iPhone comparison 2021: specs, prices, offers and more!

iPhone comparison 2021: specs, prices, offers and more!

Which are the current iPhones available and what's next? Which iPhone is the best for me, where can I buy one, or what are the best prices for the iPhone? And what's new in its software? Question after question, we hope to answer all of it for you in our iPhone overview.

All iPhones in 2021 compared:

  Regular model Mini iPhone Pro model (small) Pro model (large) Regular model (2020) Mini iPhone (2020) Regular Model (2019) Budget iPhone
Product
MSRP from $799 from $699 from $999 from $1,099 from $699 from $599 from $499 from $399
Image Apple iPhone 13 Apple iPhone 13 Mini Apple iPhone 13 Pro Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 11 Apple iPhone SE 2020
Technical Specifications 6.1 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 ppi)
Apple A15 Bionic, 5G
128 / 256 / 512 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra wide-angle
September 2021
5.4 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2340 x 1080 pixels (476 ppi)
Apple A15 Bionic, 5G
128 / 256 / 512 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra wide-angle
September 2021
6.1 inch, OLED, 120 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 ppi)
Apple A15 Bionic, 5G
128 / 256 / 512 GB / 1 TB ROM
Triple camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra-wide
12 megapixel telephoto camera
September 2021
6.7 inch, OLED, 120 Hz
2778 x 1284 pixels (458 ppi)
Apple A15 Bionic, 5G
128 / 256 / 512 GB / 1 TB ROM
Triple camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra-wide
12 megapixel telephoto camera
September 2021
6.1 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 ppi)
Apple A14 Bionic, 5G
64 / 128 / 256 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra wide-angle
October 2020
5.4 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2340 x 1080 pixels (476 ppi)
Apple A14 Bionic, 5G
64 / 128 / 256 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra wide-angle
October 2020
6.1 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
1792 x 828 pixels (326 ppi)
Apple A13 Bionic, 4G
64 / 128 / 256 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra wide-angle
September 2019
4.7 inch, LCD display, 60 Hz
1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)
Apple A13 Bionic, 4G
64 / 128 / 256 GB ROM
Single camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
April 2020
Ratings
Not yet reviewed
Not yet reviewed
Not yet reviewed
Not yet reviewed
Review
Review
Review
Review
Offers*
  • Pre-order: from 17.09.
  • Available: from 24.09.
  • Pre-order: from 17.09.
  • Available: from 24.09.
  • Pre-order: from 17.09.
  • Available: from 24.09.
  • Pre-order: from 17.09.
  • Available: from 24.09.

On September 14, Apple unveiled the brand new iPhone 13 range. Included once again are the two professional models, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Just as well in 2021, there is once again a particularly small model for easy one-handed use, the iPhone 13 mini. As usual, Apple also retains its older models in the catalog. In the coming months, these are the previous models that you can still purchase: the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 11, and the iPhone SE (2020).

Below are the different iPhone models presented in detail. Use the links in the table of contents to check out the specific handset that you are interested in. You can also find a daily price comparison of the different iPhones here.

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Below are all the current iPhone models available for purchase in detail. In addition, you'll also be able to find links to cheap prices and the best available deals (where applicable) for your favorite iPhone in the comparison tables. Let's begin with the current iPhone Pro models.

iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max: from  $999 to $1,599

  Pro model (small) Pro model (large)
Product
MSRP from $999 from $1,099
Image Apple iPhone 13 Pro Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Technical specifications 6.1 inch, OLED, 120 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 ppi)
Apple A15 Bionic, 5G
128 / 256 / 512 GB / 1 TB ROM
Triple camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra-wide
12 megapixel telephoto camera
September 2021
6.7 inch, OLED, 120 Hz
2778 x 1284 pixels (458 ppi)
Apple A15 Bionic, 5G
128 / 256 / 512 GB / 1 TB ROM
Triple camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra-wide
12 megapixel telephoto camera
September 2021
Pros
  • Not yet reviewed
  • Not yet reviewed
Cons
  • Not yet reviewed
  • Not yet reviewed

Ratings

Not yet reviewed
Not yet reviewed
Offers*
  • Pre-order: from 17.09.
  • Available: from 24.09.
  • Pre-order: from 17.09.
  • Available: from 24.09.

In the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple packed everything including the kitchen sink. This year, there are no differences between the two Pro models apart from the display size and battery capacity. Of course, everything else that is underneath the hood, which you will also find in the "normal" iPhone 13 models, include the Apple A15 Bionic chipset with 5G support, FaceID, MagSafe support, and an IP68 certified chassis.

When it comes to mobile games, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have a few extras up their sleeves: The GPU has been upgraded with the inclusion of an additional processing core. And the OLED screens now manage refresh rates of up to 120 Hz. iOS 15 will dynamically adjust the refresh rate depending on the displayed content to save battery. Speaking of battery life, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max's battery life is said to have improved by 1.5 and 2.5 hours, respectively, compared to their respective predecessors.

iPhone Keynote 64
Just like in 2020, there's a triple camera module again on the Pro models. iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have only two cameras at the back / © Apple / Screenshot: NextPit

The Pro models also offer more capability in terms of cameras. The most obvious here would be the additional telephoto lens, which now offers a triple optical zoom feature and has an optical image stabilizer on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Alongside this, though, there are also larger sensors on the main camera, which should further improve image quality especially in low light conditions. ProRAW support and a LiDAR sensor are also found only in the Pro models.

For the launch of the new iPhone 13 series on September 24, you can find a price comparison chart here, which shows you the cheapest deals for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. If you want to buy the smartphones, check back once again in due time.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini: from $699 to $1,099

  Regular iPhone Mini iPhone
Product
MSRP from $799 from $699
Image Apple iPhone 13 Apple iPhone 13 Mini
Technical specifications 6.1 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 ppi)
Apple A15 Bionic, 5G
128 / 256 / 512 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra wide-angle
September 2021
5.4 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2340 x 1080 pixels (476 ppi)
Apple A15 Bionic, 5G
128 / 256 / 512 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra wide-angle
September 2021
Advantages
  • Not yet reviewed
  • Not yet reviewed
Disadvantages
  • Not yet reviewed
  • Not yet reviewed
Rating
Not yet reviewed
Not yet reviewed
Offers*
  • Pre-order: from 17.09.
  • Available: from 24.09.
  • Pre-order: from 17.09.
  • Available: from 24.09.

On paper, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are "small" iPhones. But in reality, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini hardly have to cower behind the Pro models. Equipped with the Apple A15 Bionic chipset, making them on par with the Pro series in terms of processing power, while the screens should be great to look at again thanks to HDR support, TrueTone, and OLED technology. Unlike the Pro models, however, the refresh rate is limited to jtsu 60 Hz which is positively archaic in this day and age.

iPhone Keynote 77
The notch has become approximately 20 percent narrower on all four iPhone 13 devices / © Apple / Screenshot: NextPit

Buyers of the non-Pro models have to do without the telephoto lens. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini come with the new Cinematic Mode, which allows video recordings to achieve better depth of field. The smartphone can either adjust the focus for you or you can adjust it yourself with a tap on the display. The focus point can even be set once recording begins.

As soon as the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are available, we will show you a price comparison with the cheapest deals here.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini: from 679 to 969 euros

  Regular iPhone (2020) Mini iPhone (2020)
Product
MSRP from $699 from $599
Image Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Technical specifications 6.1 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2532 x 1170 pixels (460 ppi)
Apple A14 Bionic, 5G
64 / 128 / 256 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide angle
12 megapixel ultra wide angle
October 2020
5.4 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
2340 x 1080 pixels (476 ppi)
Apple A14 Bionic, 5G
64 / 128 / 256 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide angle
12 megapixel ultra wide angle
October 2020
Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Very adaptable
  • Powerful camera even for the basic model
  • Compact form factor
  • A14 Bionic SoC
  • Good camera performance
  • Highly customizable software
Cons
  • Slow wireless charging
  • 64GB model is too little memory
  • Poor battery life
  • Wireless charging at 12 watts
  • 64GB in 2020 not enough memory
Rating
Review
Review
Offers* Check Price Check Price

Traditionally, Apple also offers older models at lower prices in addition to the current generation iPhones. In the US, you can still officially buy the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini from the iPhone 12 series at Apple, while saving some money along the way if you are OK with not having the latest and the greatest.

For the vast majority of users, the Apple A14 Bionic from last year should still offer enough processing power while having 5G support being another plus point for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. Last year's models "only" offer 30 fps for 4K video recording, while the new Cinematic Mode is not available despite being updated to iOS 15.

NextPit iPhone 12 Mini camera
On the iPhone 12, the two cameras are arranged on top of each other / © NextPit

But even if the two camera modules are a sensor generation older and rely on optical instead of mechanical image stabilization: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini also offer great image quality and can keep up with most smartphones. You just have to make do without the telesensor.

iPhone 11 and iPhone SE (2020): from $399 to $499

  Editor's recommendation Bargain purchase
Product
MSRP from $499 from $399
Image Apple iPhone 11 Apple iPhone SE 2020
Technical specifications 6.1 inch, OLED, 60 Hz
1792 x 828 pixels (326 ppi)
Apple A13 Bionic, 4G
64 / 128 / 256 GB ROM
Dual camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
12 megapixel ultra wide-angle
September 2019
4.7-inch, LCD, 60 Hz
1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)
Apple A13 Bionic, 4G
64 / 128 / 256 GB ROM
Single camera
12 megapixel wide-angle
April 2020
Pros
  • Build quality
  • Software updates
  • Performance
  • Camera
  • Battery life
  • Powerful processor
  • Physical Home button
  • Bokeh effects for both cameras
  • Cheapest iPhone ever
Cons
  • Old-fashioned design
  • 5-watt charger
  • No USB-C support
  • Entry-level 64GB memory is insufficient
  • LCD display is outdated
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Portrait mode works only for humans
Rating
Review
Review
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The two new entry-level smartphones in Apple's lineup right now are the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE (2020). Both smartphones come with the best SoC of its generation, the Apple A13 Bionic chipset. While this chipset might be a bit older than the newer ones, but it supports most of the new features of iOS 15, which leaves computing power as the main drawback. However, users who do not always play the latest games should still be able to manage well with the A13 Bionic SoC.

However, both the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE lack 5G support. The iPhone 11 has the same dual-camera setup as the newer iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, and despite having older sensors, it offers a Night Mode including Deep Fusion. The iPhone SE has only a single 12-megapixel camera with no dedicated Night Mode.

AndroidPIT iphone se vs iphone 11
The iPhone SE (left) still has a home button below the display. Also, unlike the iPhone 11 (right), it's only IP67 certified and not IP68 / © Apple, assembly: NextPit

As you can see in the price comparison to the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE (2020), you can even save quite a bit compared to Apple's recommended retail price. With a little luck and patience, you can get the iPhone SE below the MSRP.

iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max: Exciting alternatives

  Editor's recommendation Value-for-money
Product
Image Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Very bright display
  • Night mode for front-facing and ultra-wide-angle camera
  • Fast processor
  • Great design and display
  • Good battery life
  • Great camera system including night mode
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • No power adapter included
  • Expensive
  • Average battery life
  • Extremely expensive, especially for the large storage capacity model
  • No power adapter included

Rating

Review
Net yet reviewed
Offers*

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Even though the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have disappeared from Apple's website, you can still buy the two smartphones on various online shops and retailers. With their features, the two Pro models are still competitive smartphones even in the fall of 2021.

NextPit iPhone 12 Pro camera
The iPhone 12 Pro is still equipped with one of the best smartphone cameras in 2021 / © NextPit

In the coming weeks and months, we expect prices to fall as various vendors prepare to get rid of their existing inventory. So a look at the price comparison may be worthwhile in snagging a bargain.

iOS 15

In June 2021, we got a first look at iOS 15 during WWDC. This September 20, Apple will begin the official rollout of the final version of the mobile operating system. At first glance, it is primarily cosmetic changes. The Safari browser receives a facelift, notifications look different, and can be better managed with the help of the Focus feature. And of course, mindfulness is still a big issue.

However, there are more innovations in terms of security and privacy. Paying iCloud customers can jump aboard the "iCloud+" subscription at no extra charge and get all sorts of additional services, such as location and IP obfuscation Private Relay. And Siri no longer sends voice recordings around the globe, instead it processes requests locally on your device. Read more details about iOS 15 in the article below:

Next generation: iPhone 14

What's next after the iPhone 13? Why, the iPhone 14, of course! Even before the launch of the iPhone 13, rumors about its successor have already begun to make its rounds. According to these rumors, the iPhone 14 will be available with a titanium case while ditching the notch and camera bump. That sounds like a more Pro version of the Pro model, of which we might even see a smartphone pass the $2,000 mark for the first time. After all, the out-of-the-box iPhone 13 Pro Max isn't too far off at $1,599.

Previous iPhone models

With which iPhone generation was Touch ID introduced? When did Apple retire the headphone jack? And when did Antennagate happen? Join us on a journey through the iPhone's past in an overview of the iPhone's history below:

Apple iPhone: model overview

Year Models Highlights
2022 iPhone 14*
  • Not yet unveiled.
2021 iPhone 13
iPhone 13 mini
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • 120Hz display on Pro models.
  • Smart bokeh mode for video capture.
  • Up to 1 TB of storage on Pro models.
2020
iPhone 12
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • All models offer 5G support.
  • All models equipped with OLED displays.
  • Magsafe standard introduced.
  • First "mini" model.
2020 iPhone SE (2020)
  • Relaunched 2016 SE model with an updated version.
  • iPhone 8-inspired design with TouchID.
  • Shares most of the iPhone 11's technology, including the SoC.
2019
iPhone 11
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Pro model revealed for the very first time.
  • Ultra wide-angle cameras in all models.
  • NightSight night mode included.
  • Charger and headphones no longer included with each purchase.
2018 iPhone XR
iPhone XS
iPhone XS Max
  • Entire range sports a new design.
  • iPhone XS and XS Max sport dual cameras.
  • First iPhones to feature the new U1 chip.
2017 iPhone X
iPhone 8
iPhone 8 Plus
  • Glass back and wireless charging support.
  • iPhone X to feature "borderless" OLED display.
  • FaceID replaces TouchID (iPhone X).
  • First iPhones equipped with True Tone display.
  • "Bionic" chip used for the first time.
2016 iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus
  • No more 3.5mm jack port.
  • Splashproof certification.
  • Dual camera for bokeh (iPhone 7 Plus).
  • A10 Fusion SoC powers the smartphone.
2016 iPhone SE
  • The first SE model!
  • Shares design and dimensions from iPhone 5s.
  • Mainly includes technology from the iPhone 6s.
2015 iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
  • 3D Touch display.
  • 4K video recording supported for the very first time.
  • 12-megapixel camera.
  • Rose gold color variant.
2014 iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
  • One iPhone with two display sizes (4.7- and 5.5-inches).
  • NFC module and Apple Pay (U.S. only).
  • Bend-gate affair.
2013 iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c
  • Two iPhone models introduced for the very first time.
  • Introduction of Touch ID (on the iPhone 5s only).
  • Slow motion mode & TrueTone flash (iPhone 5s only).
  • iPhone 5c is the iPhone 5s lite: unpopular plastic back armed with iPhone 5 technology.
2012 iPhone 5
  • First iPhone released with Lightning port.
  • LTE support.
  • New "EarPods" included.
  • Switched to Nano-SIM.
2011 iPhone 4s
  • First iPhone with Siri virtual assistant.
  • Better antenna design.
  • Full HD video recording.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot feature.
2010 iPhone 4
  • Completely new design.
  • Retina display.
  • Selfie camera.
  • Antenna-gate ("You're holding it wrong!").
2009 iPhone 3GS
  • Better camera (3 megapixels).
  • Improved video recording capability (480p @ 30 fps).
  • Faster CPU (ARM Cortex A8 @ 600 MHz).
  • Integrated compass.
2008 iPhone 3G
  • Mobile Internet via UMTS.
  • GPS.
2007 iPhone
  • The first iPhone!.
  • Capacitive touch screen display.
  • Introduction of apps and the Apple App Store.

*Predicted - Apple probably won't unveil the iPhone 14 series until the fall of 2022. We may still see a new iPhone SE along the way.

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