The iPhone 11 is by no means the new kid on the block. Apple’s been selling it since the fall of 2019, when it launched for $799. Right now, however, it’s available for $599 on Apple’s website, making for a tempting deal. In fact, that price might be all you need to hear to make a decision. But what if you’re still wondering whether to snap up 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’ll depend on your individual wants and needs, as well as how you prioritize them.
Display quality: You won’t get a 120Hz refresh rate on an iPhone 11 (or iPhone 12)
The iPhone 11 uses a crisp LCD screen that refreshes at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz. Apple traded up in the iPhone 12, equipping it with an OLED screen, though it kept the display at 60Hz just like most phones. OLEDs are typically more vibrant than their LCD counterparts, with richer contrast and inkier 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 boast an OLED panel too, though Apple is expected to bump up the refresh rate to 120Hz. The faster refresh rate will translate to smoother, snappier scrolling through apps and websites.
Software support: How long will the iPhone 11 get iOS software updates?
The 2015 iPhone 6S is currently the oldest supported iPhone that will get the next operating system, iOS 15, when the general release lands sometime in the fall. (The public beta of iPhone’s next operating system iOS 15 is already here, and.) Based on that and some quick mental math, we can deduce that Apple plans to provide iPhone support for up to six years from launch. As a result, with the iPhone 11, unveiled in 2019, you can rest comfortably knowing that you can expect updates through 2025.
Durability and water resistance: How durable do you want your iPhone to be?
One of the iPhone 12’s big improvements is the material of its display. Apple calls it “ceramic shield” glass. Made by Corning, the ceramic shield glass covering the phone’s display is apparently harder than most metals. Indeed, we can confirm that the iPhone 12’s ceramic shield is tough. Our iPhone 12 drop tests show it protected the hardware from drops as high as 9 feet. (CNET’s iPhone 12 Mini drop tests yielded similar results.) So if you’re a big klutz and are prone to slips and drops, springing for this current iPhone is a wise move (or just get a really nice iPhone case). Keep in mind,, either. It also survived and and earned a . You can read our iPhone 11 review for more details.
Price and budget: How much do you want to spend on an iPhone?
As I said earlier, Apple is selling the nearly two-year-old iPhone 11 for $200 less now than when it was 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 educated guesses. Chances are it’ll come in at the same starting prices as iPhone 12. Depending on what the iPhone 13 turns out to be, getting a heavily discounted iPhone 12 may be a better option.