iPhone deals: October 20, 2020 updates

The talk of the town this week when it comes to iPhone deals is the newest iPhone 12, which was announced just last week. Right now you can jump on preorder deals to get the best price on the first 5G-capable iPhone.

Best iPhone deals right now

Best iPhone 12 deals

The first iPhone with 5G capability is finally here, with four different versions to choose from—iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Our favorite deal on the iPhone 12 right now is from T-Mobile who is offering up to $800 off the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro when you trade in an eligible iPhone. AT&T is also offering a nice discount—up to $800 off an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro when you trade in an eligible phone and choose an unlimited plan.

Both deals require that you buy the phone on monthly installments.

Best iPhone SE deals

The best iPhone deals right now include the various iPhone SE deals since the phone is already pretty cheap at full price. The only problem with these iPhone deals is that many carriers are selling out of these phones, with the iPhone SE flying off the shelves at under $400 a pop.

Best iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max deals

There are plenty of iPhone deals available for the 2019 models—the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Major carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon constantly have iPhone deals for these models with other prepaid carriers also offering some discounts and perks on outright purchases.

Best iPhone XS and XS Max deals

The best iPhone deals also include discounts off the iPhone XS and XS Max, which were released in 2018. If you’re lucky, you can get a great deal on these models with carriers trying to make room for new iPhones that are released each year.

Best iPhone XR deals

We’re seeing fewer iPhone deals on the first budget-friendly iPhone, the iPhone XR. Although this phone was one of the cheapest available for a while, with the release of the iPhone 11 and new iPhone SE (2020), the iPhone XR is no longer the best option for those wanting to save some money.

Other iPhone deals

If you’re looking for iPhone deals on older models, such as the iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 7, here are our picks of the best deals. Note that many carriers are out of stock of many older iPhone models so deals are rare right now.

Apple Keynote EventiPhones Generate the Most Google Search Volume, But Interest Is Declining

Apple iPhones are the most searched for devices on Google. However, online interest in them is slowing, as is interest in new phones from other manufacturers.

Google Trends data shows the iPhone wielding a commanding search lead over Android brands in 2018 and 2019. Samsung Galaxy phones represent Apple’s closest competition.

This is backed up by search statistics from LetsTalk’s sister site, WhistleOut. The iPhone 11 is currently the most searched for device there, followed by the iPhone XR. The most popular devices on the site at this time last year were the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 8.

Cell Phone Interest Over TimeOverall Interest in New Devices Declining

While iPhones are the most searched for handsets on Google, their popularity has plateaued over the last couple of years. This mirrors an overall cooling of consumer interest in new devices.

The finding isn’t a big surprise. More and more consumers are opting to hold onto their phones for longer periods of time as the cost of new devices—especially flagships like the iPhone 11—has risen, and their technological advancements have become increasingly modest.

More significant innovations like widespread 5G compatibility and foldable screens could change this, however. At present these technologies are still in relatively early stages of development and adoption.


We used Google Trends data since 2004 for four cell phone brands (Google Pixel, iPhone, Android, and Samsung Galaxy) to see how search interest has increased and decreased over time. We also analyzed search data from sister site WhistleOut.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]