Best Black Friday iPhone deals: recap

Best Black Friday iPhone deals: recap
Black Friday may be over, but if you're looking to buy an iPhone for cheaper, worry not, because we now have Black Friday 2023 to look forward to. Bookmark this page and stay tuned for the weeks prior to November 24 for the best early Black Friday 2023 iPhone deals - we'll have them right here for you!

In the meantime, let's recap what went down during the previous Black Friday in terms of Apple iPhone deals, so you know exactly what to expect...

What were the best iPhone deals on Black Friday 2022?

Unlike how things go for Samsung phones during Black Friday, we saw pretty tepid (but still welcome) deals on iPhones, including refurbished and carrier-locked ones.

Walmart was offering a $300 eGift card with the latest iPhone 14 Pro Max, with an AT&T or Verizon activation. You could alternatively get a refurbished, older iPhone 11 Pro Max on Amazon for 43% off, so as always - if you're cool with an older flagship iPhone - expect good deals in 2023 too!

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

The Good

  • Exceptional, industry-leading performance
  • Dynamic Island is a fun and useful twist on the punch hole
  • Very good battery life
  • Superb video-recording quality
  • Very bright and beautiful display with Always-On functionality
  • Premium, posh design

The Bad

  • Relatively slow charging speed
  • Small evolutionary improvements
  • Lack of physical SIM feels like an inconvenience

Don't like the Pro Max size? Not a problem - last time around, the same offer extended to the iPhone 14 Pro on Verizon or AT&T. To reiterate, that was a $300 eGift card from Walmart. You got all the perks of a Pro-branded iPhone that you would get if you bought the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but just with a slightly more compact size: get flawless performance, an awesome camera system, and the latest from Apple now!

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

The Good

  • Fastest and smoothest phone in the industry
  • Fun and useful new "Dynamic Island"
  • Industry-leading video recording quality
  • 48MP ProRAW photos will get photogs excited, but limited appeal for others
  • Satellite connectivity and Crash detection could save your life
  • Screen gets impressively bright, easy to use outdoors

The Bad

  • Not much has changed from 13 Pro
  • Charging speeds are still slower than competition
  • Lack of SIM card on US models might be a nuisance for travelers
  • Excessive sharpening in photos

Similar deals went down for older iPhones. For example, Walmart was giving eGift cards worth $400 with the iPhone 13!

Apple iPhone 13

Apple iPhone 13

The Good

  • Much improved battery life
  • Dynamic and jolly photos in more challenging conditions
  • Easy to view outdoors display with perfect calibration
  • Snazzy Cinematic video mode
  • Double the predecessor storage for the same price

The Bad

  • Slow display refresh rate for the price point
  • Wired and wireless charging take comparatively long
  • Cinematic video mode is finicky without good lighting
  • Taller notch eats into some video formats
  • Worse value for money ratio than the iPhone 13 Pro

If you wanted a small iPhone - you could pick up a $349 iPhone 12 mini! With Walmart being the bastion of prepaid carriers and Straight Talk, in particular, it's little wonder that it offered the iPhone 12 mini for just $349. That's one of the lowest entry points in the Apple iPhone ecosphere and for a fast compact device at that! We can reasonably expected similar offers for the iPhone 13 mini next time around!

Apple iPhone 13 mini

Apple iPhone 13 mini

The Good

  • Compact, light, comfortable to carry
  • Bright and accurate screen
  • Great camera system
  • Fast performance
  • 128 GB base storage

The Bad

  • 60 Hz screen
  • Small screen is not for powerusers - feels cramped
  • Battery life is OK, but still the worst in the lineup

Looking for an affordable iPhone? iPhone SE (2nd Generation - 2020) got discounted by 20% last time around. The 2nd-generation iPhone SE was available at Walmart with a great Black Friday 20% discount, which is not too shabby at all. This was the 64GB version, locked to AT&T. If you're looking for a cheaper iPhone that is still getting the latest software updates in a more compact size, this is the iPhone to go for, so stay tuned for Black Friday 2023 and its future deals on this model, and the newer iPhone SE (2022)!

Apple iPhone SE (2022)

Apple iPhone SE (2022)

The Good

  • Affordable price
  • Light, thin and compact
  • iPhone with a button classic vibe
  • 5G connectivity with C-band support
  • Super fast processor
  • Camera is great for day shots, video

The Bad

  • Feels dated
  • LCD screen instead of AMOLED
  • Screen feels too small for a modern phone
  • Battery life is improved, but still below average
  • Camera lacks night mode, has no ultra-wide lens
  • Only 64GB base storage

Where to find the best iPhone deals on Black Friday?

We will have the best Black Friday 2023 iPhone deals right here for you! Just bookmark this page, return when the event starts, and follow as the deals unfold. As for which retailers offer the best iPhone deals, currently that would be Walmart and Amazon, followed by Best Buy. Along with them, all the major carriers also tend to offer attractive Black Friday deals, so we'll pay attention to the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, among others.

How good are Black Friday iPhone deals?

Despite Apple itself rarely dropping the prices of its phones, other retailers, as well as the major US carriers do in fact tend to offer great Black Friday discounts and deals on iPhones. Realistically - older iPhone models in particular, like the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and now the iPhone 13, as well as already budget, "special" iPhones like the iPhone SE - those are most likely to get the biggest discounts.

And if you don't mind buying refurbished iPhones, you'll likely be able to net yourself even a high-end Pro or Pro Max model via a solid discount. Last time the iPhone 12 Pro Max got a near-$300 discount, too, while the 13 Pro Max was $100 off at Walmart.

Lastly, if you're cool with contracts, you'll be happy to know that the iPhone 14 and below models can be had for free at Verizon, T-Mobile, or AT&T, while the Pro models go down to just about $3 or $8 per month, which is quite light on the wallet!

How to find the best iPhone deals on Black Friday?

Walmart and Best Buy, as well as sometimes Amazon, traditionally have some of the most attractive iPhone deals on Black Friday, whether it's for new iPhones, refurbished, or with a contract and monthly payments. Watch this space on the runup to Black Friday, as we'll have the best iPhone deals right here for you!

Can you get an unlocked iPhone on Black Friday?

Yes you can! Even newer iPhones can be found discounted for Black Friday, with no contracts, carrier locks or anything like that. In fact, Apple offers the widest number of carrier network bands, so you can grab one with the full certainty that you can use it everywhere, even if you have to go through the carrier motions to unlock it after a certain amount of time has passed.


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