iPhone Buyer's Guides October 2021

Our iPhone buyer's guide helps answer the questions you need to know before buying.

iPhone 13

Apple launched the iPhone 13 in September 2021, alongside the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 is Apple’s mainstream option, delivering many of the same features found on the iPhone 13 Pro at a more affordable price point. Like its stablemates, the iPhone 13 is powered by the 6-core A15 Bionic chip. The iPhone 13 also features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display and a dual 12MP camera setup with sensor-shift image stabilization, and wide-angle and ultrawide lenses. The iPhone 13 camera also supports advanced software features such as Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Cinematic Mode with rack focus.

iPhone 13 Mini

The iPhone 13 Mini was unveiled in September 2021 as a smaller and lighter version of the mainstream iPhone 13. As its name suggests, the iPhone 13 Mini features a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display and weighs in at just 141g. The iPhone 13 Mini’s dimensions make it a great option for people with smaller hands or anyone looking for a more pocket-friendly iPhone. Like its bigger brother, the iPhone 13 Mini is powered by the 6-core A15 Bionic chip and features dual 12MP cameras with wide-angle and ultrawide lenses.

iPhone 13 Pro

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The iPhone 13 Pro was launched in September 2021 as a premium alternative to the mainstream iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 Pro is built around Apple’s 6-core A15 Bionic Chip, which is capable of powering through even the most demanding games and apps without a hint of slowdown. Similar to the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED screen. But unlike the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro display features Pro Motion technology with a 120 Hz high refresh rate for smoother motion. The iPhone 13 Pro also upgrades camera capabilities with a triple 12MP camera setup consisting of wide-angle, ultrawide, and telephoto lenses. The iPhone 13 Pro camera offers advanced features such as sensor-shift image stabilization, Smart HDR 4, Cinematic Mode with rack focus, and Apple ProRes support.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Apple released the iPhone 13 Pro Max in September 2021 for consumers looking for a flagship device that bridges the gap between smartphone and tablet. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is powered by the 6-core Apple A15 Bionic chip, backed by 6GB of RAM, and it features a large 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. The iPhone 13 Pro Max also features Pro Motion display technology with a 120 Hz high refresh rate, delivering a smoother experience when gaming, browsing the web, and scrolling through apps. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is also a great camera due to its advanced computational photography tools and triple 12MP camera array with ultrawide, wide-angle, and telephoto lenses.

iPhone 12 Mini

Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 Mini during their virtual event on October 13th. The smallest iPhone in their 2020 lineup, the iPhone 12 Mini is equipped with all the same features as the larger iPhone 12, only it comes in a much more compact form factor that's roughly the size of the iPhone 7. The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4-inch OLED display, 5G, better drop protection, improved water resistance, MagSafe magnetic charging, and is powered by the same A14 Bionic chip as its more premium siblings. As for the camera, you’ll find a primary wide and secondary ultra-wide cameras on the back, along with the lastest features like Portrait mode, Night Mode, Smart HDR 3, and the ability to record Dolby Vision HDR video.

iPhone 12

Apple introduced the iPhone 12 in October 2020 alongside the smaller iPhone 12 Mini and more premium iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. The iPhone 12 is a direct followup to the previous generation iPhone 11, but ups the ante with a fresh new design and an OLED display panel. Other noteworthy features include the addition of 5G network support, stronger glass that’s less prone to breaking, improved water resistance up to 6 meters, faster A14 processor, Smart HDR 3, Dolby Vision HDR video recording, MagSafe magnetic charging, and more.

iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro was announced in October 2020 as a followup to the previous year's iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro screen size is slightly larger than its predecessor, up now to 6.1-inches (same size as the regular iPhone 12 model). Inside the phone is powered by an A14 Bionic chip and for the first time ever, now features 6GB of RAM. Along with updated internals, Apple introduced a new design with flat, stainless steel sides more reminiscent of the iPhone 4 or 5. The camera also received several new features, like Night Mode which now works on all 4 cameras and with portraits thanks to the LiDAR scanner. The iPhone 12 Pro also can record Dolby Vision HDR, and features 15W MagSafe magnetic charging.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the highest-end model in Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup. It was officially unveiled during Apple’s October virtual launch event, showing off a brand-new design with a flat, stainless steel frame and all new Pacific Blue color option. The size of the screen was increased, outfitted with a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display. Inside, the 12 Pro Max is powered by Apple’s A14 chip and 6GB of RAM, a first for the iPhone. Unlike the smaller iPhone 12 Pro, the 12 Pro Max primary camera features a larger image sensor with built-in stabilization. When coupled with the LiDAR scanner for improved autofocus in lower lighting conditions, the iPhone 12 Pro Max delivers superior lowlight photos, enabling Night Mode in all four cameras (even portraits). With 5G, Dolby Vision HDR capture, improved water resistance, 15W MagSafe magnetic charging, and more, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is simply the best fourteenth generation iPhone you can buy — hands down.

iPhone 11

The Apple iPhone 11 was released in September 2019. Despite being the affordable 11th generation iPhone, it’s still quite a premium device. At its heart, the iPhone 11 is powered by the same A13 Bionic chip with machine learning as its bigger brothers, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Camera capabilities are also great thanks to a dual rear camera with 4k 60 fps video recording and night mode. And all those pictures and videos are sure to look great when viewed on the vibrant 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display.

iPhone 11 Pro

The iPhone 11 Pro is Apple’s 11th generation flagship phone. Released in September 2019, the iPhone 11 Pro is a technological powerhouse that brings together some of the best that Apple has to offer. The first thing you’ll notice on the iPhone 11 Pro is the 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR OLED, with support for TrueTone and up to 1200 nits peak brightness. Under the hood, we have the blazing fast A13 Bionic chip, backed by 4GB RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. The iPhone 11 Pro also offers IP68 water and dust resistance and a powerful 12MP triple-camera setup with wide, ultra wide, and telephoto cameras.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Launched in September 2019, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is the plus-size flagship for the 11th generation of iPhones. The iPhone 11 Pro Max sports a massive 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED at an incredibly crisp 458ppi. Powering the display, we have an A13 Bionic chip, 4GB RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. Camera performance is also stellar, thanks to automatic night mode and a 12MP triple camera setup with a wide angle, ultra wide angle, and telephoto cameras. All of these features are bundled inside a handsome device that is available in your choice of Space Gray, Silver, Gold, or Midnight Green.

iPhone SE 2nd Gen

The iPhone SE (2nd gen) was launched April 15, 2020, and is the smallest and most budget-friendly member of the 13th generation iPhone family. The new iPhone SE 2 offers many of the same internal specifications as the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, but at a lower cost and with an exterior resembling the iPhone 8. The iPhone SE 2 is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic processor, and is available with up to 256GB of internal storage. It features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone, a 12MP f/1.8 camera with optical image stabilization, and IP67 certification for water and dust resistance.

iPhone Xr

Apple released the iPhone Xr, featuring a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display and A12 Bionic chip, in October 2018. The iPhone Xr arrived with six color options (Black, White, Blue, Yellow, Coral, Red) and with three storage options (64GB, 128GB, 256GB). Other features of the iPhone Xr included a 12MP rear camera and a 7MP front TrueDepth camera with Animoji and Memoji. The iPhone Xr also had a battery life of up to 1.5 hours longer than previous models, wireless charging, and a fast charge that was capable of giving up to 50% charge in 30 minutes.

iPhone Xs

The iPhone Xs was released in October 2018, and brought features to include a 5.85-inch Super Retina display and was powered by the Apple A12 Bionic chip. Storage options for the iPhone Xs included 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB, and the phone was available in three colors: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. The iPhone Xs also had an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The camera features include a 7MP front-facing camera and a 12MP rear-facing camera. Both the front and rear-camera included Smart HDR.

iPhone Xs Max

Apple released the iPhone Xs Max in October 2018. The iPhone Xs Max was part of the 12th generation of the iPhone and was released with 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options and colors to include Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Other features of the iPhone Xs Max include an Apple A12 Bionic chip with a next-generation Neural Engine and a 6.5-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2688 x 1242. The iPhone Xs Max also had an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and supported dual SIM with a regular nano-SIM and eSIM setup.

iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 was released in September 2017, and is Apple’s 11th generation mainstream phone. The iPhone 8 retains the same overall design as its predecessor, while refreshing the internals with the speedy A11 Bionic chip. This is paired with 2GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. In addition to the spec bump, the iPhone 8 also supports fast charging and wireless charging, as well as an updated 4.7-inch True Tone display that uses the ambient light sensor to make automatic adjustments to screen calibration.

iPhone 8 Plus

Released in September 2017, the iPhone 8 Plus is Apple’s plus-size 11th generation mainstream phone. Although similar in appearance to its predecessor, the iPhone 8 Plus bumps internal specs with the A11 Bionic chip, backed by 3GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The iPhone 8 has a large 2961mAh battery, giving it all-day battery life, and it supports both wireless charging and fast charging. The iPhone 8 features an updated 5.5-inch True Tone display that automatically adjusts screen calibration to match lighting conditions. The iPhone 8 is also a fantastic camera, thanks to its 7MP front and dual 12MP rear cameras that offer new features such as Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and 4k Ultra HD video recording at up to 60 fps.

iPhone X

Released in November 2017, the iPhone X was Apple’s 11th generation flagship phone. In addition to a spec bump to the A11 Bionic processor, the iPhone X was the first iPhone to ditch the physical home button in favor of gesture navigation. This made room for the nearly all-screen front face, dominated by a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD OLED screen at 2436x1125 resolution and 458ppi. The front also houses a TrueDepth camera, which enables secure Face ID authentication for unlocking your device and making mobile purchases. And being an iPhone, the 7MP front and dual 12MP rear cameras produce exceptional images, while offering new features such as Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting.

iPhone 7

Apple originally released the iPhone 7 in September 2016. The iPhone 7 kept the same overall design of the iPhone 6, however, it was offered with new color options to include matte black and glossy jet black. The iPhone 7 featured the Apple A10 Fusion chip, had storage options of 32GB, 128GB or 256GB, and had a 7MP camera on the front and a 12MP camera on the back that could record 4k at 30FPS, 1080p at 30 or 60FPS, and slow-motion videos in 1080p or 720p. The iPhone 7 fingerprint sensor was switched from a physical button to a capacitive button. The iPhone 7 was also the first iPhone without the 3.5mm headphone jack.

iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus was released in September 2016 as part of the tenth-generation of the iPhone. This model featured the Apple A10 Fusion chip, which was quad-core with two low power and two high power cores, with only two being used at any time. The iPhone 7 Plus had a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and storage options included 32GB and 128GB, along with a new 256GB option. The iPhone 7 Plus also featured stereo speakers, an IP67 rating, and had a new dual 12MP rear camera setup with a telephoto lens. The iPhone 7 Plus was also the first iPhone to ship without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

iPhone 6S

Apple released the iPhone 6S in September 2015. The iPhone 6S arrived with the same overall look of the iPhone 6, which includes an aluminum exterior design and a 4.7-inch Retina HD display. The iPhone 6 was available in Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and a new Rose Gold color option. The 2015 release of the iPhone 6S had options for 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage. Apple later dropped the 16GB and 64GB options and added a 32GB storage option with a 2016 re-release. The iPhone 6S, along with the 6S Plus and SE, was the last to include a 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone 6S was released with iOS 9 which included 3D Touch and a new camera feature called Live Photos.

iPhone 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S Plus was released in September 2015 as part of the ninth-generation of the iPhone. The iPhone 6S Plus featured an aluminum exterior design and kept the unofficial phablet branding due to the larger 5.5-inch display. The 6S Plus featured the Apple A9 chip along with an 8MP front-facing camera and 12MP rear-facing camera with an optical image stabilizer, continuos autofocus, a sapphire crystal lens cover, and capability of recording 4K video. The iPhone 6S Plus was also the last generation of the iPhone to include the 3.5mm headphone jack.

iPhone SE

Apple originally released the iPhone SE in 2016, and updated the device a year later, in 2017. The iPhone SE featured an overall small form factor with a 4-inch display and shared the exterior design found on the iPhone 5 and 5S. The 2016 release of the iPhone SE offered storage options of 16GB and 64GB, while the 2017 release offered 32GB and 128GB storage options. The iPhone SE, along with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, was the last to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone SE also had Touch ID and a 12MP rear-facing camera that could record 4k videos at 30FPS.

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 was released in September 2014 and ushered in a new anodized aluminum design for the iPhone. As part of the new design, the iPhone 6 featured a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with a resolution of 1334 x 750. The initial 2014 release of the iPhone 6 offered storage options of 16GB, 64GB or 128GB. Apple later re-released the iPhone 6 in 2017 as a 32GB model. The iPhone 6 also featured improved WiFi with support for 802.11ac and LTE with support for over 20 different LTE bands as well as a 1.2MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing camera with True Tone Flash that was capable of recording HD video at 1080p and slow-motion video at 720p.

iPhone 6 Plus

Released in September 2014, the iPhone 6 Plus was part of the eight-generation of the iPhone and featured the anodized aluminum exterior design. The iPhone 6 Plus was the first in the “Plus” series of iPhone models, which placed it in the phablet category of phones. The larger size allowed for a larger battery, which lead to an increase in battery life. The iPhone 6 Plus had a 5.5-inch Retina HD display, included Touch ID, and was available in three colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold. Other features of the iPhone 6 Plus included a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and an 8MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and the ability to record 1080p video.

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