2020 has been really tough on everything. The smartphone market is still feeling the effects of the current situation we have. Despite that, Apple went ahead and launched the new iPhone SE. Now that it’s out, you might be wondering which iPhone to get. I’m here to give you this early 2020 iPhone lineup!
With the new iPhone SE, all the iPhones in the current lineup ditch 3D Touch for Haptic Touch. That basically replicates most of what 3D Touch did, but with a long press. Another thing to note is that the iPhone XR is the only iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip. The rest of the lineup has the latest A13 Bionic chip. That includes the new iPhone SE, which replaces the iPhone 8 as the only iPhone with Touch ID and the old design.
NOTE: I am not including the iPhone models that are currently sold in the Philippines but are not in Apple Resellers.
Early 2020 iPhone Lineup
Price (US / PH):
$399 / P26,490 (64GB), $449 / P30,490 (128GB), $549 / P36,490 (256GB)
Available Colors: Black, White, (PRODUCT)RED
Notable Specs: 4.7-inch display, A13 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, Home button with Touch ID, Haptic Touch, glass design, wireless charging
On April 15, Apple announced the new iPhone SE that carries an iPhone 8 body and an A13 Bionic chip. This new iPhone SE isn’t as small as the old one though.
The new SE carries most of what came with the iPhone 8: a 4.7-inch display, glass back, IP67 water resistance, Qi wireless charging, and USB-C fast charging. (Sadly, you can only get fast charging if you buy the USB-C to Lightning cable and the 18W USB-C Power Adapter.) Unlike the iPhone 8, this one removes 3D Touch for Haptic Touch.
Who are these for? This phone is A GREAT DEAL for those looking for a new iPhone. Despite still carrying the old design, most of us would rather use Touch ID right now given our current situation. If you’re STILL carrying an iPhone 6 or 6s, this is a definite upgrade for you!
Price: $599 / P40,990 (64GB), $649 / P43,990 (128GB)
Available Colors: (PRODUCT)RED, Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue
Notable Specs: A12 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, 6.1″ Liquid Retina LCD display, 7MP TrueDepth front camera system, Face ID, 12MP rear camera with OIS, glass design, wireless charging
Guess the reach of the iPhone XR is farther than even what Apple expected. It’s their most popular iPhone last year due to the lower price tag, great battery life, and wide color choice. This was the first time Apple offered a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone as a standard color.
As mentioned, the iPhone XR comes in multiple colors, has a 6.1-inch LCD display, and gets the same A12 Bionic chip and 12MP wide-angle camera. Despite it only having a single camera, it can take Portrait photos thanks to the new Neural Engine in the A12 Bionic chip!
Who is this for? This phone actually got a HUGE P10,000 discount! (Its launch price was P50,990 for the 64GB model.) If you want a modern iPhone but can’t reach either of the new models, this phone is even a better deal for the price! It’s tougher to recommend now compared to last year because of the new iPhone SE though. The newer chip inside the SE makes it take better photos than the XR.
Price: $699 / P47,990 (64GB), $749 / P50,990 (128GB), $849 / P56,990 (256GB)
Available Colors: (PRODUCT)RED, Yellow, White, Green, Black, Purple
Notable Specs: A13 Bionic chip, 4GB RAM, 6.1″ Liquid Retina LCD display, 12MP TrueDepth front camera system, Better Face ID with multiple angles, Dual rear cameras: 12MP wide with f/1.8 aperture and 12MP ultra-wide with f/2.4 aperture, glass design, wireless charging
Banking on the popularity of the iPhone XR, Apple named its successor the iPhone 11. This tells me that THIS is the iPhone to get for most people, and I tend to agree. It seems that a lot of reviewers do too.
The $699 starting price (P47,990 in PH) alone makes it worth your consideration. Yes, there are phones with flagship-caliber specs at this price point with more bells and whistles. There’s something to be said about having a no-fuss experience despite some compromises. It has the A13 Bionic chip which gives it 1 hour better battery life than the iPhone XR. This iPhone now has dual rear cameras but with a twist: you get a 12MP ultra-wide camera! It helps in getting more of the scene in your photo.
Who is this for? Basically, this is for anyone looking for an iPhone with the modern design but can’t reach that Pro price. The iPhone 11 takes everything good about the XR and improves in almost every aspect. It’s also $50 cheaper than the XR when it first launched, so it’s about what you expect for a normal iPhone.
iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Pro – $999 / P67,990 (64GB), $1149 / P76,990 (256GB), $1349 / P89,990 (512GB)
iPhone 11 Pro Max – $1099 / P73,990 (64GB), $1249 / P82,990 (256GB), $1449 / P95,990 (512GB)
Available Colors: Midnight Green, Gold, Silver, Space Gray
Notable Specs: A13 Bionic chip, 4GB RAM, 5.8-inch (11 Pro) / 6.5-inch (11 Pro Max) Super Retina XDR Display, 12MP TrueDepth front camera system, Better Face ID with multiple angles, Triple rear cameras: 12MP wide with f/1.8 aperture, 12MP telephoto with f/2.0 aperture and 12MP ultra-wide with f/2.4 aperture, matte-backed glass, wireless charging, comes with 18W fast charger and Lightning to USB-C cable
Thanks to the resounding success of the iPhone XR, Apple had to rebrand the successors of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. With that, we now have the first Pro iPhones in the iPhone lineup.
The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max maintain the same screen sizes as its predecessors. They also share most of the specs with the iPhone 11: the A13 Bionic chip and the wide and ultra-wide rear cameras. What makes them stand out is the better Super Retina XDR display with 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and proper HDR support. They also have the 12MP telephoto rear camera that now has a faster f/2.0 aperture.
Who is this for? Unlike last year where most of the focus was on the Xs and Xs Max, most people will gun for that iPhone 11. I said it best in a tweet:
There’s nothing more to say but that.
There you have it! That was my iPhone lineup guide as of early 2020. Have you decided on which iPhone you’re getting? Sound off in the comments section below!
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(5/6/2020) Removed: iPhone 8 and 8 Plus; Added: 2020 iPhone SE
(10/9/2019) Updated with Philippines pricing on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
(09/15/2019) Updated with changes to iPhone lineup due to Apple’s September 2019 event:
Removed: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max
Added: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
(10/26/2018) Updated with Philippines pricing on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
(09/16/2018) Updated to reflect changes to iPhone lineup based on Apple’s September 2018 event. Removed iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone X. Added iPhone XR, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max.