iPhone generations: which Apple iPhone model is right for you?

iPhone generations: Various iPhones laid on a blank surface
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The number of iPhone generations can be baffling to anyone who doesn't actually work in the industry. With so many different models being released, year in year out, all with quite confusing naming structure, it's not obvious to most people which one they should actually buy. 

To help you decide which is the best iPhone for you, below we've listed most of the  and explain the differences between them. We'll also include a few key details for older iPhones, in case you see a refurbished or second-hand model and fancy snapping it up for a bargain. 

Yes, there are a lot of them. But we've divided them into categories to make it easier to get your head around it all. And of course, remember the best camera phone doesn't necessarily have to come from Apple. So it's also worth checking our guides to the best Samsung phone, and the best Google Phone, too.

On 15 September, Apple announced its latest set of phones: the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. We'll start with those, then move on to older generations that are less powerful, but also on the whole more affordable.

iPhone generations: iPhone models available to buy

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A photo of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

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The best iPhone for content creators

Specifications

Release Date: September 2023
Rear cameras: 48MP (24mm, f/1.8), 12MP Ultra Wide (13mm, f/2.2), 12MP Periscope Telephoto (120mm, f/2.8), TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Front camera: 12MP (23mm, f/1.9), SL 3D (depth/biometrics sensor)
OIS: Yes
Weight: 221g
Dimensions: 159.9 x 76.7 x 8.3mm
Screen: LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (HBM)
Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB

Reasons to buy

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Powerful telephoto
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Periscope zoom camera
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Powerful processor

Reasons to avoid

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Overkill for many people

In terms of specs, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the most impressive to date. So quite simply, if you want the best iPhone and money's no object, this is the one.

It boasts a matte titanium frame that doesn't attract fingerprints as much as its predecessors. It's also a bit lighter at 221g. And unlike previous iPhone generations, there's a USB-C port. 

There's a customizable Action Button that can change focus mode or launch the camera, torch, Voice Memo app, Magnifier, an accessibility feature, or silent mode. Plus you get an Always-on display (should you want it) and the Dynamic Island notch, a feature that only the iPhone 14 Pro had previously, which gives you access to active apps and Live Activities.

It's great on the inside too, with the Apple A17 Pro chipset making everything run nice and fast. The 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display is big and beautiful, and the camera is the best yet, with an upgraded telephoto lens and introduces Apple's new 5x zoom tetraprism periscope system. 

In short, these are the best specs of any iPhone so far, and if you want a phone for photography or content creation, this will be the absolute best. If you're just an "ordinary" user, though, you may well prefer something a bit cheaper, which applies to the rest of the phones on our list from 3 onwards.

For more details, see our iPhone 15 Pro Max hands-on review

A photo of the iPhone 15 Pro

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2. Apple iPhone 15 Pro (2023)

The best iPhone for content creators prioritising portability

Specifications

Release Date: September 2023
Rear cameras: 48MP (24mm, f/1.8), 12MP Ultra Wide (13mm, f/2.2), 12MP Telephoto (77mm, f/2.8), TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Front camera: 12MP (23mm, f/1.9), SL 3D (depth/biometrics sensor)
OIS: Yes
Weight: 187g
Dimensions: 146.6 x 70.6 x 8.3mm
Screen: LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (HBM)
Storage: 128GB/256GB/1TB

Reasons to buy

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Large screen
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Lighter than Pro Max
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Cheaper than Pro Max

Reasons to avoid

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Less powerful Zoom than Max
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Less battery life than Max

The iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max are pretty similar phones. The main difference is made clear in the latter's 'Max' appendage: ie it's bigger. So if you want a juicy big screen (6.7 inches rather than 6.1), go for the Max. Alternatively, if you want something that's lighter and easier to fit in your pocket, go for the Pro.

That's not the only difference. The Pro also has a less powerful battery, and the zoom is just 3x rather than 5x. But you're still getting pretty much everything else: the same Action button, the same processor, the same 16GB and so on. For more details, see our iPhone 15 Pro review

iPhone 15

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3. Apple iPhone 15 (2023)

The best iPhone for most people

Specifications

Release Date: September 2023
Rear cameras: 48MP (26mm, f/1.6), 12MP Ultra Wide (13mm, f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (23mm, f/1.9), SL 3D (depth/biometrics sensor)
OIS: Yes
Weight: 171g
Dimensions: 147.6 x 71.6 x 7.8mm
Screen: Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (HBM), 2000 nits (peak)
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Reasons to buy

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More affordable than Pro & Max
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Perfect for most people's needs

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks 5x Zoom
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Pro & Max are more powerful

The Pro and Pro Max versions of the iPhone are largely aimed at two specific types of user: those who want to create content with their phone and those who are focused on gaming. For everyone else, there's the standard iPhone. 

It's a little cheaper than the Pro, because it's not quite as sophisticated. That's because it doesn't always-on functionality, the Action Button or the telephoto lens. Also, the processor's slightly less fast and the battery life slightly shorter. However, unless you're doing advanced stuff, most people won't notice the difference. Plus it's lighter than the Pro, which many will see as a positive.

iPhone 15 Plus

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4. Apple iPhone 15 Plus (2023)

The best large iPhone for most people

Specifications

Release Date: September 2023
Rear cameras: 48MP (26mm, f/1.6), 12MP Ultra Wide (13mm, f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (23mm, f/1.9), SL 3D (depth/biometrics sensor)
OIS: Yes
Weight: 201g
Dimensions: 160.9 x 77.8 x 7.8 mm
Screen: Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (HBM), 2000 nits (peak)
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Reasons to buy

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Larger screen than iPhone 15
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Better battery than iPhone 15

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier than iPhone

Like the sound of the iPhone 15, but want a bigger screen? Then you want the iPhone 15 Plus. It's a very similar phone, but with a larger screen that's 6.7 inches in diameter as opposed to 6.1. The iPhone 15 Plus also has a slightly larger 4,383mAh battery compared with 3,349mAh in the iPhone 15. On the flipside, it's heavier and a little less portable, so it depends what you value most.

best iPhone for photography: iPhone 14 Pro Max

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Last year's Pro Max still has a lot to offer

Specifications

Release Date: September 2022
Rear cameras: 48MP (24mm, f/1.78), 12MP Ultra Wide (13mm, f/2.2), 12MP 3x Telephoto (77mm f/2.8)
Front camera: 12MP TrueDepth camera (f/1.9)
OIS: Yes
Weight: 240g
Dimensions: 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85mm
Screen: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR
Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB

Reasons to buy

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Larger camera sensor than 13 Pro series
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Rich styling with IP68 certification
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New selfie camera has autofocus

Reasons to avoid

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No SIM slot for US customers
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Price increase over 13 Pro in the UK
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Telephoto reach isn't class-leading

The iPhone 14 Pro Max checks all the boxes you'd expect from an Apple smartphone. A big, immersive screen. Fancy styling. Stacks of power. A large, 1/1.28-inch, 48MP sensor, and a front camera with autofocus. So even though it's last year's model, it still has a lot to offer.

Yes, if you really want 5x zoom and a USB-C port, you'll need the latest Pro Max. And this older model has a slightly less fast processor, in the form of the A16 Bionic chip. But otherwise, the differences between the two models are slight, so if you can find this one at a significant lower price, we'd still be tempted.

best iPhone for photography: iPhone 14 Pro

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Like the 14 Pro Max, but more portable

Specifications

Release Date: September 2022
Rear cameras: 48MP (24mm, f/1.78), 12MP Ultra Wide (13mm, f/2.2), 12MP 3x Telephoto (77mm f/2.8)
Front camera: 12MP TrueDepth camera (f/1.9)
OIS: Yes
Weight: 240g
Dimensions: 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85mm
Screen: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR
Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB

Reasons to buy

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Large 48MP camera sensor
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The selfie camera now has autofocus
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Elegant new deep purple color

Reasons to avoid

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No SIM slot for US customers
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Telephoto camera isn't class-leading
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Very expensive

The main difference between the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the screen size. If you prefer a larger 6.7-inch screen for reviewing and editing images, shooting videos, or even playing games, then the Pro Max is definitely one to go for – as long as you can afford it. However, if you want something more compact and portable, then the 14 Pro is the one to choose.

George Cairns iPhone 14 review

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Last year's standard iPhone

Specifications

Release date: September 2022
Rear cameras: 12MP wide (f/1.5), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (f/1.9)
OIS: Yes
Weight: 6.07 ounces / 172g
Dimensions: 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.31 inches
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Reasons to buy

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More affordable than the Pro versions
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Action mode for smooth handheld clips
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Effective Portrait mode blur

Reasons to avoid

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No Macro mode
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No option to shoot in RAW

Although it's now been replaced by the iPhone 15 as the current standard model, the iPhone 14 is still a powerful phone with some nice photography and video making capabilities. However, compared to the iPhone 15, you won't get the Dynamic Island, USB-C and the main camera is just 12MP rather than 48MP. The A16 processor is less zippy, too. So overall, you'd have to be getting a big discount on the iPhone 15 to consider getting the older iPhone 14 in 2023.

Read our full iPhone 14 review for more details.

iPhone 14 Plus

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Like the iPhone 14, but with a bigger screen

Specifications

Release date: September 2022
Rear cameras: 12MP wide (f/1.5), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (f/1.9)
OIS: Yes
Weight: 7.16oz / 203g
Dimensions: 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.31 in
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Reasons to buy

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Larger screen than iPhone 14
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Better battery life than iPhone 14

Reasons to avoid

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Less portable than iPhone 14
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A little heavier than iPhone 14

The iPhone 14 Plus is basically the same as the iPhone 14, but bigger. The benefit is that means it has a bigger screen (6.7 inches compared to 6.1) and room for a bigger battery too. The downside is that it's about an ounce heavier, and less likely to fit in your pocket comfortably. So which you opt for will very much be a personal thing.

For more details, see our comparison article iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus v iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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Still a brilliant iPhone overall

Specifications

Release date: September 2021
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm
Weight: 204g
Rear cameras: 12MP f/1.5, 12MP f/1.8 ultrawide, 12MP f/2.8 telephoto
Front camera: 12MP
Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Great for photography
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Runs quickly and smoothly
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Beautiful display

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life better in the Max

The iPhone 13 Pro may be ageing, but it remains brilliant for photography, with three top-class lenses (standard, ultra-wide, and telephoto sensors) offering focal lengths of 26mm, 13mm, and 78mm respectively. 

The telephoto range jumps from 2x with the iPhone 12 Pro to 3x. The iPhone 13 Pro also improves on its predecessor with a Cinematic mode for video, a macro mode for stills, plus the camera works better in low light too.

The beautiful OLED display is a treat for the eyes. Battery life is very impressive. The A15 Bionic chip is less powerful than that in the 14 and 15 series, but it still makes everything run quickly and smoothly. You can get up to 1TB in storage. 5G is supported. And the phone is water resistant to IP68 standards.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max (next on our list) has even better battery life, and is larger; which may be a pro or a con depending on your opinion. See Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro to learn more.

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A great iPhone with plenty of screen

Specifications

Release date: October 2021
Dimensions: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65mm
Weight: 240g
Rear cameras: 12MP 13mm f/1.8 Ultra Wide, 12MP 26mm f/1.5 Wide, 12MP 77mm f/2.8 telephoto
Front cameras: 12MP f/2.2 TrueDepth
Display: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Large screen 
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Best battery life
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High specs overall

Reasons to avoid

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The most expensive iPhone

As we mentioned above, the iPhone 13 Pro Max matches the iPhone 13 Pro in all but two respects. Firstly, it has a bigger screen (6.7 inches to the latter's 6.1). And secondly, it boasts better battery life. So, for example, Apple promises up to 28 hours of video playback versus up to 22 hours on the Pro. If you decide to buy one, see our guide to the best iPhone 13 Pro Max cases.

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11. iPhone SE (2022)

The best modern iPhone for those on a budget

Specifications

Release date: March 2022
Dimensions: 138 x 7 x 67mm
Weight: 144g
Rear cameras: 12 MP, f/1.8 (wide), PDAF, OIS
Front cameras: 7 MP, f/2.2
Display: 4.7" Retina HD 1334 x 750
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Cheap for an iPhone
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Fast performer
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Supports 5G

Reasons to avoid

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Small screen

If you want a cheap iPhone and don't mind a small (4.7 inch) screen, the iPhone SE is our top recommendation. At a quite affordable price, you'll get many of the same advanced capabilities and performance you'll find in much more expensive iPhones. 

This latest iteration of the iPhone SE features 5G, longer battery life, and improved durability. It also features an all-new camera system powered by A15 Bionic, with a 12MP f/1.8 aperture wide camera on the rear that offers great tools like Portrait mode and the same Smart HDR 4 tech as the iPhone 13. The rear camera (7 MP, f/2.2) isn't half bad, either.

The iPhone SE (2022) is rated IP67 for water and dust resistance, features the familiar Home button, and supports Touch ID – an easy, private, and secure alternative for logging in to apps, authorizing purchases, and making Apple Pay transactions. 

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This older standard iPhone offers great value

Specifications

Release date: September 2021
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm
Weight: 174g
Rear cameras: 12MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS; 12MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide)
Front camera: 12MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6", SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Reasons to buy

+
Fast processor
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Supports 5G
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Value for money

Reasons to avoid

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No telephoto sensor

The iPhone 13 looks and feels very similar to the iPhone 13 Pro (number 9 on our list), but is much cheaper. So what are the main differences?

To start with, the display on the iPhone 13 isn't quite as good. It offers a maximum 800 nits of brightness, compared with the Pro's 1,000; and a 60Hz refresh rate rather than the Pro's 120Hz. It's a similar story with the cameras. The iPhone 13 doesn't shoot in low light quite so well, and lacks the new ProRes video compression format introduced in the Pro.

Overall, though, most of the high specs of the iPhone 13 Pro are matched in the iPhone 13, including the A15 Bionic chip, 5G support, and strong battery life. Which means the cheaper price of the iPhone 13 still makes it very good value. 

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The same as the iPhone 13, but smaller

Specifications

Release date: October 2021
Display: 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Dimensions: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.65mm
Weight: 140g
Rear cameras: 12MP 13mm f/2.4, 12MP 26mm f/1.6
Front camera: 12MP, f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
Processor: A15 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Reasons to buy

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Light 
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Portable
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Matches iPhone 13's features

Reasons to avoid

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Less battery life than iPhone 13

Want the same specs as the iPhone 13 but in a smaller handset? That's what the iPhone 13 mini has to offer, with its small but perfectly formed 5.4-inch screen. The battery life isn't quite as good, but otherwise this is basically the same phone, but smaller. A great choice, then, if you're on a budget and want something you can easily slip into a small bag or pocket.

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14. iPhone 12 (2020)

2020's flagship iPhone is still very capable

Specifications

Release date: October 2020
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm
Weight: 164g
Rear cameras: 12MP 13mm f/2.4, 12MP 26mm f/1.6
Front camera: 12MP, f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A14 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Impressive specs
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Value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks the latest processor
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Lacks a telephoto lens

If you want a 5G iPhone that's relatively cheap, then the iPhone 12 is a great option. Especially as it has a pretty similar design to the iPhone 13.

As a slightly older phone, it's cheaper for a reason. For example, its A14 Bionic chip isn't quite as zippy as the A15 in the iPhone 13. Nor does it have a dedicated telephoto sensor, although it does offer digital zoom of up to 5x. And the display maxes out at 600 nits, compared to 800 nits on the iPhone 13. 

The camera isn't as good either. The iPhone 13’s 12MP wide sensor takes in 47% more light than the 12, and so there's less noise in images. Battery life is much improved in the iPhone 13. And the maximum storage you can get in the iPhone 12 is 256GB: half that of its successor.

In day to day use, though, most of these differences won't be immediately noticeable, especially if you're not a pro photographer. And so the iPhone 12 remains a very capable phone that's well worth the money.

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The same as the iPhone 12, but smaller

Specifications

Release date: April 2021
Dimensions: 131 x 64.2 x 7.4mm
Weight: 133g
Rear cameras: 12MP 26mm f/1.6, 12MP 13mm f/2.4
Front camera: 12MP, 23mm f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
Display: 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Processor: A14 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
+
Portable size
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All the features of iPhone 12

Reasons to avoid

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Small screen may not suit

The iPhone 12 mini is essentially a smaller version of the iPhone 12. It has all the same features, the same cameras and the same 5G support. The only difference is that it has a smaller screen (5.4 inches to the iPhone 12's 6.1 inches), and it's smaller and lighter overall.  

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Great for photographers who don't need a telephoto lens

Specifications

Release date: October 2020
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm
Weight: 189g
Rear cameras: 12MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; 12MP, f/2.0, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom; 12MP, f/2.4, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/3.6" TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Front camera: 12MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"
Display: 6.1 inch Super Retina XDR OLED
Processor: A14 Bionic
Storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Reasons to buy

+
Impressive camera
+
Fast processor
+
5G support

Reasons to avoid

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Less powerful telephoto than 13 Pro

While it's a year older than the iPhone 13 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro is surprisingly similar, and so if you can get one for a significantly lower price, it's worth considering.  The changes between this older model and its successor are fairly small and incremental. For example, when it comes to photography, both offer a standard, ultra-wide and a telephoto lens. The iPhone 13 Pro’s standard lens has a slightly wider aperture, though (f/1.5 vs f/1.6), and also uses the larger sensor size. Its ultra wide angle lens also has a wider aperture (f/1.8 vs f/2.4 lens). 

Perhaps most strikingly, the telephoto on the older model is 2x, compared to 3x on the 13 Pro. These differences do make for better photos, but it's still a close-run thing. Elsewhere, you get the same display, the same processor, the same 5G connectivity. And so if you're not that concerned about the cameras, the iPhone 12 Pro may be your better bet considering how much cheaper it is than the 13 Pro. 

For more details, see our comparison article iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro.

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The largest of the 2020 iPhones

Specifications

Release date: September 2020
Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
Weight: 194g
Rear cameras: 12MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS; 12MP, f/2.2, 65mm (telephoto), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2.5x optical zoom; 12MP, f/2.4, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/3.6"
Front cameras: 12MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6", SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Display: 6.7 inch Super Retina XDR OLED
Processor: A14 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

Reasons to buy

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Larger screen than 12 Pro
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Better camera than 12 Pro
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Better battery than 12 Pro

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

As the name suggests, the main difference between the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro is the larger screen, which is 6.7 inches in diameter to the latter's 6.1.  

The Max also has the better camera, well just. While both phones boast three 12MP (wide, ultrawide, and telephoto), the iPhone 12 Pro Max lets in more light thanks to its 47% larger wide sensor. That makes it much stronger in low light conditions. There's also a difference in focal length in the telephoto: f/2.2 to the Pro's f/2.0.

You can also expect better battery life in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. In most respects, though, the two cameras are virtually identical. So it's worth weighing up the price difference between them to decide which offers the most value to you.

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18. iPhone SE (2020)

The best cheap iPhone

Specifications

Release date: April 2020
Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
Weight: 148g
Rear camera: 12MP, f/1.8 (wide), PDAF, OIS
Front camera: 7MP, f/2.2
Display: 4.7 inch Retina IPS LCD
Processor: A13 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Low price
+
Covers the basics

Reasons to avoid

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Only one rear camera lens
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Slower processor

Want an iPhone, don't need it to be big, and don't have much money? Then the 2020 version of the iPhone SE is a pretty basic model that should fit the bill. 

It has a much smaller screen than the iPhone 12 or even iPhone 12 Mini at 4.7 inches. It has just 3GB of RAM compared to the 4GB in those models, and an older processor (A13 Bionic rather than A14). It doesn't support 5G. And its cameras are just a basic 12MP lens on the rear and 7MP on the front.

On the plus side, it has the same amount of storage. And at the end of the day, despite the compromises, you're still getting an iPhone for not a lot of money.

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19. iPhone 11 (2019)

An older iPhone with a lot to offer

Specifications

Release date: September 2019
Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
Weight: 194g
Rear cameras: 12MP 13mm f/2.4, 12MP 26mm f/1.8
Front camera: 12MP, f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
Display: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina (LCD)
Processor: A13 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Reasons to buy

+
Triple-lens camera
+
Value for money

Reasons to avoid

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No 5G support
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LCD not OLED screen

Given how much the world has changed since 2019, it can seem like a lifetime ago. But strictly speaking, the year the iPhone 11 was released wasn't that long ago. And this model now offers great value to anyone not needing the latest premium specs.

You won't get 5G connectivity, an OLED screen, a telephoto lens, or the latest processors. But what that leaves is still a very powerful phone. 

Casual photographers will be happy, thanks to a 12MP ultra wide sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 and a 120° field of view, plus a 12MP wide sensor, with an aperture of f/1.8. You also get 4K or 240fps video recording, and top-notch tools including Portrait mode, Focus Pixels, Smart HDR and optical image stabilisation. 

The 6.1-inch LED display is bright and crisp, with a decent resolution of 1,792 x 828, and Apple’s A13 Bionic processor does a good job of running everything smoothly. So while this isn't the newest or most powerful iPhone, it's still very much a contender for your money.

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This advanced model from 2019 is still worth considering

Specifications

Release date: September 2019
Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm
Weight: 188g
Rear cameras: 12MP 13mm f/2.4; 12MP 26mm f/1.8; 12MP 52mm f/2
Front camera: 12MP, f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
Display: 5.8 inch Super Retina XDR OLED
Processor: A13 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

Reasons to buy

+
Triple-lens camera
+
Generally high specs 

Reasons to avoid

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No 5G support
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Older processor

As one of the most advanced of Apple's 2019 phones, the iPhone 11 Pro still has a lot to offer. For photographers, there's a triple-sensor camera, each boasting 12MP. The standard lens offers a 26mm equivalent at f/1.8, the ultrawide provides 13mm at f/2.4, plus there's a telephoto lens giving 52mm at f/2.0. You also get Night mode for low-light shooting, smart HDR, and 4K video recording up to 60fps. 

The 12 Pro is better in low light, thanks to its LiDAR scanner and f/1.6 aperture. And the 11 Pro lacks support for the ProRAW file format or Dolby Vision video recording. But otherwise, photography-wise, they're not that different.

Elsewhere, the main things you're losing compared with the iPhone 12 Pro are 5G support, an older processor, and a slightly bigger display (6.1 inches in the 12 compared with 5.8 inches here). 

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A larger version of the iPhone 11 Pro, with a bigger battery

Specifications

Release date: September 2019
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Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm
Weight: 188g
Rear cameras: 12MP 13mm f/2.4, 12MP 26mm f/1.8, 12MP 52mm f/2
Front cameras: 12MP, f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
Display: 6.5 inch Super Retina XDR OLED
Processor: A13 Bionic
Storage options: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

Reasons to buy

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Large screen
+
Large battery

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than the 11 Pro
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Big screen may not suit

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has the same cameras, processor and operating system as the iPhone 11 Pro. The main difference is that it's bigger, with a 6.5 inch screen. It also has a larger battery, offering 3,969mAh to the iPhone 11's 3,046mAh.

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