra pocketable and manageable for most individuals.

Whereas the 13 Professional could look nearly an identical to the iPhone 12 Professional, it’s really 0.25 mm thicker to accommodate a barely bigger battery, leading to a 15-gram weight enhance over the iPhone 12 Professional. These modest measurement and weight bumps are greater than value it for the elevated battery life the 13 Professional has proven over its predecessor. 


  •    Smaller type issue
  •    Identical 120Hz and dynamic refresh price show tech because the Max 
  •    Higher battery life than iPhone 12 Professional
  •    Excellent cameras


  •    Decrease most battery capability than the iPhone 13 Professional Max

Apple iPhone SE (3rd generation)

The most affordable iPhone


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Show: 4.7 inches LCD (1334 x 750-pixel decision) | CPU: Apple A15 | RAM: Uknown | Inner storage: 64/128/256GB choices | Rear cameras: 12MP major | Entrance digital camera: 7MP digital camera | Weight: 144g | Battery capabilityUnknown

Apple happy these searching for a tiny telephone a couple of years in the past with the 2016 iPhone SE. In 2020, it launched one other SE mannequin in a bigger type issue that carried on the custom of the Contact ID entrance fingerprint sensor. The 2022 iPhone SE (third Era) is on the market now for a really inexpensive beginning worth of $429 in three colour choices – Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT Purple.

The newest mannequin brings Sub-6 5G help (mmWave is just not supported) and a brand new Apple processor with the identical conventional show measurement, entrance Contact ID fingerprint sensor, and single rear digital camera. The processor brings improved efficiency, longer battery life, and enhanced pictures outcomes with the identical {hardware}.

The iPhone SE continues to be primarily an iPhone 8 with upgraded internals to match the fashionable iPhone 13 vary. For many who need a smaller and cheaper iPhone, that is the one to get. There are additionally nonetheless many followers of Contact ID, particularly in case you put on a masks repeatedly.


  • It is an iPhone… for $429
  • Strong battery life
  • Wonderful software program help
  • Small telephone
  • IP67 mud/water-resistant


iPhone 13

Best iPhone for most people


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Processor: Apple A15 | Show Measurement: 6.1 inches | Storage Choices: 128GB/256GB/512GB | Rear Cameras: Two 12MP (huge and ultra-wide) | Entrance Digital camera: 12MP f/2.2 | Colours: Starlight, Midnight, PRODUCT (Purple), Pink, Blue | Measurement: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65mm | Weight: 174g | Beginning Value: $799 

The Apple iPhone 13 is an attention-grabbing system because it has the very same 6.1-inch show seen on the iPhone 13 Professional, however with out the brand new ProMotion know-how. This implies its restricted to the usual 60 Hz iPhone homeowners have been utilizing for yr. Fact be advised, that is unlikely to be a dealbreaker for the big portion of the populace that see issues like refresh price as ineffective technobabble or simply an undesirable supply for an upcharge. 

There may be additionally one much less rear digital camera on the iPhone 13 and it doesn’t supply the LiDAR scanner discovered within the 13 Professional line. If the additional telephoto lens and AR capabilities usually are not necessary to you, then it can save you some  appreciable cash by choosing the iPhone 13.

See the total evaluation: iPhone 13 review

It is nice to lastly see Apple begin with a 128GB base mannequin slightly than charging folks for an inexpensive degree of inner storage, particularly when that storage must play residence to Apple’s glorious picture and video outcomes, together with movie taken utilizing the brand new Cinematic mode talked about above.

The iPhone 13 is 0.25mm thicker and 10 grams heavier than the iPhone 12, however customers are positive to understand the improved battery life that comes with a bit extra depth.


  •    Attractive flat OLED show
  •    Loud stereo audio system
  •    Wonderful cameras


  •    No excessive refresh price show
  •    No devoted telephoto digital camera

Apple iPhone 13 mini

Best new small iPhone


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Processor: Apple A15 | Show Measurement: 5.4 inches | Storage Choices: 128GB/256GB/512GB | Rear Cameras: Two 12MP (huge and ultra-wide) | Entrance Digital camera: 12MP f/2.2 | Colours: Starlight, Midnight, PRODUCT (Purple), Pink, Blue | Measurement: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.65mm | Weight: 141g | Beginning Value: $699 

It wasn’t clear final yr how standard the smallest new iPhone was with consumers, however we see Apple as soon as once more going small in 2021. This diminutive iPhone possibility affords the entire identical options because the iPhone 13, with a smaller show and smaller battery capability.

The identical Apple processor powers the system, together with its twin rear digital camera system that is additionally an identical to the iPhone 13. Face ID, 5G, wi-fi charging, and all the remaining from the iPhone 13 are current on the smaller iPhone 13 mini. Whereas we see the removing of the ridiculous 64GB storage possibility right here as properly, followers of tiny however highly effective smartphones will seemingly respect the choice so as to add as much as 512GB of storage at a further value of $300.

See the total evaluation: iPhone 13 mini review

The Apple iPhone SE continues to be accessible with a 4.7-inch show and low Apple worth of $399, however the iPhone 13 mini affords a $100 financial savings over the bigger iPhone 13. Its smaller show could also be a bit too tiny for followers of consuming tons of media on their smartphones. However, for customers on the market with smaller arms that lengthy for the times when their thumb might attain any a part of their smartphone’s display screen, the iPhone 13 Mini is the sensible alternative.


  •    A uncommon small flagship telephone
  •    Similar internals to the iPhone 13
  •    Wonderful cameras


  •    No excessive refresh price on the show
  •    Subpar battery life

Apple iPhone 12

Best last generation iPhone for most people


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Processor: Apple A14 | Show Measurement: 6.1 inches | Storage Choices: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Rear Cameras: Two 12MP (huge and ultra-wide) | Entrance Digital camera: 12MP f/2.2 | Colours: Black, White, PRODUCT (Purple), Inexperienced, Blue | Measurement: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm | Weight: 164g | Beginning Value: $699 

Just like the up to date thirteenth era, the Apple iPhone 12 affords the very same 6.1-inch show measurement seen on the iPhone 12 Professional. Nonetheless, with out the additional benefit of ProMotion on this earlier era’s Professional model, it is an excellent nearer competitor to its rather more costly counterpart. 

Additionally just like the iPhone 13, the iPhone 12 drops a single digital camera and LiDAR help as a few of its only a few concessions. 

The iPhone 12 was the preferred alternative of its era for the plenty who could not want the higher-end cameras discovered within the Professional fashions, and it continues to be an awesome possibility for customers now wishing to economize by choosing its one year-old, however nonetheless glorious internals and specs. 

See our full evaluation: iPhone 12 review

The iPhone 12 additionally begins at a measly 64GB of storage so you’ll have to pay a bit additional to select up the 128GB or 256GB fashions. Fortunately, it is just $50 for the 128GB possibility that I extremely suggest for individuals who use their telephone as their picture or video digital camera.


  •    Attractive flat OLED show
  •    Loud stereo audio system
  •    Wonderful cameras


  •    Begins with 64GB inner storage
  •    Expensive for the bottom mannequin

Apple iPhone 12 mini

Best last generation small iPhone


Processor: Apple A14 | Show Measurement: 5.4 inches | Storage Choices: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Rear Cameras: Two 12MP (huge and ultra-wide) | Entrance Digital camera: 12MP f/2.2 | Colours: Black, White, PRODUCT (Purple), Inexperienced, Blue | Measurement: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm | Weight: 135g | Beginning Value: $599 

In a slightly distinctive transfer from Apple, we additionally noticed a fourth iPhone 12 mannequin introduced with the 5.4-inch show. Not like many downsized choices, this mannequin launched with the identical show high quality and know-how as its bigger siblings, permitting followers of smaller gadgets to get the dimensions they needed with out the concessions that normally entails for shows underneath 6 inches in most smartphone strains. 

The identical Apple processor powers the system with a twin rear digital camera system that’s the identical because the iPhone 12. Face ID, 5G, wi-fi charging, and all the remaining from the iPhone 12 are all additionally current on the smaller iPhone 12 mini.

See our full evaluation: iPhone 12 mini review


  •    Small telephone
  •    Flawless efficiency
  •    Wonderful cameras


  •    Common battery life
  •    Begins with 64GB inner storage

Apple iPhone 11

Best $500 iPhone


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Processor: Apple A13 | Show Measurement: 6.1 inches | Storage Choices: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Rear Cameras: Two 12MP (huge and ultra-wide) | Entrance Digital camera: 12MP f/2.2 | Colours: Black, White, PRODUCT (Purple), Purple, Yello, Inexperienced | Measurement: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm | Weight: 194g | Beginning Value: $499 

Whereas this checklist begins with probably the most highly effective, and costly, telephones accessible, ZDNet’s Jason Cipriani was proper in stating that the Apple iPhone 11 might be the most effective older era iPhone for most individuals. We usually see Apple hold costs the identical, or enhance them, annually, however with the iPhone 11, we really noticed a worth drop of $50 at launch and additional drops for the reason that iPhone 13 launch.

Not like the horrible determination to launch the iPhone 11 Professional/Professional Max with 64GB after which cost an enormous premium to improve to the subsequent degree of 256GB, Apple lets iPhone 11 consumers go from 64GB to 128GB for simply $50. Thus, the iPhone 11 with 128GB is a superb and beneficial possibility for most individuals.

The iPhone 11 has a measurement between the 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max with lengthy battery life, succesful processor, a number of colour choices, and rear twin digital camera setup. The iPhone 11 has an ultra-wide angle and commonplace rear cameras however would not have the 2x telephoto zoom lens discovered on the opposite newer iPhone fashions


  •    Good measurement
  •    Flawless efficiency
  •    Strong cameras
  •    Lengthy battery life


  •    Begins with 64GB inner storage

Which iPhone mannequin is best for you?

It was once pretty straightforward to decide on an iPhone mannequin as you usually chosen both the “massive” iPhone or the “small” one. With 4 fashions accessible within the iPhone 13 sequence alone, you must dig a bit deeper to decide on which is greatest for you. That is very true of the iPhone 13 and 13 Professional which might be almost the identical {hardware} so try our query above for extra on this determination.

Measurement is mostly the primary issue to contemplate, adopted by worth. Value limits will even drive the quantity of inner storage you choose in your iPhone.

One improbable facet of the Apple iPhone line is that iPhone fashions obtain software program help for years, so it is OK to purchase an older mannequin and belief it can work properly for you for years.

Mannequin Base Value Base Storage Show Processor Cameras
iPhone 13 Professional Max $1,099 128GB 6.7 inches A15 3
iPhone 13 Professional $999 128GB 6.1 inches A15 3
iPhone 13 $799 128GB 6.1 inches A15 2
iPhone 13 mini $699 128GB 5.4 inches A15 2
iPhone 12 $699 64GB 6.1 inches A14 2
iPhone 12 mini $599 64GB 5.4 inches A14 2
iPhone 11 $499 64GB 6.1 inches A13 2
iPhone SE (third Era) $429 64GB 4.7 inches A15 1

Is the iPhone 13 Professional value the additional $200 over the iPhone 13?

This is among the most typical questions new iPhone 13 sequence consumers have since each telephones are the identical measurement, have the identical processor, and produce other specs that match one another. The accessible colours are completely different and the iPhone 13 Professional has one further digital camera, a 6x optical telephoto digital camera. Whereas there’s 2x optical zoom on the iPhone 13, the 13 Professional additionally helps LiDAR know-how.

The iPhone 13 Professional additionally has a 120Hz excessive refresh price show, which might be the only greatest promoting level for the 13 Professional over the usual 13, assuming the above digital camera variations did not sway you. Should you’ve ever felt like you possibly can really see the person frames of your iPhone’s show being refreshed, otherwise you crave the buttery smoothness of equally outfitted iPads that help Apple’s ProMotion know-how, then by all means go for the Professional on this function alone. Should you’re not sure, I would extremely suggest visiting an Apple Retailer or different retailer that can allow you to take a side-by-side have a look at the shows in motion. Scroll by way of one thing rapidly and see in case you can discover a distinction in smoothness. If they give the impression of being the identical, save your self some cash and go for the iPhone 13. 

Which iPhone fashions help 5G?

All 4 iPhone 13 and accessible iPhone 12 fashions help 5G wi-fi know-how. Even the brand new iPhone SE (third Era) helps Sub-6, low-band 5G networks.

5G continues to roll out throughout the US, and whereas it’s debatable if there are advantages to the speeds of the community, in my expertise, the broad protection of low-band 5G has solved my connectivity points in spotty protection areas with previous iPhone fashions.

Much more importantly, the 5G iPhone fashions have Qualcomm chipsets inside which might be proving to supply higher RF reception than we noticed in previous iPhones that had Intel chipsets. The presence of a Qualcomm chipset has made it attainable for me to make use of an iPhone 13 Professional Max as my every day driver since I bought it.

Learn more about 5G, what it is, and how it is evolving the wireless communications industry here.

Which iPhone fashions help wi-fi charging or MagSafe?

All the iPhone fashions on this checklist help Qi wi-fi charging know-how. Wi-fi charging is changing into an anticipated function for contemporary smartphones from all producers.

In the meantime, Apple’s proprietary MagSafe know-how is simply supported by the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 fashions. 

MagSafe supplies a safe magnetic connection system so to connect with wi-fi chargers with excellent positioning and alignment. MagSafe can be used with different equipment, reminiscent of wallets and kickstands. Whereas the additional safety when your iPhone is docked to a wi-fi charger is usually a good bonus, it isn’t completely important and possibly should not be a significant determiner in your alternative. Apple’s first-party wallets and battery packs that use MagSafe have additionally obtained considerably combined opinions, making them a tough promote for all however probably the most die-hard Apple fans. 

How did we select these iPhone fashions?

The method to make our alternatives consists of testing the telephones for weeks, studying opinions from different web sites and publications, researching reviewer guides and producer web sites, speaking with colleagues and different customers who’ve hands-on expertise with the telephones, after which choosing the right from the entire accessible decisions. 

For this iPhone checklist, we additionally solely included iPhone fashions which might be accessible immediately from the Apple Retailer the place you’ll get official help and should purchase Apple Care Plus. There could also be different fashions of older iPhones nonetheless accessible from third-party distributors or wi-fi carriers.


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