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Is Apple's iPhone 12 really worth $800?

New iPhone is first with 5G capability
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Posted at 11:14 AM, Oct 22, 2020

Apple's big announcement about the iPhone 12 is generating more buzz than other recent models, since it will be the first iPhone with 5G capability.

But is it worth buying? Or should you stick with an older model?

Despite the lack of a flashy rollout in stores, Apple is expected to sell tens of millions of the new iPhone 12, starting late October.

The Washington Post, though, says most people don't need an iPhone 12 now, because true 5G coverage remains limited and far apart.

That means most people will still be using 4G LTE for the most part.

And brand new phones are never cheap.

  • The cheapest new iPhone 12 is the Mini, at $700.
  • The standard iPhone 12 will cost $800.
  • And the iPhone 12 Pro --with Apple's best camera ever -- is $1,000.

In addition, don't expect big discounts on new iPhones these days.

Remember when an iPhone was almost free with a two-year contract?

Providers will still sell you one with no upfront charge, but you may have to pay $25 or $30 a month for years, until you pay off that $700 or more.

Want a cheaper upgrade? The Post report recommends last year's iPhone 11, currently $600, or last year's SE, selling for $400 or even less.

And those prices could drop further soon, with the new model on sale.

But if 5G and the latest tech is important to you, then go out and purchase the 12.

If you can wait a few weeks, you should find some good Black Friday deals in late November, so you don't waste your money.

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