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Amazon Prime Day iPhone deals 2022: A recap

Best Amazon Prime Day iPhone deals 2022: the deals are here!
Naturally, one of the most sought after goods on Amazon Prime Day are iPhones, and due to the fact that many major stores are also running their parallel shopping events simultaneously, you're more likely than not to get a new iPhone.

Prime Day 2022 was in July 2022, but we didn't see many great deals on iPhones. However, we saw Apple's iPhones massively discounted on other retailers at the same time, namely Best Buy, which still classified as a great time to score an iPhone!

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Will Amazon Prime Day have iPhone deals?

Well, usually Apple's iPhones are not part of Prime Day, but this can always change for the better, and we remain hopeful! While we expected at least some deals on the iPhone 13, iPhone 12, and iPhone 11-series, we didn't get any, at least on Amazon. Rival retailers took advantage of that, hopefully. 

What were this year's best Prime day iPhone deals?

This year, we didn't get any noteworthy discounts on Apple's iPhones on Amazon, but we got some nice ones on Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. In 2021, however, we had a few notable deals on iPhones, which weren't that drastic but still let you score a neat discount. You could score up to 25% off on most older iPhones last year, while the iPhone 12 series was up to 10% off. Those are great savings, no matter how you look at it, and we definitely expect those deals to apply to other iPhones, like the iPhone SE (2020) or the iPhone SE (2022).

iPhone deals on Prime Day 2022

While Amazon didn't get any noteworthy deals, but Best Buy, Target, and Walmart did. You could score $100 off on the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions, as well as on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini on Best Buy. 

Best iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max Prime Day deals

We expect that many older iPhone models could be put on sale during the upcoming Amazon Prime Day, but the latest iPhone 13 series will also likely get discounted a little. Supposedly, we could see between $50 and $100 to be written off the iPhone 13 series, as that's what was written off of the iPhone 12 series last year during the event.

You can check out some current iPhone 13 deals here.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

The Good

  • Amazing battery life
  • Super bright display with great colors
  • Fastest performance of any phone
  • Improved camera
  • Best video quality of any phone

The Bad

  • Lacks fast charging
  • Size is a bit extreme and it is a heavy phone
  • Cinematic Mode needs some more polish
  • No USB-C makes life more complicated

Best iPhone 13 Prime Day deals

The iPhone 13 is shaping up to be another bestseller that will likely score a price reduction at the upcoming Amazon Prime Day festival. We expect up to $100 to be discounted, making this a potentially great buy for just about anyone.

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

Best iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max Prime Day deals

The iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are great alternatives to the newer iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Sure, they lack high refresh rates and a couple of camera improvements, but they are still worthy. Given historical trends, those two former flagships might see up to 30% in discounts, which means one thing only - watch out for these two during the deals festival.

We expect that the potential discounting of the older iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max could bode very well with people willing to get capable triple-camera iPhones even though they don't come with the fastest mobile Apple chipset or screens wit fast refresh rate. Such deals might as well be the hidden surprise.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

The Good

  • Premium design
  • Outstanding OLED display
  • Versatile and reliable triple-camera system
  • Unstoppable performance

The Bad

  • Still very expensive, starting at $999
  • No charger, no headphones in the box
  • No high refresh rate display

Best iPhone 12 Prime Day deals

It's open season for the iPhone 12 series and any other older but still relevant iPhones. If you're not necessarily gunning for the latest and greatest, then the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini could be a decent match for a ton of people. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are probably 95% similar to what you'd get out of the newer iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, but they will be definitely more affordable in comparison. 

Apple iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12

The Good

  • New design is pretty and compact
  • OLED screen, finally!
  • MagSafe is cool and has potential
  • Outstanding performance
  • One of the best cameras on a smartphone

The Bad

  • No charger, no headphones in the box
  • 64 GB of storage is fine, but feels a bit stingy in current ecosystem
  • No telephoto lens
  • No ultra high refresh rate

The main difference between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini is their size. The smaller phone comes with a smaller display, size, and battery, which should be okay for those willing to carry a smaller but still capable phone around. Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 seems like an excellent compromise between size and specs, offering decent battery life and a large enough display in not so imposing footprint, all thanks to the refreshed flat design that makes new iPhones feel more compact that they are.

Apple iPhone 12 mini

Apple iPhone 12 mini

The Good

  • Tiny, cute, pocketable, comfortable
  • Same great display as all iPhone 12 series
  • Same great camera as iPhone 12
  • MagSafe is cool and has potential
  • Fast performance, lots of headroom

The Bad

  • The camera module looks a bit goofy on a mini phone
  • No charger, no headphones in the box
  • Battery can drain fast
  • 64 GB starting storage is OK, but feels a bit stingy
  • 60 Hz refresh rate

Best iPhone 11 Prime Day deals

We suspect that the iPhone 11 series will also be massively discounted during Amazon Prime Day, not only on Amazon but across other retailers that still sell these massively popular iPhones from 2019. Despite that they are nearly two years and a half old, the iPhone-11 series devices are still mostly similar to their successors: save for the new design and faster chipsets, the overall experience is mostly similar, thus getting an iPhone 11 Pro or an iPhone 11 Pro Max might be excellent choices for those not lured in by the latest cutting edge tech.

Apple iPhone 11

Apple iPhone 11

The Good

  • Snappy performance
  • Versatile dual-camera setup with Night Mode
  • Speakers are LOUD
  • Cool design and colors
  • Face ID is fast and reliable
  • Affordable pricing

The Bad

  • Display leaves a lot to be desired

Best iPhone SE Prime Day deals

And finally, let's not forget that Apple announced a new iPhone SE (2022) earlier this year, and that one is likely going to be on sale on Amazon Prime Day as well. Still, we expect the phone to be discounted, probably by up to $50.

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

Are iPhones new or refurbished on Prime Day?

Unless otherwise stated, you will most likely receive a boxed, unactivated iPhone. Meanwhile, if you're buying an iPhone that's a couple of generations old, you will most likely get one of Amazon's Renewed devices. Those are all pre-owned, and while not Apple-certified, they have been "inspected, tested, and cleaned". There's a chance that a third-party seller and not necessarily Amazon will be handling your purchase.

How to find the best iPhone deals on Prime Day?

It's simple to find the finest iPhone discounts on Prime Day. If you've already decided on a model, all you have to do now is browse Amazon for the greatest deals. Of course, we will be highlighting everything noteworthy come Amazon Prime Day 2022.

Should you buy an iPhone on Amazon Prime Day?

Overall, there's a pretty large pool of iPhones that could get discounted come Amazon's next deal extravaganza. Supposedly, older devices like the iPhone 12/12 mini and iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max would form the majority of deals, but we expect to see some slight price reductions on newer phones like the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, and iPhone SE (2022).

Still, we feel that the best deals will be the ones including the wildly popular iPhone 12-series and likely refurbished iPhone 11, 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max units. While it lacks a telephoto camera and has a slightly older chipset, the iPhone 12 is mostly identical to the iPhone 13 in many areas, so it would be advisable to grab one if it's well discounted. There's a very high chance that the best deal this Amazon Prime Day would include the iPhone 12 in some form.

If you're on the hunt for a more "Pro" choice, then any deals including the iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max, or even the older iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max, should come off as quite interesting to you. Despite lacking the newer chipsets and lacking smooth displays with high refresh rates, the older Pro models are still capable and could potentially provide you with an excellent experience.

Overall, if you're not one to hold their breath for the upcoming iPhone 14 series, there will hardly be a better time to get an existing iPhone model rather than the upcoming Amazon Prime Day.

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