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Best iPhone (2020): Which Model Should You Actually Buy?

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Below is our complete iPhone buying guide with our pick for the best iPhone, and some of the strengths and weaknesses of all the rest.Updated February 2020: We've updated some links and pricing, and added advice on a new iPhone rumored to be coming soon.Be sure to check out our guides to the Best iPhone 11 Deals, Best iPads, Best MacBooks, and Best Android Phones.Yes, the new iPhone 11 is a little faster, gets an extra hour of battery life, and has a second rear camera for wide-angle shots, but are those features worth $100 to you? Apple says the battery in these Pro phones will last "up to four hours longer" than the iPhone XS, the 2018 luxury iPhone they replace.Word to the wise: The smaller version is probably big enough, and if you're spending this much, spend a little more to get at least 128 GB of storage space.If you care more about ease of use than big edge-to-edge displays, consider an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus (8/10, WIRED Recommends). To top it off, the processing power and cameras are still good enough to serve you well for a couple of years—the iPhone 6S, for example, came out in 2015 yet it still got the latest update to iOS 13.Apple completely canceled the 2018 luxury iPhone XS and XS Max, but like the iPhone XR, they're still just fine to buy (8/10, WIRED Recommends). The X has a slower processor than the new iPhone 11 models, but everything else is good enough, and the OLED display looks very good.You should probably opt for an iPhone XR, XS, or iPhone 11 instead, but you can find this one for less than $500 (refurbished).The iPhone 7, 6S, SE, and every older iPhone that came before them are probably available somewhere, but you shouldn't take the bait. The good news is there are reports (aka leaks) that Apple is about to unveil a follow-up to the iPhone SE, so if you absolutely want the smallest possible iPhone, I recommend waiting a month or two to see if the rumors prove true.No one wants to be "that person" who bought an expensive iPhone right before the new one came out. At a rumored $400 price tag, it will likely be the iPhone for people that are anti-Face ID and big-screened phones.But if you want a bigger phone with the latest bells and whistles, then it's a great time to buy any of the phones we recommend above, as Apple likely won't update its core range until September 2020.

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