iPhone 13 pre-orders are now live – here are our top deals for saving some cash
The big day is here! iPhone 13 deals are officially available to pre-order at a number of leading carriers and Apple itself. With a number of excellent internal upgrades these new devices are sure to be popular – especially since the best iPhone 13 deals can actually score you a device on the house if you’re lucky. As always, big trade-in rebates are the way to go if you’re getting your phone via Verizon, AT&T, or Apple. Walmart also has a nifty $100 pre-order bonus saving on all devices right now that’s a great choice too if you’re not looking to trade. IPHONE 13 DEALS: QUICK LINKS
The iPhone 13 comes in at an introductory price of $799 – exactly the same as last year’s iPhone 12 and looks to directly replace it as the new ‘standard’ flagship device from Apple. On the surface, it’s strikingly similar to last year’s iteration with the same fetching ‘squared-off’ edges and somewhat blocky aesthetic. That said, there’s a number of high-end internal improvements that look to justify that fairly high introductory asking price.
First up is the inclusion of the latest Apple A15 Bionic chip; a hefty processor that’s easily the most powerful yet from the Cupertino giant. Screen, battery, and a number of camera improvements also mean you’re not simply getting a carbon copy of the iPhone 12 here – it’s quite simply a refinement of an already outstanding device with plenty more power under the hood.
That said, the lower $599 asking price of the iPhone 12 is going to offer a very, very compelling alternative for those who want to forgo a few bells and whistles to save some cash. If you already have an iPhone 12 or 11, it’s definitely worth the upgrade, however – especially since this week’s iPhone 13 deals are especially good if you’re willing to trade in one of these slightly older devices. Just below you can see our top picks for the initial launch of this device, alongside a much more detailed breakdown of this device’s specs and a handy mini-review.
IPHONE 13 DEALS FOR PRE-ORDER
Apple iPhone 13: save up to $800 with trade-in, plus $500 with a switch at Verizon
Verizon’s iPhone 13 deals are now live and they’re fantastic for both existing and new customers. A trade-in rebate of up to $800 applies regardless of whether you’re getting a new line or simply just upgrading. Both are enough to score a device for free. That said, if you are coming over from another carrier you’ll score an additional $500 in account credit – another fantastic saving that can be used on both device and plan costs.
Total cost: $0 (w/ trade) | Monthly cost: $0 (24 mo)VIEW DEAL
Apple iPhone 13: save up to $800 with trade-in and new unlimited plan at AT&T
AT&T initially posted their iPhone 13 deals with a maximum saving of up to $700 but it’s subsequently increased it up to $800. That means you can now bag yourself an iPhone 13 for free with a new unlimited data plan at AT&T. Also available is a $200 saving on the Apple Watch Series 7 when you buy two iPhone 13 devices – a nice little bonus promotion that the carrier has thrown in for launch.
Total cost: $99 | Monthly cost: $3.33 (30 mo)VIEW DEAL
Apple iPhone 13:
$799 $9 with eligible trade-in at Apple
Apple’s going to be the top destination for all unlocked iPhone 13 deals at launch – especially since its official trade-in program is offering a whopping maximum rebate of up to $790 right now. That’s the highest saving we’ve ever seen from this retailer and quite simply a fantastic option if you’ve got that older iPhone on your desk that’s ready to be traded in.
Total cost: $9 (maximum saving)VIEW DEAL
Apple iPhone 13: $200 gift card, plus free HomePod Mini with switch at Visible
Visible’s iPhone 13 deals won’t be available for a few days yet, but it’s definitely worth considering if you’re not looking to make a trade. This excellent prepaid carrier offers unlimited 5G data plans for as little as $25 a month and, while not offering price cuts on devices, does in fact offer some nice freebies for those switching over from another carrier. Right now it’s a $200 online gift card and free Apple HomePod Mini smart speaker.
Total cost: $799VIEW DEAL
Apple iPhone 13: $100 off pre-order bonus, plus $700 off with a trade-in
Walmart’s offering a small but welcome $100 pre-order saving on all devices with its initial batch of iPhone 13 deals. While not a massive saving by itself, it’s available regardless of whether you trade in or not. Speaking of trade-ins, Walmart also offers fairly generous terms for older devices that often match those offered by the carriers themselves.
Total cost: $0 to $200 (AT&T) | $0 to $200 (Verizon)VIEW DEAL
Apple iPhone 13: save up to $800 with trade at Best Buy
Alongside Walmart, Best Buy should be another top retailer to check out for the upcoming iPhone 13 pre-order deals. Details are a bit thin on the ground right now since this retailer hasn’t launched its product pages yet, but we expect it to lead with a trade-in saving and maybe an activation rebate too. On the whole, this retailer tends to offer better trade-in value than Walmart, but it probably won’t have Walmart’s $100 pre-order bonus saving.
Total cost: $0 (AT&T) | $99 (Verizon) | $0 (Sprint / T-Mobile)VIEW DEAL
iPhone 13 deals: what you need to know
IPHONE 13: SPECS
OS: iOS 14 | Screen size: 6.1-inch Retina XDR (60Hz)| Resolution: 2532 x 1170 | CPU: Apple A15 | Memory: N/A | Weight: 173g |Storage: 128 / 256 / 512GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide| Front camera: 12MP
So, it’s here – the new iPhone 13. At first glance, it looks rather like the iPhone 12 doesn’t it? Indeed, all the latest 2021 flagships from Apple rock that same ‘squared’ off aesthetic as the 12-series devices from 2020. That’s not all either, the latest iPhone 13 is also retailing at an introductory price of $799 – exactly the same as last year’s model.
That’s where the similarities end, though. Key new features include an upgraded OLED display with up to 28% improved peak brightness, plus A15 Bionic processor – a chip that Apple claims has up to 50% faster performance than any competitor. Take that Samsung.
You’ll also find a brand new diagonal rear camera system with an upgraded sensor and image stabilization on the iPhone 13. Supporting these improvements is a new ‘Cinematic mode’ for video capture – a very nifty little piece of software that uses computation for automatic and easy focus shifting.
A slightly less glamorous, but always welcome upgrade is in the iPhone 13’s battery life. Not only does it have a bigger capacity now, but improvements via the new ‘smart data’ mode enable more efficient usage overall.
Overall, the iPhone 13 does have some very beefy upgrades under the hood. That said, the new $599 retail price for the iPhone 12 also makes it a very attractive (and still 5G compatible) alternative to this latest flagship if you’re on a budget.