So you want to switch to iPhone? Prepare your bank account. Some thought Apple would announce a lower-cost iPhone in 2018. That didn’t happen. Your “budget” option is the iPhone 7, a phone over two years old that starts at £449.
It’s still a great mobile, but there are a few things to consider. Older, smaller iPhones like this only have a single rear camera so they can’t produce photos where the background is blurred, for a DSLR-like look.
The iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus can use this mode, called Portrait, though. They also lack Face ID, Apple’s version of Face unlocking. Older iPhones have Touch ID instead, the fingerprint scanner just below the display. If you’re ready to go all-out, check out the new iPhone XR, XS and XS Max.
What’s the difference? The slightly cheaper XR has a lower-resolution LCD screen, the XS phones have OLED displays. The XS phones also have a second 2x zoom camera. However, unlike the older single-rear-camera phones, the iPhone XR can use the neat background blur Portrait mode. Here’s a quick run-down of the starting prices for all the current models, direct from Apple. iPhone 7 – £449 iPhone 7 Plus – £569 iPhone 8 – £599 iPhone 8 Plus – £699 iPhone XR – £749 iPhone XS – £999 iPhone XS Max – £1099.
What happened to the iPhone X? It has been discontinued, replaced by the iPhone XS. It is similar, but has a new processor and improved camera. If you’re on the hunt for a deal, you can’t use our favourite source for Apple bargain’s, official Apple refurbs, as that’s just for Macs and iPads. However, look out for refurbished phones from networks, which are often simply customer returns.