If you are looking for the best new iPhone to buy, I have come up with a list that you can use as a guide for your shopping. Apple released three new iPhone models late last year and they are the latest iPhone models available in the market. Which is the best for you, and are there other alternatives for you to consider?
Later towards the end of each year, Apple will announce this year’s line-up. You can choose to wait till then to buy your next iPhone, so you get the laterst and the greatest for the year. But if that is too long a period to wait for, the best new iPhone available for you right now is one of the existing models in the market.
The Best New iPhone to Buy in 2022
If money is not an objection, the best new iPhone to buy in 2022 is the 13 Pro Max. No objections. It is almost a flawless smartphone. Take everything good that you have known about every iPhone model and then add excellent battery life to the mix, and what do you have? The perfect iPhone. This is the one to buy.
You are only permitted to consider other models if money is a factor and you are on a budget. In which case, pick any of the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, and iPhone SE 5G, depending on your financial capability. You won’t get great battery life from any of those others, though.
The Best New iPhone To Buy In 2020
Take all of the power of the iPhone 11 Pro Max and put it in the body of the iPhone 8, and you have the most powerful iPhone in 2020 – Apple iPhone SE 2020. It uses the same A13 Bionic chipset and Apple GPU. It even one-ups the iPhone 11 series with a feature that they do not have: they do not have a fingerprint scanner. The iPhone SE 2020 does.
If you can stand the dated look with huge bezels at the top and bottom, this is a steal with prices starting from $399. That is serious value for money. We call it the best new iPhone you can buy in the year of our Lord 2020.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
If you have money to spend and you are in tune with the fad of going for the biggest and baddest, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is easilly the best new iPhone you can buy in 2020. Not only is it big and powerful, it is also the best Apple camera phone available right now. While it doesn’t measure up to its challengers from Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi any more, it is still a top camera phone and will produce superb photos for use on social media or for even professiona use.
The 11 Pro Max will set you back by over $1,099 (about ₦640,000). If you would rather spend a little less that that, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 are available for a few hundred dollars less a piece.
Apple iPhone XS Max
If you are not particular about the camera, 2018’s lineup of Apple phones are available with most of the features that you would get from the iPhone 11 series. That means taking a look at the iPhone XS Max. It has the same screen size of 6.5 inches, 4GB RAM and 512GB storage. The battery is smaller, and the chipset is older, though still quite powerful.
You can buy a renewed unit unlocked for as low as $580 from Amazon or a brand new one from a carrier for as much as $999.
Apple iPhone XR
The iPhone XR was the best selling iPhone of 2018 in the United States for a reason. But it did more than that: it also became the best-selling iPhone of 2019 (source). The good news is that it is still a very up-to-date modern smartphone, bringing the best of the XS and XS Max to you at a more affordable price.
Hpw much does the iPhone XR cost now? From $600 to $650, depending on the configuration you are interested in.
Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
For anything from $450 and $550, you can get your hands on the base variants of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus respectively. They are quite dated now, considering that they were released in 2017. They also have that old-school iPhone design with a Home button.
If you don’t mind not having the trendy new FullView/Bezelless displays that modern smartphones feature, these two models are bargain buys now. In terms of software, you miss little, as they still get the latest iOS updates from Apple.
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Why are iPhones so damn expensive?! If you are further pressed for cash, you can get the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. They are not widely available any more, but you just might find one. Renewed units are available on Amazon for as low as $200 though.
I do not advice buying anything older than the iPhone 7, except of course, you are really, realy, really pressed for cash and want ot hunt for the last existing units of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But honestly, that’s going too far down the road just to own an iPhone. You just might be better off with a mid-range Android smartphone than going down that road.
Don’t shoot me. I am only trying to help you keep up. You are looking for the best new iPhone you can buy after all, not the best dinosaur iPhone.
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