What is the Newest iPhone Out Right Now? [September 2020]

Any casual fan of Apple knows one thing for sure about the company: new iPhones arrive right on time every fall. Of course, 2020 is anything but a normal year, and while we should be talking about the newest features of the iPhone 12, that hasn’t happened just yet.

As hinted at by Apple during their earnings call in July, this year’s iPhones have been pushed to an upcoming October event, with the annual September event focused solely on Apple Watch and new iPads. While iOS 14’s launch will remain uneffected, we’ll have to wait just a while longer for a new iPhone.

So, if you need a phone right this instant and want to make sure you’re picking up the newest one, you’ve come to the right guide. Let’s explore the four newest iPhones while also taking a look at what’s coming from Apple next month.

iPhone 11

With the iPhone 11 line, Apple has finally returned to Arabic numerals, clearing up the X/ten controversy from the last two years (the iPhone X was pronounced the iPhone Ten, but if you had a nickel for every time someone says iPhone Ecks, well, you could afford an iPhone 11). However, the naming structure of the iPhone 11 represents something more than just a simple clarification. Instead, it’s clear that Apple has finally positioned the iPhone 11 as the “iPhone for everyone.”

Replacing the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 features the exact same design and display as last year, but with some added features that make it much improved. The biggest improvements come in the camera department, with an added ultra-wide lens on the back of the phone. The iPhone 11 also features improved camera processing, which helps to position the iPhone as a real challenger to Google’s Pixel phones, often considered the reigning champ of the smartphone camera war.

Improved processing power is to be expected, as is the larger battery that improves on the already-great battery runtime in last year’s iPhone XR. The real feature with the iPhone 11, however, is the new price. Starting at $699, the iPhone 11 is fifty dollars less than the starting price of the iPhone XR last year. If you’re willing to pay $749, the same starting price as last year’s phone, you can double your storage to 128GB. It’s a great way to get some extra functionality from your phone—and with how good the iPhone 11 is, you could likely hold onto this device for upwards of three or four years without any serious problems.

Here’s the full spec list for the iPhone 11:

  • Weight: 194g
  • Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
  • Operating System: iOS 13
  • Screen size: 6.1 inches
  • Resolution: 1792 x 828 pixels
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Battery: 3110mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP front-facing
  • Starting price: $699

iPhone 11 Pro

If the iPhone 11 serves as the successor for the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 Pro is the newest phone in the iPhone X series. As the smallest new iPhone, you can buy today, the iPhone 11 Pro is a must-have for a lot of people. The iPhone 11 Pro is the first time Apple has ever given the “Pro” moniker to an iPhone, and while there’s a lot to love about this phone, it’s missing a couple of features—namely USB-C instead of Lightning—that stop it from truly feeling like the first iPhone built for pros.

Despite the power cable, there are still a lot of great features. For the first time since designing the iPhone X, the iPhone 11 Pro finally features great battery life, with Apple putting a much larger battery in this than what was in last year’s phone.

Apple also added three cameras on the back of the device, including the wide and ultra-wide lenses from the iPhone 11 and a telephoto lens last seen on the iPhone XS. The display is brighter than ever, crossing well over 1,000 nits at peak brightness, and the speakers have been upgraded to support Dolby Atmos.

Here’s the full spec list for the iPhone 11 Pro:

  • Weight: 188g
  • Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm
  • Operating System: iOS 13
  • Screen size: 5.8 inches
  • Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Battery: 3046mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP front-facing
  • Starting price: $999

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Much like the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is identical to the iPhone 11 Pro in everything but size. In other words, it’s the iPhone 11 Pro, but more. The biggest change here is the larger battery, helping to grant the Pro Max up to ten full hours of screen-on time in regular usage.

It’s a huge phone, and that massive battery also makes it one of the heaviest iPhones ever released by Apple. That said, outside of the larger display and battery, you gain or lose nothing with the Pro Max—except, of course, for an extra $100.

Here are the full specs for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • Weight: 226g
  • Dimensions: 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm
  • Operating System: iOS 13
  • Screen size: 6.5 inches
  • Resolution: 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Battery: 3969mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP front-facing
  • Starting price: $1099

iPhone SE (2nd Generation)

After years of rumors, Apple finally launched a successor to the original iPhone SE in April of 2020, and for better or worse, they were exactly what we expected to see. This new iPhone SE ditches the iPhone 5S design language and instead implements the look of 2017’s iPhone 8, right down to the 4.7″ screen, and the rounded camera bump on the back.

Think of the iPhone SE as an iPhone 8 crossed with an iPhone 11, featuring IP67 water resistance, up to 256GB of storage, an improved camera, and an A13 Bionic processor, all for just $399. Compared to the iPhone 11 series, Apple’s redesigned SE is a cost-efficient option with great power in a smaller frame. Aside from the downgrade on camera, this is an excellent phone for anyone who enjoyed the iPhone 8 or earlier models.

Here are the full specs for the new iPhone SE:

  • Weight: 148g
  • Dimensions: 67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3mm
  • Operating System: iOS 13
  • Screen size: 4.7 inches
  • Resolution: 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: Unknown
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Battery: Unknown
  • Cameras: 12MP single lens, 7MP front-facing camera
  • Starting price: $399

Rumored iPhones

The iPhone 11 series might be the newest on the block, but Apple isn’t stopping here. The 2020 iPhone rumors are already popping up, pointing at a brand-new redesign for the first time since the iPhone X in 2017. With the 2020 iPhone SE already announced, it’s finally time to focus on the 2020 flagship device. Reportedly, Apple will offer this year’s iPhone in three sizes: 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″, with the former two being the successors to the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max and the latter the successor to the iPhone 11.

That sees the Pro series getting both smaller and larger in the two OLED models, while the entry-level iPhone 11 stays at 6.1″ with an LCD panel. Other rumors suggest a redesigned frame featuring a boxier design, similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

We do know one thing for sure: this year’s iPhones will not launch in September. After Qualcomm announced that a delay of a significant upcoming 5G device would harm the company’s quarterly earnings, Apple confirmed that this year’s devices will not ship until later in the fall, likely in October.

This also all but confirms that 5G will come to the iPhone series in 2020.

Other iPhones

With the announcement of the second-gen iPhone SE essentially taking the iPhone 8 off the market, Apple only offers one remaining smartphone: the iPhone XR. Available for $599, the iPhone XR remains a great phone at a low cost, although with the iPhone SE now priced for $200 less, some folks may be tempted to stick with the smaller model.

Still, the iPhone XR does run iOS 13 and should get you years of iOS updates to come, making it a great budget-friendly choice with a more modern design than the iPhone SE.

Which iPhone Should I Buy?

As always, this choice is dictated mostly by budget. If you’re budgetless, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the best of the best, and the displays on both phones are truly remarkable. That said, most users would be better off getting the iPhone 11. At just $699, it’s a perfect all-around phone, complete with a spacious 6.1″ display and some fun colors that aren’t offered to the Pro line. You still get the ultra-wide camera to play around with, and most features stay the same between the two devices.

The only reason to choose the Pro or Pro Max over the iPhone 11, in our eyes, is that display. If you can, play around with both phones in a store to get a feel for what the displays on each phone look like. The iPhone 11’s screen is much lower in resolution and uses an LCD panel rather than the OLED technology on the Pro series. For some, the decrease in sharpness and the reduction in color detail may be too much of a sacrifice, but most consumers will be hard-pressed to notice the difference.

For those who are still using their older model iPhone for the home button, the new iPhone SE is a clear winner. As technology develops, some users don’t exactly appreciate strange features like losing a home button (or headphone jack – thanks for that one Apple). The SE is a low-cost solution with nostalgic features (except the headphone jack of course) so every user can access their favorite iOS features like FaceTime and iMessage.

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