The iPhone 11 is by no means the new kid on the block. Apple has been selling it since fall 2019, when it launched for $ 799. Right now, though, it’s available for $ 599 on Apple’s website, which makes for a tempting deal. In fact, that price might be all you need to hear to make up your mind. But what if you’re still wondering whether to buy the iPhone 11 now or wait for the expected iPhone 12 price drop in the fall? The short answer is, well, there is no short answer, because it will depend on your individual wants and needs, as well as how you prioritize them.
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For example, would you mind using an iPhone that feels a bit dated? Or do you think saving several hundred dollars is more important than carrying the latest smartphone? What about 5G? How important is that to you? If your current phone is on its deathbed, it makes sense to pay the $ 599 for the more expensive iPhone 11, or even the more expensive iPhone 12, rather than wait for the next launch in the fall. But if you have some leeway, here are some questions to ask yourself. (For the purposes of this article, I assume you are currently using an iPhone.)
5G connectivity: iPhone 11 does not have 5G. But do you really need it right now?
One of the biggest features missing from the iPhone 11 compared to the iPhone 12, and presumably the iPhone 13, is 5G connectivity. The iPhone 11 is an LTE-only device, and if you’re not interested in next-gen wireless technology yet (service is spotty in the US, after all), then the iPhone 11 should be right for you. Remember, 5G debuted in the iPhone 12 lineup, and getting access to faster 5G bands depends on where you live, opting for the iPhone 12 makes your purchase more future-proof.
Display quality – you won’t get a 120Hz refresh rate on an iPhone 11 (or iPhone 12)
The iPhone 11 uses a sharp LCD screen that updates at 60 frames per second or 60 Hz. Apple changed the iPhone 12, equipping it with an OLED screen, although it kept the screen at 60Hz like most phones. OLEDs are typically more vibrant than their LCD counterparts, with richer contrast and darker blacks. If you watch a lot of videos on your iPhone and want a superior viewing experience, an OLED screen might make more sense for you. The iPhone 13 will likely feature an OLED panel as well, although Apple is expected to increase the refresh rate to 120Hz. The faster refresh rate will translate into smoother and more agile scrolling through apps and websites.
Software support: How long will iOS software updates last for iPhone 11?
The 2015 iPhone 6S is currently the oldest supported iPhone to come with the upcoming operating system, iOS 15, when the general release arrives sometime in the fall. (The public beta of the upcoming iPhone operating system, iOS 15, is here, andBased on that and some quick mental calculations, we can deduce that Apple plans to provide iPhone support for up to six years from launch. As a result, with the iPhone 11, introduced in 2019, you can rest comfortably knowing that you can expect updates until 2025.
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Durability and water resistance: How durable do you want your iPhone to be?
One of the great improvements of the iPhone 12 is the material of its screen. Apple calls it “ceramic shield” glass. Manufactured by Corning, the ceramic protective glass that covers the phone screen is apparently harder than most metals. In fact, we can confirm that the ceramic shield of the iPhone 12 is resistant. Our drop tests of the iPhone 12 show that it protected the hardware from drops of up to 9 feet. (CNET’s iPhone 12 Mini drop tests returned similar results.) So if you’re a huge clumsy one and are prone to slips and falls, choosing this current iPhone is a smart move (or just get yourself a really nice iPhone case). Keep in mind, either. Also survived other and won a . You can read our iPhone 11 review for more details.
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Price and budget: How much do you want to spend on an iPhone?
Like I said earlier, Apple is selling the nearly two-year-old iPhone 11 for $ 200 less now than when it first launched. The iPhone 12 starts at $ 829, but you can expect the price to drop in the fall or. Although it’s too early to know for sure about iPhone 13 pricing, CNET has made some guesswork. It will most likely have the same starting prices as the iPhone 12. Depending on what the iPhone 13 turns out to be, getting a heavily discounted iPhone 12 may be a better option.